April 16, 2018

Arkansas Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $42,093
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $33,830

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Arkansas schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Arkansas teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete an Arkansas-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the Arkansas Non-Traditional Licensure page at the Arkansas Department of Education Web site.


For teacher certification in Arkansas, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
Pre Professional Skills Test(PPST) Official Site | Praxis Core Test
You’ll also need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching section and one or more of the specific subject areas in the following:
Praxis II Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Arkansas has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Arkansas Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Arkansas for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Arkansas Department of Education about teacher certification about teacher certification at this address:
Ron Tolson, Professional Licensure Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Professional Licensure
Four Capitol Mall, Room 107-B
Little Rock, AR 72201

Or you can call the Licensure Coordinator at 501-682-4342.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Arkansas teacher certification process:

Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas Educator Licensure