Approved Educator Preparation Programs in Arkansas
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:
- Matrix of Approved Programs at Institutions of Higher Education
- Contact List for Institutions of Higher Education Programs
- Contact List for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Programs
- Contact List for Educator Leadership Programs
Alternative Preparation Programs are for individuals interested in Arkansas educator licensure who already hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Unlike MAT programs, non-IHE alternative preparation programs do not lead to college credit.
As policy, DESE does not accept out-of-state preparation programs for direct licensure. Candidates who complete programs and hold an out-of-state license may apply for reciprocity. Information on reciprocity is available on the Arkansas licensure reciprocity page.
For more information, please contact:
Joan Luneau, Educator Preparation Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201