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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approval is required for any Institution of Higher Education (IHE) prior to implementing a new program of study that prepares candidates for educator licensure in Arkansas. 

The process for submitting a proposal for an Arkansas licensure program is located in the document below. This document includes information for new first-time licensure and endorsement programs. It also includes information for revisions to current programs.

Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Program Approval Protocols– November 2023

Program Approval Coversheet

Protocol for Revision to add Year-Long Residency Only


For more information, please contact:

    Ann Crosser, Public School Program Advisor
    Arkansas Department of Education
    Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Office of Educator Preparation
    Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone: (501) 371-1582 Office