Professional Development


The Office of Professional Development collaborates with many stakeholders to provide quality professional learning opportunities to Arkansas’s educators, administrators, and school board members.

The rules governing professional development require all licensed educators in Arkansas public schools/districts to obtain a minimum of 60 hours of professional development annually. 36 of those 60 hours are required for license renewal.  Required Professional Development for License Renewal is based on the Rules Governing Professional Development and Standards for Professional Learning ( as approved by the State Board of Education (SBE).

Arkansas School Board Members are required to obtain a minimum of 6 hours of professional development each year. This required training is based upon the Rules Governing Arkansas School Board Member Training.

All professional development providers and programs must be approved by the Arkansas Department of Education at least thirty (30) days before a program is offered as professional development credit. Professional Development shall adhere to the Rules and standards established by the State Board of Education.

Understanding by Design Workshop Series

The Education Renewal Zones, Arkansas Department of Education, AETN, and local Educational Service Cooperatives are hosting a four-day workshop series focusing on Understanding by Design (UbD). Understanding by Design is a way of thinking purposefully about curricular planning and school improvement. It offers a three-stage design process of planning, a set of helpful design tools, and design standards – not a rigid program or prescriptive recipe for instruction. It will also assist those who have completed the year one training of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) or Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) in understanding how to expand on practices learned.  To view the scheduled for the series, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Beaumont, Professional Development Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4232

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