Licensure by Reciprocity

 

The Office of Educator Licensure will process only those applications that are complete and have the required documentation for either a one-year provisional educator's license or a standard five-year educator's license.  Applications that are incomplete or that have incomplete documentation will be returned.

A three-hour Arkansas History course will be required for Arkansas licensure for Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School licensure areas and for Secondary Social Studies.

Required Documentation for:

One-year provisional educator's license

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework and degrees (official transcripts will be accepted from the applicant.)
  • Copy of current/expired, out-of-state or out-of-country teaching license
  • Documentation (copies of the fingerprint card and application for the background check) that the required background checks have been started. An educator's license will not be issued until the applicant has cleared background checks conducted by the Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
  • All out-of-country applicants must have their credentials (degree, license) evaluated by one of the approved private evaluation agencies located in the United States. 

Five-year standard educator's license

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework and degrees (Official transcripts will be accepted from the applicant.)
  • Copy of current, out-of-state or out-of-country teaching license
  • Documentation (copies of the fingerprint card and application for the background check) that the required background checks have been started. An educator's license will not be issued until the applicant has cleared background checks conducted by the Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Child Maltreatment training
  • Documentation that some standardized test was required for the issuance of the current out-of-state or out-of-country teaching license or copies of passing scores on the required Praxis exams for Arkansas licensure or documenting at least three-years of teaching experience.
  • Verification of grade level teaching experience on school letterhead or enclosed form
  • Documentation that a three (3) hour Arkansas History course has been completed if the licensure area is Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School areas or Secondary Social Studies. 
  • All out-of-country applicants must have their credentials (degree, license) evaluated by one of the approved private evaluation agencies located in the United States. 

Additional Information

A one-year, non-renewable provisional educator's license will be available for applicants with a current/expired out-of-state or out-of-country license, but who lack the required testing, the three hour Arkansas History course, or cannot document three years of teaching experience.

Application packets for Arkansas licensure through reciprocity may also be secured through the Office of Educator Licensure.

 

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Jacks, Public School Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
Four Capitol Mall, Room 106-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-4342
Fax:  501-682-4898

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