Licensure By Reciprocity (Out-Of-State/Out-Of-Country) (AK)

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Licensure By Reciprocity (Out-Of-State/Out-Of-Country) (AK)

Description
The Licensure by Reciprocity requires applicants to request recognition of a teaching license from another state or country.
License Valid for 1 year Provisional License or 5 year Standard License
Employment: Not Required

Reciprocity
The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Arkansas
Contact Name: Melissa Jacks
Contact Phone: 501-682-4342
Contact Email: melissa.jacks@arkansas.gov
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/licensure-by-reciprocity

Notes
Determination of reciprocity is based on licensure rules of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and/or the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement for Educator Licensure.

Licensure in another state or country does not mean licensure in Arkansas will automatically be granted.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must Hold Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching
Exam(s):

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
3 years years.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Accept Scores from Out of State

English Language Proficiency:

Additional Requirements for this route include the following:

Mental Health Training: Required

Child Abuse: Required

Notes:
A one-year, non-renewable provisional educator’s license will be available for applicants with a current/expired out-of-state or out-of-country license, but who lack the required testing or cannot document three years of teaching experience.

American Sign Language, Italian and Russian may be added to the initial standard certificate by following the guidelines provided (no content exam required):
http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/add-licensure-area-to-license/additional-licensure-plans-alp

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at: http://www.arkansased.org/public/userfiles/HR_and_Educator_Effectiveness/HR_Educator_Licensure/Educator_License_Application_revised_071113.pdf
Form Mailing Address:
Educator Licensure
Department of Education
Rooms 106B & 107B
Four Capital Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201-1071

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=arkansas

Background Check
Required
Online at: http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/background-check-requirements

Renewal: Renewable
Teachers may renew this license after 5 years. Please see http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/renewing-a-standard-educator-license

All teachers and administrators must be able to document 60 hours of professional development annually for the renewal of their standard teaching license.

Visit the following website for additional information:

http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/renewing-a-standard-educator-license

Notes:
Documentation of the completion of the following professional development, which may be obtained through the Arkansas IDEAS Portal, the applicant’s teacher education program, or other method of delivery approved by the Department under the Rules Governing Professional Development:
Two (2) hours of parental involvement;
Two (2) hours of child maltreatment training; and
Two (2) hours of teen suicide awareness and prevention.

Background check fees:
If your district runs the ASP online the cost is: ASP-$22 and FBI $16.50
b. If you go to a Live Scan and complete both the cost is: ASP-$22.50 and FBI $16.50 (it is a 50 cent fee for using credit or debit)
c. If you use the paper process the cost is: ASP-$25 and FBI $16.50
d. Child Maltreatment is $10 and must be mailed to DHS

Arkansas State Police, FBI and Child Maltreatment Central Registry background checks which includes Child Maltreatment Central Registry Background Check Form are required for first time licensure and all renewals. All paperwork for the required background checks may be secured through the Office of Educator Licensure, local school districts and Licensure Officers in the Education Departments of all Arkansas four year colleges/universities.

1 year Provisional License is not renewable.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
The Office of Educator Licensure will process only those applications that are complete and have the required documentation for either a one-year provisional educator’s license or a standard five-year educator’s license. Applications that are incomplete or that have incomplete documentation will be returned.

A one-year, non-renewable provisional educator’s license will be available for applicants with a current/expired out-of-state or out-of-country license, but who lack the required testing, the three hour Arkansas History course, or cannot document three years of teaching experience.
Application packets for Arkansas licensure through reciprocity may also be secured through the Office of Educator Licensure.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:39:10 PM


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