Apply to Teacher Education

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Candidates seeking to obtain licensure in any teacher preparation program at the University of Arkansas need to first apply to the Office of Teacher Education. A $100 fee will be assessed along with your application. You will receive a confirmation email detailing next steps to take after your application and fee are processed.     

When to Apply

We recommend students apply during the fall semester of their sophomore year. We recognize not all programs can follow this timeline but applying early will allow ample time to complete the requirements for clearance through Teacher Education.

Application Process

1.) Apply Online and submit the fee. 

2.) Obtain passing scores on the Math, Reading, and Writing tests of the Praxis Core*, or check to see if you have the equivalent ACT, GRE, or SAT scores to serve as a substitute.

*The Office of Teacher Education now provides access to Praxis Core and Praxis II study content and practice tests through Edmentum.  This service is FREE of charge to you! For more information and instructions on how to access this resource, email teach-ed@uark.edu

3.) Schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints scanned for an Arkansas Department of Education background check. NOTE: As part of the background check, you will also need to submit a notarized Child Maltreatment Background Check Form. All instructions, required documents, and how to sign up for a fingerprinting appointment can be found on the scheduling site.

Clearance Requirements

1.) Completed application and successful fee submission

2.) Passing scores on the Math, Reading, and Writing tests of the Praxis Core or the equivalent ACT, GRE, or SAT scores

3.) Approved status on an Arkansas Department of Education background check

When we have verified all steps above have been completed, you will receive confirmation by email

NOTE: Clearance from Teacher Education at the University of Arkansas IS NOT admission into your specific program of choice. You must contact your content area adviser for further program specific requirements and deadlines.   

For questions about applying to Teacher Education contact: 

Office of Teacher Education
College of Education and Health Professions
336 Graduate Education Building
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-6073 | Email: teach-ed@uark.edu