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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 currently 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).  In February 2010, these standards were adopted as the “national” standards for the Future Educators Association. 



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. 



The program is open to any Arkansas public or charter school, or career and technology center.  The target groups are high school seniors and juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA/GPR on a 4-point scale and who meet the other qualifications to apply.  

Conway School District
Southside School District (Batesville)
Warren School District



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

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