Applying for Licensure

 

Steps in Obtaining an Initial or Standard Arkansas License (OnLine)


 

Do Not submit this application until you have all coursework completed, have completed the IDEA professional development modules, have a satisfactory exit portfolio, completed electronic surveys, and all required testing.

Before beginning this application, you must be prepared to pay the $75.00 license fee. You will not be able to submit your license application without entering your payment information. Have your credit/debit card ready.


 Step 1:  Click here to log into AELS             

  • Select AELS Educator Login Site
  • Select Apply for a Standard License
  • Select First-time Licensure (recent graduate from an Arkansas institution)
  • Select Arkansas Tech University

 Step 2: Complete the information requested on the pages that follow.

Part 1 – Background Check Information

  • If the system does not indicate your background checks are completed, mark yes to indicate each is completed.
  • Tick the box to indicate that you acknowledge that all coursework must be documented by providing original college transcripts.

Part 2 - Profile Information

  • Review your profile information.  Use the Update button if you need to make changes.  Be sure to click Save if you make changes.
  • In the Contact section, you must have at least one primary email and one primary phone number.
  • Update your employment information if necessary.
  • Tick the box to indicate all information is correct.
  • Click Continue.

Part 3 – Application Information

  • Complete the application information by accurately responding to the questions.
  • Type your first and last name to serve as your electronic signature.
  • Click Submit.

Part 4 – Fee Payment

  • Click Make Payment and enter your payment information.
  • Click Confirm, review your information and click SUBMIT.
  • Print receipt.
  • Click Continue License Application.

Note: Your license application has been submitted when you see the message  “Your license application has been successfully submitted.”


  Step 3: Have an official transcript sent to the department of education

  • Request the Registrar's office send official transcripts to DESE (ADE) by filling out a transcript request form here: 
  • Click "Transcript Request Standard Paper Delivery" and follow the directions and fill out the transcript request form.
  • Make sure you tick the box for "ADE for Licensure Arkansas Department of Education"
  • If your degree has not posted yet make sure indicate "After degree is posted for the current semester" on the form.
  • Send the completed form back to the registrar's office via email, mail, or fax. (Contact info is on the bottom left corner of the form)

Note: This is a very important step. The application process can't be completed without an official transcript.

Steps in Obtaining a Provisional Arkansas Licensure


What do I need to be eligible for a provisional license?

  1. Provide a teaching contract or a letter of intent to hire from the district.
  2. Copies of Transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate work. Click Here for ATU Transcript Request Form
  3. Passing Praxis subject assessment(s) for your content area.
  4. Approved AELS Background check less than 1 year old at the time of licensing.
  5. Completion of all required Arkansas IDEAS learning modules.
  6. Completion of required Ethics training IDEAS modules (listed below in Step 1).
  7. Secondary/Middle-School Social Studies candidates ONLY, must also have taken required Arkansas History course OR done appropriate IDEAS training replacement.

    Note: If you are a candidate that has a Bachelor of Education degree awarded, but needs a provisional license for special circumstances (i.e. still trying to pass the PLT while working as a teacher). This process will be different for you. Please contact scooper@atu.edu for further instructions.

How do I submit my application?

Step 1: Submit required documentation listed below for review. Click HERE to upload documents.

  1. Ethics Training Verification PDF  -  Complete the following three courses on Arkansas IDEAS.  Once you've completed all IDEAS training modules Click HERE to fill out your DESE Ethics Training verification PDF form. (save a copy of the completed form and submit it in your upload "packet")

    • ERC20059 - Professional Licensure Standards Board (PLSB) Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators: Ethical Scenarios in Education (2020)

    • ERC19048 - Professional LIcensure Standards board (PLSB) - The Code of Ethics Training Video (2018)

    • TCC14435 - Professional Licensure Standards Board (PLSB) Social Media Guidelines

  2. Copy of Letter of intent to hire or contract from the district

  3. PDF Copy of Passing Praxis subject assessment score(s).

  4. Record of Learning PDF for IDEAS professional development certificates
    COURSE I.D..
    COURSE TITLE
    HOURS
    ERB21002 Be the Reason: The Educator's role in Combating Child Maltreatment 2 hours
    PIC14447 The Six Components of Parental Involvement for Teachers 2.5 hours
    HWB15058 Gatekeepers: Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness 3 hours
    HWG14003 Dyslexia: A Three-Part Professional Awareness 1 hour
    ERB18063 Human Trafficking: Arkansas Act 765 of 2017 - Arkansas Cases 1 hour


    Click here to go to Arkansas IDEAS

    Note: completion of these modules is a Department of Education requirement for all licensure applicants.

