Provisional License (Arkansas Professional Pathway To Educator Licensure) (AK)

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Provisional License (Arkansas Professional Pathway To Educator Licensure) (AK)

Description
The Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL), a nontraditional licensure program, is an alternate route to teacher licensure administered by the Arkansas Department of Education. Enrollment in this program allows a candidate with a bachelor’s degree or higher to be employed as a classroom teacher while completing the necessary requirements for a Standard Arkansas Teaching License.
License Valid for 2 years
Employment: 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: Ann Crosser
Contact Phone: 501-682-5535
Contact Email: ann.crosser@arkansas.gov
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/office-of-educator-effectiveness/arkansas-professional-pathway-to-educator-licensure-appel

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

GPA: 2.70

Prior Certification: Must NOT have 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:

Notes
OR 2.90 GPA on last 60 hours of coursework.

Praxis Exams: Praxis Core (Reading, Writing, Math) and Praxis II Content Exams are required to be passed prior to application. See “Application Checklist” for testing alternatives.

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:

Exam(s): One exam required.

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.

Additional Requirements for this route include the following:

Mental Health Training: Required

Child Abuse: Required

Notes:
Participants are given three consecutive years to teach for two years in the program.

Induction period of 2 years required to progress to next stage.

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
Online at: https://www.ark.org/ade_nlpa/app/authorization.html

School District Requirements:
Confirmation of Mentor

Copy of Academic Transcripts: 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: Nonrenewable
Once a participant has successfully completed both years of instruction, two years of teaching, passed the Praxis PLT, and completed the mentoring process they are considered a program completer and are eligible to apply for the final Arkansas five-year Standard teaching license.

Notes:
There is no fee to apply to the program; however, if admitted, will need to apply for the Provisional License ($75)

Program Fee Year One: $1200
Program Fee Year Two: $1200

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.

Once a participant has successfully completed both years of instruction, two years of teaching, passed the Praxis PLT, and completed the mentoring process they are considered a program completer and are eligible to apply for the final Arkansas five-year Standard teaching license.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
The Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL) is a program delivered by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) whose participants hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and have passed the appropriate state-mandated assessments and are allowed to teachin an Arkansas public school with a Provisional Teaching License. The program requirements consist of two years of teaching and instructional modules, which must be completed within three years.

APPEL is a two-year program that consists of summer instructional modules each summer and once-monthly modules during each school year.

Praxis Exams: PRAXIS CORE (READING, WRITING AND MATH) AND PRAXIS II CONTENT AREA EXAMS ARE REQUIRED TO BE PASSED PRIOR TO APPLICATION.

See “Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL) Information” and “APPEL Application Checklist” for additional program information:

http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/office-of-educator-effectiveness/arkansas-professional-pathway-to-educator-licensure-appel

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:38:43 PM


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