How to Qualify for Licensure
To qualify for an educator license in Arkansas, applicants must complete the required degree, coursework and tests, including:
- completion of an approved program at an Arkansas institution, or if an out-of-state applicant, graduation from a regionally or nationally accredited institution
- submission of an official transcript indicating at least a bachelor's degree (master's degree when required) to the Office of Professional Licensure
- verification of successful completion of the grade-level-appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test and the appropriate Praxis® Subject Assessments, when applicable; see Arkansas Test Requirements table for specific score requirements
For more information on educator licensure in Arkansas, visit the Educator Licensure section of the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
- Arkansas requires your social security number and your date of birth to ensure accurate downloading of your Praxis scores into the Arkansas licensure database. Failure to provide this information when registering for your Praxis assessment(s) will mean that your Praxis score(s) cannot be electronically downloaded into the Arkansas licensure database, and you will have to submit your score report directly to the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Professional Licensure.
- If you test in Arkansas, your score report will be sent automatically to the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. If you test outside of Arkansas, select the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (state code 7031) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
- ETS discontinued paper-delivered testing; however, Praxis tests will continue to be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
Who Must Take the Educator Licensure Tests?
In Arkansas, initial applicants and applicants adding areas to a current license must pass assessments adopted by the State Board of Education in order to be issued an educator or administrator license.
Applicants for standard license must also pass an appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test or an appropriate subject-specific pedagogy exam.
- About the Praxis Tests
- The Praxis® Tests Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs