Nontraditional Teacher Licensure

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The MTLL-NTL program is an ADE DESE-approved alternative teacher licensure graduate program for students who wish to teach the content area in which they earned an undergraduate or graduate degree. Students may teach while enrolled in the program on a provisional teaching license. Classes meet in the evenings no more than two days a week in the fall and spring and three days a week in the summer starting at 5:30 pm. The MTLL-NTL program is aligned with the standards for beginning Arkansas teachers, InTASC standards, Arkansas TESS, Danielson Framework for Teaching, Professional Standards for Educational Licensure and the Arkansas Teacher Leader Model Standards.


HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Classes are conducted following the principles of professional learning communities (PLCs), which gives students first-hand experience collaborating with colleagues to discuss what works best for individual students and to practice facilitating learning experiences in class using innovative teaching methods and educational technology.
  • Students conduct a series of classroom observations and educator interviews during the program, and students may choose to work full time as teacher or record while enrolled in the program.
  • The program partners with the ATU-Wesley Foundation to mentor junior high students during the first fall and spring semesters of the program with the goal of implementing social-emotional learning experiences with J. Crew students and their undergraduate mentors.


  • MTLL-NTL students learn the principles and practices of teacher leadership, which is characterized by serving as a leader in and from the classroom, collaborating on PLCs with team members and being willing and able to actively participate on leadership teams to make decisions at the school level.
  • Students incorporate social-emotional learning into their lessons, such as the habits of mind and reflective practice to enable students to analyze what they need to do to learn and grow with the support of their teacher.
  • Students learn the principles of standards-based lesson and unit planning in which they practice identifying essential standards in their content area and creating project-based learning experiences in which they differentiate instruction and assessment strategies to meet the needs of each individual student in their class.

About This Degree


Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

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You could work as a(n):

  • Middle level and high school teacher leader
Alumni of our program work at:
  • Arkansas public schools
  • Open-enrollment public charter school
  • Parochial schools
  • Private schools


View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:
  • EdD School Leadership
  • Endorsement in K-12 Dyslexia
  • Master(s) in Special Education, Instructional Design and Technology, Library Media Specialist, School Counseling, Curriculum Leadership or Educational Leadership


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