Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Recruitment and Retention

Teach Arkansas: Educator Recruitment Information

Teacher Cadets Program

The Arkansas Teacher Cadets Program is an innovative approach designed to attract talented young people to the teaching profession through a challenging introduction to teaching.  The program seeks to provide high school students insight into the nature of teaching, challenges in the classroom, and critical issues affecting the quality of education in America's schools.

The Teacher Cadets Program provides districts the unique opportunity to select an elite population of students to become cadets thus, placing them in the pipeline to either become future educators or lifelong advocates of education.

Routes to Educator Licensure

Learn about the various routes to educator licensure by using an interactive infographic at You may also click on the image below to learn about traditonal and non-traditional routes to licensure.

Traditional Route

The traditional route to educator licensure is through a program of study at one of the 19 four-year college/universities that have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to offer educator preparation programs.  Specific subject areas and levels of licensure are offered by each of these institutions.   Information about the Traditional Route to Educator Licensure can be found on the Educator Preparation page.

Non-Traditional Routes

Short descriptions of each non-traditional route to educator licensure in Arkansas are listed on the following ADE webpage: The rules governing the non-traditional licensure program can be found in the Rules Governing Educator Licensure.

Employment Opportunities in Schools

Arkansas Administrator’s Education Association (AAEA) maintains a website for districts to post employment opportunities. Visit to view postings. provides educators with employment opportunities.

Individual School District websites also have employment opportunity pages.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Dyer, Teacher Recruitment and Retention Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Box 5
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone:  501-682-6349
Fax:  501-682-5118

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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ESEA Flexibility

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Latest News & Events

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