Standard License – Traditional (AK)

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Standard License – Traditional (AK)

Description
The Traditional route to educational licensure authorizes the applicant to teach the specific world languages approved by the state.
License Valid for 5 years
Employment: Not Required

Reciprocity
The following states may accept this route:
Case by Case

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:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

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:
Student Teaching Okay.

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: 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

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.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
Arkansas offers teaching licenses in the following languages: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish

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

There are 19 four-year college/universities that have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education to offer professional educator preparation programs. Specific subject areas and levels of licensure are offered by each institution. The Educator Preparation Programs Matrix may be used as a guide for selecting institutions to prepare individuals to be licensed as teachers, administrators or other school personnel.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:38:40 PM


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