Licensure by Reciprocity
What is licensure by Reciprocity?
- Reciprocity means the recognition of a teaching license from another state or country based on the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) licensure rules and/or the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement for Educator Licensure.
- Licensure in another state or country does not mean licensure in Arkansas will automatically be granted.
o Type of license must be evaluated
*Ancillary requirements may apply
Reciprocity for Veterans and Military Families
What steps must I take to apply for Reciprocity?
Request a Reciprocity packet from ADE by emailing email@example.com (Please include a name and mailing address where you would like to receive the packet).
1. Initiate the Background Check
2. Submit completed packet:
- Online Application that includes the $75.00 nonrefundable application fee.
- Official Transcripts
- Copy of current or expired out-of-state educator/s license that has been in good standing for the educator's three most recent years of teaching experience.
- Content area testing required for the out-of-state license, if applicable
- Documentation of three years licensed teaching experience, if applicable
- Verification of Teaching Form
- National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification, if applicable
What happens once I have submitted the above-listed documentation?
- Evaluation of all documents
- If applicable, a written response letter shall be sent to the educator within two weeks listing deficiencies.
When is a Provisional license available?
- If all requirements for the standard license have been met except:
o Content testing
o Arkansas History (If applicable)
- The verification of the provisional licensure eligibility form, VOPLE, will be sent when the applicant has submitted all documents required for the provisional license.
- The Provisional license will be issued upon receipt of the signed VOPLE from the employing superintendent.
What licensure areas are required to take Arkansas History?
- Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle Childhood Social Studies and Secondary Social Studies
Where can I take Arkansas History?
- One of the accredited two or four-year institutions in Arkansas or
- A 45 clock hour professional development course through Arkansas IDEAS
If Praxis exams are assessed, how do I register for them?
What additional items will I need if I am an educator from out of the country?
- Transcript evaluation from an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) or Institute of Foreign Credential Services.
- If not a U.S. citizen, legal documentation to teach in the U.S.
- Documentation of successful completion of the ADE approved assessment of English language skills exam, TOEFL
*Documentation of successful completion of the ADE-approved content area assessments must be submitted for the standard license.