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.
Upon posting of the student's degree and receipt of all required materials, completed application packets are sent directly to the Arkansas Department of Education by the Office of Teacher Education. ADE will issue a teaching license to the applicant approximately two weeks after receipt of the appropriate documents. Applicants can look up the status of their teaching license in the Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS).
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 beginning September 1, 2017 via a series of emails throughout the student teaching semester or academic year.
Checklists and Letters
Wondering what you have to complete for licensure? Use the online licensure checklist to track your progress on all licensure tasks.
Praxis / Edmentum
Find information and links for ETS Praxis and other required licensure assessments as well as cutoff scores for basic skills testing.
Need to know all initial licensure programs offered at the University of Arkansas? Information is here along with contact information and program links.
Seeking licensure in another state? See an overview and find links to licensure offices of most commonly asked about states.
Program of Study
Find information on adding an endorsement to an existing Arkansas license along with contact information for particular programs.
Wanting to add middle level content areas to an existing Arkansas license? See information on all requirements , testing and levels available.
Frequently Asked Questions
See a list of our most commonly asked questions and answers we get about the licensure process.