Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Pre-Educator Program of Study


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Considering 60 percent of teachers work 20 miles from where they graduated high school, districts are encouraged to provide opportunities for their high school students to experience the teaching profession through the Pre-Educator Program of Study. High schools may offer this option as a career education program of study.

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Who Can Teach

Any licensed effective teacher who is passionate about the profession and wishes to share their expertise with the future generation of teachers is qualified to teach the courses in this program of study. If courses are offered for concurrent credit, instructor qualifications set by the partnering institution must be met.
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What Credential Is Awarded

Industry-recognized certified teaching assistant (CTA) credential awarded upon program completion.

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What Funding is Available

State start-up and Perkins funding available. The Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship will award eligible high school students $125 per course for up to two concurrent credit courses per semester.

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Program Details and How to Apply


Cluster: Education and Training | Pathway: Teaching and Training

Program of Study Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 (Optional)
Life Span Development
Foundations of Teaching
Teacher Cadet I (497100)
Concurrent Credit
Foundations of Teaching
Methods of Teacher
Instruction (493290)
Teacher Cadet II (497110)
Concurrent Credit
Methods of Teacher
Instruction (590520)
Youth Apprenticeship
CPR/First Aid
- Certified Teaching Assistant
- ParaPro Praxis


For more information, please contact:

Sharlee Crowson, Ed.S., Educator Recruitment Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201-1019
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