Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Teach Again

According to the Learning Policy Institute, Arkansas ranks in the top 20 percent of states in the nation for “teacher attractiveness." Like many other states, however, Arkansas faces challenges when it comes to hiring and retaining teachers. Arkansas’ teacher pipeline (as measured by enrollment in first-time educator preparation licensure programs) has declined by 58 percent in the past 6 years.

We need YOU!

Children in classrooms across the state need and deserve high quality teachers. If you left the teaching profession, consider reigniting your passion for teaching. If you have an initial teaching license, the door is open for you to explore your options. The Arkansas Department of Education has launched the Teach Again Campaign to create an additional teacher pipeline by bringing outstanding teachers back to the classroom!

Watch one mother share how a teacher has affected her son's life in this Teach Again promo video at

Watch a student recall how a teacher’s words can make an impression that lasts a lifetime:

Watch to learn about an educator who is wholeheartedly dedicated. “She walks the walk and talks the talk.” 
Campaign Timeline:  November 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017
Who’s eligible?
  • Teachers who left the profession and no longer have a current Arkansas license and desire to return to the profession;
  • Teachers who received an initial Arkansas license but did not convert to a standard Arkansas license and who desire to re-enter the educator workforce; and 
  • Retired teachers who do not have a current Arkansas license.*
Renewal Requirements:
  1. 1. Complete an application and pay an application fee of $75
  2. 2. Complete background checks
  3. 3. Complete **36 hours of (free, available online) professional development 
Get Started:

Please complete the Teach Again Contact Form. Once you submit the form, you will be contacted within 48 hours via email with the application, background check instructions, and resources to complete the professional development requirements. 

Reignite your passion for teaching!
* If at least 62 years of age, formerly licensed teachers may be eligible for a lifetime license. 
** Current rules require 60 hours of professional development. The 36-hour requirement is valid only from November 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017, as part of this campaign. Professional development is available online through Arkansas IDEAS.
Questions? Contact the ADE Team at (501) 682-4475.

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