Johnny Key

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Educator Preparation Programs in Arkansas

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The Educator Preparation Unit collaborates with educator preparation providers at institutions of higher education as well as alternative preparation programs. The unit manages programs such as new program approvals, licensure assessments,and  educator competencies to ensure that educator licensure programs provide quality preparation for new educators.
The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approves Arkansas colleges and universities to offer a variety of first time and endorsement programs for direct Arkansas licensure. For more information, click on the links below:

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Program Approval Documents
 for Institution of Higher Education

alternative provider

Program Approval Documents
for Alternative Providers


Arkansas Educator
Competencies & Standards

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Licensure Assessments


Educator Preparation News


CAEP Accreditation Information


Title II Federal Reports-Arkansas


Science of Reading
& Educator Preparation


Approved Educator Preparation
in Arkansas




Educator Preparation Program
Quality Report (EPPQR)



For more information, please contact:

Joan Luneau, Educator Preparation Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 106-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-683-6618
Fax: 501-682-1193

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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