Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Employment Opportunities in Schools

Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) maintains a website for districts to post employment opportunities. Visit to view postings.

Individual school district websites also have employment opportunity pages.

Opportunities for High School Students

The Arkansas Department of Education has partnered with Educators Rising which promotes education and prepares high school students to become the next generation of great teachers. 

 Schools will have access to five certifications that students can earn; student scholarships; networking opportunities through state and national competitions and events, and various resources.

Administered by the Phi Delta Kappa International educator association, Educators Rising provides hands-on teaching experiences and complements other programs, like Arkansas Teacher Cadets. Educators Rising also can provide a foundation for schools that do not have an existing high school teacher recruitment program.

To learn more about Educators Rising, please visit or view the Teacher Leader Training 2017-2018 presentation (PDF).

Arkansas Teacher Cadets is a nationally recognized teacher recruitment program aimed at attracting the best and brightest high school students to the teaching profession. It features a curriculum based, hands-on approach which educates students on how to become a successful teacher and enables them to put their knowledge to work through a classroom internship.

The mission is to encourage students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. The program provides the opportunity for schools and districts to recruit homegrown educators and is open to any Arkansas public or charter school, or career and technology center.

Teacher Cadets is a rigorous college-level course. The target groups are high school seniors and juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA/GPR on a 4-point scale and who meet the other qualifications to apply.

View a list of the 2018- 2019 Teacher Cadet Schools and Teacher Cadet University Partners.

Certified Teaching Assistant Pathway

The Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Career Education are working to establish a pathway for high school students to enter the educator workforce. To learn more, please visit Certified Teacher Assistant (CTA) Pathway.

International Opportunities

To learn about Teaching Chinese in Arkansas and Teaching in Taiwan, please visit the International Opportunities page.

For more information, please contact:

Sharlee Crowson, Recruitment and Retention Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Box 5
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone:  501-682-6349
Fax:  501-682-5118
International Opportunities
Michael Rowland, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Licensure
Four Capitol Mall, Room 102-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-682-1146
Fax: 501-683-3312

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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