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Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL)

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The APPEL application is now available. Please click on Instructions for the DESE-APPEL Program Application Process 2020-2021 located under Related Files.

The Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL), an alternative certification program to teacher licensure that is administered by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Enrollment in this program allows a candidate with a bachelor’s degree or higher to be licensed and employed as a classroom teacher while completing the necessary requirements for a Standard Arkansas Teaching License.

The program is a two-year preparation track that includes:

  • Appropriate employment as a classroom teacher 
  • Assessments
  • Evaluation and feedback via the state’s teacher evaluation model
  • Face to face and online Instructional Modules
  • Mentoring for the duration of time in the program
  • On-the-job professional learning

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, and must have passed the state mandated assessments prior to making application to the program. APPEL participants are mentored for the duration of their time in the program.

Participants work, as teacher of record, under a Provisional Arkansas teaching license for two years. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a Standard Arkansas teaching license.

Further information can be found under Related Links and Related Files on this page.

To apply for the APPEL program, please complete the APPELOnline Application that will be provided on this webpage when applications are being accepted.

For more information, please contact:

Ann Crosser, APPEL Program Advisor
Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL)
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-371-1582
Fax: 501-682-1193

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