Learn how to renew a Professional Educator Certification or reinstate a Professional Educator Certification in Arkansas
After receiving your Initial Teaching License, you will work under the supervision of a mentor for at least a year, but not more than three years. During this induction period, your mentor will coach you in the general education area, not in your specific content area. When you mentor feels that you are ready, he or she will administer the Praxis III exam, testing your performance in the general education area. Once passed, you will be granted a Standard Teaching License.
The Standard Teaching License is valid for five years, after which time it must be renewed. In order to renew your license, you must show documentation of completing 60 professional development hours per year for that five-year period. Your school district is responsible for maintaining verification of your professional development and reporting it to the Arkansas Department of Education.
Professional development hours may be earned in a variety of ways, including through college courses, conferences, mentoring and independent study. Review these Rules Governing Professional Development for details.Your Standard Teaching License will automatically be renewed by the Arkansas Department of Education in the fall of its last effective year if you meet the following requirements:
Your renewed Standard Teaching License will be mailed to your school district if you meet the requirements.
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