Provisional Professional Teaching License (AK)

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Provisional Professional Teaching License (AK)

Description
The Provisional Professional Teaching License is a three-year, provisional Educator license issued to an experienced professional for the purpose of teaching on a part-time or full-time basis as teacher-of-record in an Arkansas public school.
License Valid for 3 years
Employment: Required

State Information
State: Arkansas
Contact Name: Office of Educator Licensure
Contact Phone: 501-682-4342
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/routes-to-educator-licensure

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

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:

twenty-four (24) hours of training in pedagogy as determined by the ADE in the first year of licensure
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.

Additional Requirements for this route include the following:

Mental Health Training: Required

Child Abuse: Required

Notes:
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

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

Renewal: Nonrenewable
The Provisional Professional Teaching License will be converted to the standard, five-year educator license upon providing documentation of:

-Having completed the third year of teaching under the Provisional Professional Teaching License;

-Undergoing a summative evaluation at the end each year of the three (3) years of provisional licensure;

-Successful completion of the required pedagogy assessment for the licensure area;

-Is identified by the employing school district as proficient or above on a summative evaluation for the third year of provisional licensure;

-Is recommended for full licensure by the superintendent of the employing school district;

-Paying the applicable licensure fee;

-Submitting an application requesting the five-year, 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.

The Provisional Professional Teaching License will be converted to the standard, five-year educator license upon providing documentation of:
-Having completed the third year of teaching under the Provisional Professional Teaching License;
-Undergoing a summative evaluation at the end each year of the three (3) years of provisional licensure;
-Successful completion of the required pedagogy assessment for the licensure area;
-Is identified by the employing school district as proficient or above on a summative evaluation for the third year of provisional licensure;
-Is recommended for full licensure by the superintendent of the employing school district;
-Paying the applicable licensure fee;
-Submitting an application requesting the five-year, standard educator license.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
The Provisional Professional Teaching License is a three-year, provisional Educator license issued to an experienced professional for the purpose of teaching on a part-time or full-time basis as teacher-of-record in an Arkansas public school.

The holder of a Provisional Professional Teaching License shall complete twenty-four (24) hours of training in pedagogy as determined by the ADE in the first year of licensure. These twenty-four (24) hours of training in pedagogy shall be in addition to and not considered a part of the professional development required for teachers by state law or by their employing public school district.

Applicants for the Provisional Professional Teaching license are encouraged to contact the Office of Educator Licensure at 501-682-4342 for information on the required testing for any licensure area they may be interested in or for clarification on the required background checks.

Applicants are required to have 2 professional letters of recommendation.

See “Provisional Professional FAQ” attachment for additional information.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:39:20 PM


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