Arkansas Professional Educator Pathway (ArPEP)

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The Arkansas Professional Educator Pathway (ArPEP), is an affordable two-year, work-based,  alternative certification program that is administered by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Enrollment in this program allows a candidate with a bachelor’s degree or higher to be licensed and employed as a classroom teacher while completing the necessary requirements for a Standard Arkansas Teaching License. ArPEP’s goal is to prepare day one ready teachers to meet the growing demand of the teacher pipeline in Arkansas.  The primary objective of ArPEP is to train future educators on how to:
  • build classroom communities
  • design effective lesson plans
  • implement evidence-based instructional strategies, and
  • use assessments to facilitate student learning

Participants work as a 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. 

Please review the following information regarding admission requirements: 

Recruitment and Retention Unit
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4589