    IDEAS support: ideas@myarkansaspbs.org

Step 2: Send DESE (ADE) official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts

  • Request the Registrar's office send official transcripts to DESE (ADE) by filling out a transcript request form here: https://www.atu.edu/registrar/transcript.php 
  • Click "Transcript Request Standard Paper Delivery" and follow the directions and fill out the transcript request form.
  • Make sure you tick the box for "ADE for Licensure Arkansas Department of Education"
  • If your degree has not posted yet make sure indicate "After degree is posted for the current semester" on the form.
  • Send the completed form back to the registrar's office via email, mail, or fax. (Contact info is on the bottom left corner of the form)

Step 3: Submit the online application for provisional license by logging on here: https://aels.ade.arkansas.gov/Aels/Account/TeacherLogin.aspx 

  • SELECT Applying for Provisional License

  • What type of Provisional License am I seeking?

    Provisional Non-Traditional MAT

  • SELECT your Education Preparation Program.

    Arkansas Tech University

  • Verify your Profile information is accurate and complete.

    Update if necessary

  • Review application information, Electronically sign, and Submit.

Dr. Bell will verify your eligibility to apply for a provisional license and will forward the required supporting documents to the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Allow 2-3 weeks for your application to be processed and your license issued.

QUESTIONS?

For questions please call Ms. Sylvia Cooper, Administrative Specialist, (479) 964-0583 ext. 2351 or email scooper@atu.edu

Steps in Obtaining an Additional license or adding Endorsement to Your License


 

(ESL, Special Education, Coaching, Dyslexia, Library Media Science, or other areas)

  1. Complete Licensure Application

    - Log-on at  https://aels.ade.arkansas.gov/AELS/Account/TeacherLogin.aspx 
    - Follow the Steps outlined in this instructional PDF

  2. Submit Transcript Request Form to ATU registrar’s office (UNLESS ADDING BY TESTING).

    • Request the Registrar's office send official transcripts to DESE (ADE) by filling out a transcript request form here: https://www.atu.edu/registrar/transcript.php 
    • Click "Transcript Request Standard Paper Delivery" and follow the directions and fill out the transcript request form.
    • Make sure you tick the box for "ADE for Licensure Arkansas Department of Education"
    • If your degree has not posted yet make sure indicate "After degree is posted for the current semester" on the form.
    • Send the completed form back to the registrar's office via email, mail, or fax. (Contact info is on the bottom left corner of the form)

To view additional information about Adding and Area to your teaching license, please refer to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website here: https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/educator-effectiveness/educator-licensure/adding-to-a-license For additional questions please call Ms. Sylvia Cooper, Administrative Specialist, (479) 964-0583 ext. 2351 or email scooper@atu.edu 

If you're interested in Counseling, MTLL-NTL, Building Level Administration, District Level Administration, or Master of Arts in Teaching you can contact the following:


Counseling
 
 
Dr. Pam Dixon, Ed.D.

                    Associate Professor, School Counseling and Leadership              

Crabaugh 123
1310 El Paso Avenue
Russellville, AR 72802
Phone: (479) 968-0583 ext. 3204
Email: pdixon3@atu.edu

Click Here for Information to Add License

 For more information about School Counseling and Leadership Master's Degree Click Here

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MTL- Non-traditional Licensure
 
 
Ellen E. Treadway, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Program Director, Teaching, Learning & Leadership

Crabaugh 122
1310 El Paso Avenue
Russellville, AR 72802
Phone: (479) 964-0583 ext. 3207
Email: etreadway@atu.edu

Click Here for Information to Add a License

For more information about the Teaching, Learning and Leadership Master's Degree click here.

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Building Level Licensure
 
                       Dr. Bill Morelan                       

Assistant Professor or Educational Leadership & Program Director EDLD

Crabaugh 129
1310 El Paso Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 964-0583 ext. 3206
E-mail: wmorelan@atu.edu

Click Here for Information to Add License

       For more information about the Educational Leadership Master's degree click here.      

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District Level Licensure
 
                       DR. Steve Bounds                       

Professor of Educational Leadership & Program Director Ed.S

Crabaugh 117
1310 El Paso Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 964-0583 ext. 3205
E-mail: sbounds1@atu.edu

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMAtiON TO ADD LICENSE

For more information about the Educational Leadership Specialist Degree click here.

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master of arts in teaching
 
                          DR. Lynn Walsh                         

Professor or Curriculum and Instruction & MAT Program Director

Crabaugh 205
1310 El Paso Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 964-0583 ext. 2561
E-mail: lwalsh@atu.edu

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION TO ADD A LICENSE

Note: For more information about a Master of Arts in Teaching degree click here.

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