Johnny Key

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Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL)

The Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL), a nontraditional licensure program, is an alternate route to teacher licensure administered by the Arkansas Department of Education. Enrollment in this program allows a candidate with a bachelor’s degree or higher to be employed as a classroom teacher while completing the necessary requirements for a Standard Arkansas Teaching License. Be sure to check out the new computer science option as outlined in the APPEL Computer Science FAQ's 2017-2018 Updated December 2016.pdf.

The program is a two-year preparation track that includes:

  • Appropriate employment as a classroom teacher 
  • Assessments
  • Evaluation and feedback via the state’s teacher evaluation model
  • Face to face and online Instructional Modules
  • Mentoring for the duration of time in the program
  • On-the-job professional learning

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, and must have passed the state mandated assessments prior to making application to the program. Each APPEL participant is assigned a certified mentor to provide support and focused feedback to improve teacher quality.  APPEL participants are mentored for the duration of their time in the program.

Participants work, as teacher of record, under a Provisional Arkansas teaching license for two years. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a Standard Arkansas teaching license.

Further information can be found by clicking the link above or those links found under Related Files on the right.  

To apply for the APPEL program, please complete the APPEL Online Application


For more information, please contact:

Ann Crosser, APPEL Program Advisor
Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL)
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 112B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-371-1582
Fax: 501-682-5118


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