The normal APPEL application window opens March 1 and ends on May 31 of each year. The new online application will be available on March 1, 2020. Instructions on how to complete the application along with a link can be found on this page under Related Files. Please check back here on or after March 1, 2020 to access the application. Also, the APPEL Participant Handbook and APPEL information will be updated in November 2019 for the upcoming 2020-2021 year. Check back here on or after November 15, 2019 for the updates on this page under Related Links.
The Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL), a nontraditional licensure program, is an alternate route to teacher licensure administered by the Arkansas Department of Education. Enrollment in this program allows a candidate with a bachelor’s degree or higher to be 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:
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.
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