Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is the ATU College of Education Certification Officer?
The ATU Certification Officer is Dr. David Bell

Q: When do I have to have my background checks completed for licensure purposes?
The background checks need to be done during the last semester of coursework or before you turn in your initial license to become a teacher.  The background check cards are located in Crabaugh Suite 204 or at the Arkansas Department of Education.

Q:What is the Masters of Arts in Teaching?
The University has an interest for providing additional opportunities for individuals to become highly qualified teachers in Arkansas. The Master of Arts in Teaching is a program of study to prepare candidates for teacher licensure in Arkansas. For additional information please contact our MAT advisor, Dr. Lynn Walsh.

Q:Where is the Application for teacher licensure located?
The application for teacher licensure can be located on their web site  However, students will attend a meeting at the end of their internship where our certification officer will hand out the application.

Q:When do I apply for internship?
A: Students will be asked to attend a meeting typically three weeks into classes the semester before they are schedule to be interns.  During this meeting our Teacher Education Student Services Director, Mrs. June Lawson, will hand out internship application and go over very important information.  This meeting is mandatory and students who do not attend will be unable to receive an internship application unless arrangements have been made with the Teacher Education Student Services Office.  This meeting is announced on OneTech several weeks in advance.

Q:Who is my portfolio reviewer?
A: Students will be assigned a portfolio reviewer during the first few weeks of their internship. Each student will be assigned a reviewer and will receive an e-mail with information on how to contact their reviewer.

Q:What is Cohort?
A: The cohort model is a collaborative effort with public school professionals to address issues surrounding placement, supervision, and the professional development of interns.
The cohort addresses the university’s increasing need for CPS mentors to supervise increasing numbers of teacher candidates.