Teacher Certification and Testing – Arkansas
In order to qualify for a teaching certificate, also known as an educator license, in the state of Arkansas, prospective teachers must take the Praxis I PPST, as well as the Praxis II and Praxis III exams.
Successful completion of the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) in Reading, Writing and Mathematics is required by Arkansas Department of Education for admission into teacher education programs.
Upon completion of the teaching degree, the teaching candidate must pass the Praxis II content test for for his or her subject area before a teaching license will be issued by the State of Arkansas.
The Praxis certification tests can be taken in either paper-based or computer-based formats.
Arkansas teaching candidates must also successfully complete the Praxis III Principles of Learning and Teaching test or Praxis Pedagogy test .
In Arkansas, initial applicants and applicants adding additional areas to a current license must take the appropriate Praxis II subject tests for each subject area in which they would like to be certified.
Besides these testing requirements, teachers must also be in possession of a bachelor’s level degree from an accredited educational institution and successfully undergo a criminal background check.
If you successfully complete these requirements you will be eligible for an initial teaching certificate (or teaching license) in Arkansas.
An Arkansas initial teaching license is valid for one to three years.
During this time of induction, new teachers will have a site-based, trained mentor assigned to support professional development and work.
Renewal of your teaching license is based upon a five-year cycle, during which all educators are required to accrue professional development hours each year.
In order to renew an existing Arkansas teaching license, teachers must show evidence of their professional development.
In addition to the professional development requirement, a teacher will have his or her standard Arkansas Teaching License automatically renewed by the State of Arkansas Professional Licensure Office if the he or she also meets all of the following criteria:
- currently holds a standard teaching license
- has taught in an Arkansas public school during the year of the expiration of the license
- has successfully cleared non-criminal background and child maltreatment central registry checks by the Arkansas State Police and FBI
- pays the required renewal fee
The new teaching license will be mailed to the school district of employment prior to licensure expiration date.