The University of Arkansas offers programs that lead to licensure in a variety of grade levels and subject areas. Regulations governing the licensure of teachers in Arkansas are issued by the Arkansas Board of Education. Licensure rules and regulations are always subject to change due to current legislative or state departmental actions.

The information below applies to candidates in all teacher education programs. Information about the licensure process and various topics pertaining to licensure will be distributed via a series of emails throughout the student teaching semester or academic year.

Licensure Assessments

Find information and links for ETS Praxis and other required licensure assessments as well as cutoff scores for basic skills testing.

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Initial Teacher
Licensure Programs

Need to know all initial licensure programs offered at the University of Arkansas? Information is here along with contact information and program links.

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Licensure in
Another State

Seeking licensure in another state? See an overview and find links to licensure offices of most commonly asked about states.

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Endorsement by
Program of Study

Find information on adding an endorsement to an existing Arkansas license along with contact information for particular programs.

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Middle Level

Wanting to add middle level content areas to an existing Arkansas license? See information on all requirements , testing and levels available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

See a list of our most commonly asked questions and answers we get about the licensure process.

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Act 1063 of 2017, the Right to Read Act, states: “Beginning no later than the 2022-2023 school year, each state-approved educator preparation program shall post on its website information describing its program to prepare teachers to teach reading using scientific reading instruction aligned with but not limited to the content measured by the stand-alone reading assessment adopted by the State Board of Education under § 6-17-402.” Candidates enrolled in Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-12 programs must complete coursework and pass the Foundations of Reading test to be considered proficient in scientific reading instruction to obtain a license.
Candidates enrolled in all other licensure area programs must complete the coursework to be considered awareness level in scientific reading instruction to obtain a license. In 2019, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education approved (EPP Name) pathways to meet this requirement. The pathways are aligned to the appropriate Foundations of Reading Competencies – Proficiency Level or Foundations of Reading Competencies – Awareness Level. DESE – Approved Course/Modules lists approved courses/modules for all approved licensure programs in Arkansas.