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Teacher Cadets Program


"I encourage all school districts and educator preparation programs to get involved and support this statewide effort to build a talented pipeline of future educators. It's an exciting opportunity for us all." - Misty Harp, Teacher Recruitment and Retention Program Advisor

The Arkansas Teacher Cadets Program is a nationally recognized high school teacher recruitment program aimed at attracting the best and brightest students to the teaching profession. The Program provides a curriculum-based, hands-on approach to educate students on the requirements to become a successful teacher and enables students to put their knowledge to work through a classroom internship.

The mission of the program is to encourage academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. It provides the opportunity for schools and districts to identify and recruit homegrown teachers and educators, providing a gateway for these academically talented students to return to their communities as education professionals. Teacher Cadets is a rigorous college level, dual credit accrual course. For a student to be eligible to enroll in the Teacher Cadets course, candidates must have a “B” average and successfully complete the application and selection process. 

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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