Become a Teacher in Arkansas

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Teaching in Arkansas Snapshot

$48,600Secondary School Teacher Salary
$45,120Elementary School Teacher Salary
$9,616Public School Spending Per Student

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ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

http://www.arkansased.org/
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-4475

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Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Arkansas

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Prerequisite Coursework in Arkansas

All states require that prospective teachers have at least a Bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification. Some states also have specific course and credit-hour requirements.

Teacher education programs generally consist of two elements—curricula and fieldwork. Curricula generally include instruction on teaching fundamental skills, pedagogy (the science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Fieldwork often includes field observations, internships, student teaching or a combination of all three.

Check with your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information about specific requirements. Arkansas does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, but every college or university teacher preparation program will have requirements of its own. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information. 

 

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Arkansas Teacher Certification Programs

Teacher preparation typically requires the completion of an accredited teaching certification program. To earn your teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program.  More information on preparation for the Arkansas License and a list of accredited teacher preparation programs can be found at the Arkansas Department of Education Educator Preparation page.

 

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Required Tests for Arkansas

Arkansas requires teachers to take the Praxis I/PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test) for entry into a teacher preparation program, the Praxis II test in your subject area, and the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching exam.

You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.coms' Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.

Initial Teaching Certifications

Earning your Arkansas teaching credential will require completing the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as completing an accredited teacher’s certification program.

Arkansas has two main levels of licensure – Provisional, which allows qualified professionals to teach while completing required coursework, and Standard, for teachers who have fulfilled the standard requirements. Learn more about earning your Arkansas teaching credential at the Arkansas Department of Education Educator Licensure Unit page.

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Alternative Certification in Arkansas

Arkansas has several alternatives for certification. Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree can become a Highly Qualified teacher through the Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL), allowing them to teach while completing the requirements for Standard License.  Veterans may be able to earn their license through the Troops to Teachers Program. More non-traditional routes to licensure can be found on the Arkansas Department of Education Non-Traditional Routes to Licensure page.

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Transferring Your Certification

Certification Reciprocity in Arkansas

Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another.. For more specific questions about your situation, contact the Arkansas Department of Education

To find out what other state teaching licenses can be used in Arkansas, check out our Teacher Certification Reciprocity page on Teach.com.

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Jobs, Benefits, and Opportunities for Teachers in Arkansas

Arkansas Teaching Jobs

The Arkansas Department of Education runs a teaching job site where public schools can post job vacancies. Also, Arkansas teaching jobs can also be applied for on the Teachers-Teachers.com website.

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Arkansas Teacher Salary and Incentives

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a teacher in Arkansas is $46,631, which is 121% of the state average.

Salary schedules are determined by school district, with a minimum wage of $30,122 for a Bachelor’s with no experience and up to $61,000 for experienced teachers with a Master’s or Doctorate, according to the Arkansas Department of Education. Arkansas offers increased pay to teachers of high-need subjects or teachers willing to work in high-demand districts. Learn more about

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Arkansas Teacher Benefits and Retirement

Teachers in Arkansas receive healthcare, dental, and vision plans, with optional programs for life insurance and other types of support. The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System website has some helpful guides and multiple plans.  

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Arkansas Teacher Shortage Areas

The United States Department of Education defines a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) as a subject matter or grade level within a state in which there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary teachers.  The shortage may be caused by teaching positions that are unfilled or are filled by teachers who have temporary certification or teach in in academic subject other than their area of preparation.  According to a report by the USDE Office of Postsecondary Education, Arkansas has the following Teacher Shortage Areas:

  • Business
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Library Media
  • Science (Earth, Life, and Physical)
  • Middle Childhood
  • Music
  • Mathematics
  • Special Education

Teacher Shortage information was provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listings for 2016–2017, and was determined by examining the most recent data about unfilled teaching positions; positions filled by teachers certified by irregular, provisional, temporary, or emergency certification; and teachers teaching in subject areas other than their area of preparation.

Financial Aid in Arkansas

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Career Advancement

Professional Development for Arkansas Teachers

In order to renew a Standard teaching license, teachers in Arkansas must complete 36 hours of development training each year. For more information about professional development for teachers and professional development providers in Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Department of Education Professional Development page.

Benefits of a Master's Degree in Arkansas

It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A master's degree in the field of education will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor.

A master's degree in the field of education can give teachers more field experience, as well as a greater knowledge of teaching theory. As the teacher’s job market is increasingly performance based, a Master’s can provide increased job security, as well as higher pay. According to the Arkansas Department of Education, a Master’s degree can result in a $4,000 increase in salary over a Bachelor’s degree.

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University of Southern California Master of Arts in Teaching The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the USC Rossier School of Education prepares you to become a transformative K–12 teacher. Through live online classes and enriching field experiences in your community, you can earn your MAT in less than 18 months without relocating.
Fordham University Master of Science in Teaching The online Master of Science in Teaching program prepares aspiring teachers (grades 1-6) for initial teaching certification or dual certification in teaching and special education.
Harvard University Advanced Certification in Teaching The 8-week Teaching and Learning Strategies for Higher Education online short course is delivered by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX. Students in this course will engage deeply with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context, while refining their own practices, portfolio, and teaching philosophy.
Vanderbilt University Master of Education in School Counseling Vanderbilt University's Peabody College offers an online Master of Education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling for students interested in becoming school counselors and making a meaningful difference in K–12 settings.

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