LICENSURE RESOURCES

 

Click Here for AELS Background Check step-by-step Instructions

An Arkansas Educator Licensing System (AELS) Background Check is required for all teachers and teaching Candidates.

  • The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and Arkansas Tech University require background checks. Act 455 of 2013 established that all educators must clear FBI and Arkansas State Police background checks and submit a release of information from the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry. Background and child maltreatment registry checks must be no less than one (1) year old when a license is issued or renewed.
  • Also, prior to any field experience, undergraduate, MTLL-NTL and MAT candidates must have an approved background check. Information for completing that background check is included in the links below. 
  • NOTE: For undergraduates an approved AELS background check is required as a part of the application for Stage II. This check includes an electronic set of fingerprints that is submitted to the Arkansas State Police and FBI for approval. It also includes a record of clear finding from the Arkansas Department of Human Services using the Child Maltreatment form.

For more information from the Arkansas Department of Education regarding background checks and the Child Maltreatment Registry go HERE.

Creating an Arkansas Ideas account & cOMPLETING THE REQUIRED MODULES.

click here for Arkansas IDEAS Instructions

 

First Choice - Students who qualify will be added to our First-Choice list. Each semester students who are in their Final Internship semester will be able to request to be added to our First-choice list. Anyone added to the list will consent to have their information released to public school administrators who contact our office looking for candidates to fill vacancies at schools. This also means you will get emails notifying you about openings at schools, possibly before they are posted elsewhere online. If you would like to be added to our First Choice list please email scooper@atu.edu and see if you qualify.

For assistance with jobs please contact Norman Career Services and register for CAREERlink.  You can reach them at 479-968-0278 or career.services@atu.edu.

Another excellent source is Arkansas Education Jobs (sponsored by Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators).  This website posts administrator jobs, teaching jobs and other school jobs in Arkansas.  You may search the entire state or selected regions of the state.  You can limit it to your teaching area.  You can also search by district or employer.




Public school administrators - please contact Dr. David Bell at dbell@atu.edu or 479-964-0583 ext. 2350 for assistance with filling vacancies within your district.  A number of our candidates have authorized our office to release their contact information to you.

Teaching Candidates - If you are an intern in a Teacher Education program and you wish to be added to our First-Choice candidates list, please email scooper@atu.edu to see if you qualify. Our first choice candidates are licensure candidates that are completing their Internship II and would like to have their information given to school Administrators looking for teachers to fill vacancies.

How do I know which Praxis exams to take?

To see the list of required Praxis exams, visit the site below and find your intended area of licensure.  Test requirements can change frequently, so always refer to this site before registering for an exam.  If you have questions about the Praxis exam requirements, contact the Office of Educator Licensure and Support Services at scooper@atu.edu or 479-964-0583 ext 2351.

www.ets.org/praxis/ar/requirements

I want to send my resume to several school districts. How do I obtain the mailing address of these districts?

You may access the Arkansas Public School Information Directory at the following link:

Arkansas Education Directory

How do I renew an expired license?

License renewal is the responsibility of the Arkansas Department of Education Office of Professional Licensure.  For detailed instructions go to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website here: https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/educator-effectiveness/educator-licensure/renewing-a-license  If you need additional help, please call 501-682-4342. 

How do I convert an out-of-state license to an Arkansas license?

For full instructions on how to apply for Licensure Reciprocity in the state of Arkansas please visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website here: https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/educator-effectiveness/educator-licensure/licensure-by-reciprocity If you have additional questions, please call 501-682-4342.

How do I add an additional area or licensure level to my existing license?

Though there are some exceptions, many areas and levels can be added to your license by completing the required Praxis II Content Exam(s). Generally speaking, you can add content areas within your licensure level (K-12, 7-12, 4-8, etc.) or within one level above or below your licensure level.  See the chart below for some of the common options for adding areas or levels to your license.

If your initial license is …

Then you can add …

P-4 Early Childhood Education

K-6 Elementary Education

P-4 Early Childhood Education

4-8 Middle Level content areas

K-6 Elementary Education

4-8 Middle Level content areas

4-8 Middle Level

K-6 Elementary Education

4-8 Middle Level

7-12 Secondary content areas

7-12 Secondary Education

4-8 Middle Level content areas

7-12 Secondary Education

Other 7-12 Secondary content areas

K-12 areas

4-8 Middle Level content areas

K-12 areas

7-12 Secondary content areas

K-12 areas

Other K-12 areas

NOTE:  Adding K-6 or any 4-8 areas also requires 6 credit hours of literacy pedagogy and the completion of a 45-hour professional development module on disciplinary literacy.

Ancillary and instructional support areas (such as media specialist, school counselor, and building administrator) require a graduate-level program of study and cannot be added by testing alone.

Note: The information above is not a complete list of options. For more information and for more options, visit the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website by clicking here:  https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/educator-effectiveness/educator-licensure/adding-to-a-license

Arkansas Department of Education - Contains a wealth of information related to public K-12 education. Also has undated licensure information.

https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/ 


Online Licensure application

https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/educator-effectiveness/educator-licensure/how-to-obtain-a-license 


Praxis testing information for Arkansas Tech University - Provides information for required Praxis testing in Arkansas.

http://www.ets.org/praxis/ar


Arkansas Praxis Test Requirements - Provides the required tests for all licensure areas.

http://www.ets.org/praxis/ar/requirements


Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) - You can search for Arkansas jobs by region, category, grade, and job type. 

https://arkansas.schoolspring.com/


Teaching Certification Degree.com - You can search by type and state.

http://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/jobs/#s=1


Arkansas Education Jobs (sponsored by Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators) - This is a great source for administrator jobs, teaching jobs and other school jobs in Arkansas.  You may search the entire state or selected regions of the state.  You can limit it to your teaching area.  You can also search by one district or employer.

https://arkansas.schoolspring.com/


 Search engine for Preschool and Early Childhood Education teachers.

https://discoverearlychildhoodedu.org/resources/jobs/