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Arkansas Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Arkansas, you must complete the follow steps:

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

  • The minimum education requirement for Arkansas teachers is a bachelor’s degree.
  • You also must complete an educator preparation program that is accredited. Usually this is paired with your degree, but standalone prep courses are also offered.

Student Teaching Experience

  • Student teaching is a requirement for Arkansas teacher certification.
  • To qualify for first-time licensure in Arkansas, your supervised clinical practice experience should include a minimum of 60 complete school days, totaling approximately 420 contact hours.

Pass Required Exams

  • All teacher candidates must achieve a passing grade on each of the Reading, Writing and Mathematics components of Core Academic Skills for Educators.
  • You also must pass the appropriate grade-level Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching test and the corresponding Praxis II subject test that aligns with your intended certificate.

Apply for Certification

  • After completing the requirements necessary for Arkansas teacher certification, you can prepare your paper application.
  • You must provide official transcripts from the institutions where you earned your degree(s), educator preparation program and internship/student teaching experiences.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Most popular Arkansas Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Arkansas must pass the required Praxis exams and in some instances the Foundations of Reading exam to become a certified teacher.

Praxis®️ Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

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Official Praxis®️ Core study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education

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Official Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Pearson Foundations of Reading

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Official Foundations of Reading (190) study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Principles of Learning and Teaching: K-6

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Official Praxis®️ PLT: K-6 study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

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Official Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Non-Traditional Paths for Arkansas Teacher Certification

You cannot become a full-time teacher in Arkansas without at least a bachelor’s degree and teaching license. The only way to teach in Arkansas without any kind of certification is to become a substitute teacher. Becoming a substitute teacher requires either a high school diploma, GED certificate, or a bachelor’s degree along with a background check.

In Arkansas, traditional substitute teachers do not need any additional examinations or certifications to be hired. Bachelor’s degree holders can also become substitute teachers after obtaining a Professional Teaching Permit and completing 40 hours of pedagogical training.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Teacher Certification Exams

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day!

Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

Best Education Schools in Arkansas

  • University of Arkansas–Fayetteville
  • Arkansas State University–Jonesboro
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Harding University
  • University of Arkansas–Little Rock

Arkansas Teacher Salary Information

As of Feb 14, 2024, the average annual pay for an Entry Level Teacher in Arkansas is $46,122 a year.

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Praxis® – Questions Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/praxis-questions-quick-guide/

The following article will discuss the structure of Praxis® Core exams and subject assessments.

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What You Must Know About Preparing For The Praxis® https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/what-you-must-know-about-preparing-for-the-praxis/

We’ll discuss how hard it is to pass the Praxis®, we’ll help you figure out how much you should study, and finally we’ll recommend study guides and free resources to improve your score.

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Do You Know Which Praxis® Exams You Need to Take? https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/do-you-know-which-praxis-exams-you-need-to-take/

In this article, we will tell you who needs to take the Praxis® test. We will also break down the different types of tests and sort out which one to choose.

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Everything You Need To Know About Praxis® Scores https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/everything-you-need-to-know-about-praxis-scores/

In this article we will discuss what score you need to pass a Praxis® test, how long it takes to get scores, and how to interpret your score report.

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Your Praxis® Costs & Retakes Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/your-praxis-costs-retakes-quick-guide/

First, we’ll talk about the cost of a Praxis® test. Then we’ll discuss the number of attempts you’re allowed on the Praxis® and what happens if you fail. Finally, we’ll cover the other costs associated with taking the tests.

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How To Register For A Praxis® Exam https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/how-to-register-for-a-praxis-exam/

This article answers your questions about registering for a Praxis® exam.

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What is the Praxis®️ Test https://www.240tutoring.com/resources/what-is-the-praxis-test/

Dive deeper into what the Praxis test is, how to prepare for it, and what to expect come test day.

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Arkansas Teacher Certification FAQs

Can you become a teacher in Arkansas without a degree?

You cannot become a full-time teacher in Arkansas without at least a bachelor’s degree and teaching license. The only way to teach in Arkansas without any kind of certification is to become a substitute teacher.

How much does it cost to become a teacher in Arkansas?

It will vary widely based on your program and route. As one example. Arkansas offers the American Board program which costs $1900 to enroll for teacher certification.

What is the first step in becoming an Arkansas teacher?

Completing a bachelor’s degree is the first step to becoming a licensed teacher.

How do I become a substitute teacher in Arkansas?

Arkansas does not require a Bachelor’s Degree in order to become a substitute teacher, consequently making it fairly easy to become one. A high school Diploma or GED equivalent is required to apply as well as completing fingerprinting and state and federal background checks.

Does Arkansas pay teachers well?

  1. Last year, Arkansas ranked 48th in the nation in average starting teacher salaries. The new 2024 minimum starting teacher salary is designed to move the state into the nation’s top tier.

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