Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Recruitment and Retention

Become an Arkansas Teacher

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.

Individual School District websites also have employment opportunity pages.

Educators Rising

The Arkansas Department of Education has partnered with Educators Rising, an initiative that promotes education and prepares high school students to become the next generation of great teachers. Administered by Phi Delta Kappa International, an educator association, Educators Rising provides hands-on teaching experiences and complements other programs, like the Arkansas Teacher Cadets program. Educators Rising also can provide a foundation for schools that do not have an existing high school teacher recruitment program. Learn more about Educators Rising.

Arkansas Teacher Cadets Program

The Arkansas Teacher Cadets Program is a nationally recognized teacher recruitment program aimed at attracting the best and brightest high school students to the teaching profession. The program provides a curriculum based, hands-on approach educating students regarding the requirements to become a successful teacher and enabling students to put their knowledge to work through a classroom internship.  The mission of the program is to encourage high performing students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. The Teacher Cadets Program provides the opportunity for schools and districts to recruit homegrown educators and opens a gateway for these students to return to their communities as education professionals.  

Teacher Cadets is a rigorous college-level course.  For a student to be eligible to enroll in the Teacher Cadets course, candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA/GPR on a 4-point scale. 

The Teacher Cadets Program has been adopted in 38 states. Teacher Cadets has 44 rigorous standards, which are correlated with those of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).


The primary goal of the Teacher Cadets Program is to encourage high performing students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career.  An important secondary goal of the program is to provide these talented, future community leaders with insights regarding issues related to teaching and for schools to cultivate a desire to be civic advocates of education throughout their adult lives. 

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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