Beginning Administrator Program


The State Board of Education approved the Arkansas Standards for Licensure of Beginning Administrators in May 1996. Developed by a committee of practicing Arkansas administrators, and based on the Standards for School Leaders developed by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), the Arkansas standards focused on improving educational leadership.

The ISLLC standards were revised in 2008, and the new ISLLC 2008 Standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2009. Each standard includes performance-based elements. Arkansas standards and competencies have been developed from the ISLLC 2008 Standards for building-level and curriculum/program administrators. Standards will be developed for district-level administrators.  The standards also serve to guide educational leadership preparation programs in Arkansas's universities and professional development in educational leadership.


New! Beginning Administrator Online Mentoring Modules

This year the Beginning Administrator (BA) Mentoring Program consists of online modules in Arkansas Moodle.  There are 29 modules from which a BA may choose based on the role of each administrator. The mentor and BA will collaborate as the BA works to complete each module. The modules are designed to be relevant to the administrator’s role. More modules will be added beginning in the fall of 2014.

View the tutorials below for the online mentoring modules and creating/updating ATLAS profiles.  The videos explain the step-by step process to begin using the online modules.


For more information, please contact:

Renee Nelson, Beginning Administrator Program Advisor

Arkansas Department of Education

Office of Educator Effectiveness

Four Capitol Mall, Room 107-A

Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-9850

Fax: 501-682-4382

Alphabetical List of Topics

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