Early Childhood PreK Teacher Academy
Early Childhood PreK Teacher Academies provide an alternative route for non-licensed employees working in specific PreK settings to earn a first-time license in Early Childhood PreK. All of the programs include 8-9 hours of graduate coursework delivered both synchronously and asynchronously, and are available at no cost for teachers.
Cohort I of 2022 will begin this summer. Participants will take summer coursework and complete an internship in fall 2022 while continuing to work. Participants will be eligible to apply for a first-time license in Early Childhood PreK at the end of the internship semester once they complete all requirements.
Cohort II of 2022 will begin this fall. Participants will take fall coursework and complete an internship in spring 2023 while continuing to work. Participants will be eligible to apply for a first-time license in Early Childhood PreK at the end of the internship semester once they complete all requirements.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or at least 18 hours of Early Childhood Education coursework as part of a bachelor's degree or higher. Applicants must have past PreK Teaching Experience and be employed in a classroom in 2022-2023 in a setting serving three, four, and five-year-olds in Arkansas and have a signed participation form from the district or program that is:
- Pre-kindergarten in a public school (Arkansas Better Chance (ABC), Head Start, District Program)
- Education Service Cooperative
- ABC pre-kindergarten in a non-public school setting (Arkansas Better Beginnings Level 3)
Applicants must have a passing score or meet the alternate score and be eligible for an Alternate Assessment Plan (AAP) on the Praxis: Education of Young Children (5024) before the start of an Early Childhood PreK Teacher Academy. DESE will provide Licensure Assessment Ready sessions throughout the year. Candidates must be registered for the assessment prior to attending a session. Click on the link below to register for this free session:1. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, August 28, 29, and 30, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
For general information on the Early Childhood PreK Academies, refer to Commissioner’s Memo LIC-22-025
240 Tutoring now has study resources for Praxis: Education of Young Children (5024). DESE is funding free 240 Tutoring accounts for teachers and teacher candidates. The interest form is available at:
For times, dates, and more information about academies click on the links below:
Arkansas State University Flyer
Henderson State University Flyer
Harding University Flyer
University of Arkansas Flyer
Cohort II - Fall
For more information, please contact:
Joan Luneau, Educator Preparation Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary & Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201