An educator may be employed out of their licensure area for up to three consecutive school years as long as the State Board of Education approves the ALP or ALCP each year. Approvals for the 2nd and 3rd years will be based on whether the educator has made annual progress toward completion of the ALP or ALCP.
A long-term substitute teacher is someone who takes the place of the contracted teacher for longer than thirty (30) consecutive days and must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or be licensed to teach by the state of Arkansas. A class may not be assigned a long-term substitute teacher for more than two consecutive semesters.
The final decision regarding the approval of long-term substitute rests with the State Board.
A school district may apply for an Emergency Teaching Permit for an individual teaching in an area for which he/she is not licensed under the ADE Rules Governing Educator Licensure. The Emergency Teaching Permit should be used for a teaching vacancy, not for a temporary long-term substitute. The holder of this permit must be an Arkansas Qualified Teacher, AQT, for the area requested, if in a core academic subject area. The permit will expire at the end of the school year for which it was issued, but may be extended for one additional school year upon the department's approval of the school district's application for the extension. Special Education is not available under this permit.
Who May Apply:
The Emergency Teaching Permit Request form must be completed by a superintendent or a superintendent's designee and not by the individual who will be teaching under the permit.
The individual's Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS) Case ID number is required. The individual teacher will have an AELS CID after completing the background checks. The AELS CID number for an individual may be viewed on the AELS website at: https://adeaels.arkansas.gov/AelsWeb/Search.aspx.
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