Pathways to Licensure: Alternate Routes

Alternative Pathways to Licensure

Licensure Pathways for Individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (Alternative Pathways to Licensure). These pathways often allow you to work as teacher of record in a school district while meeting licensure requirements. Click the name of the Alternative Route to learn more information:

Arkansas Professional Educator Pathway (ArPEP)

What does it offer?A pathway leading to Arkansas licensure in any first-time licensure area with the exception of Special Education K-12, Adult Education, and Guidance and School Counseling.
What should I expect from this program?
  • 2 year commitment.
  • 2 weeks of face-to-face intensive training during each summer.
  • Monthly training commitments throughout each year.
  • Candidate must secure a position as a teacher of record in an Arkansas school for the duration of the program.
What do I need to qualify for the program?
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from a nationally/regionally accredited IHE.
  • Passing scores on the current Praxis Subject Assessment for the subject/grade level.
  • Clearance of all required background checks.
  • Completed ArPEP Online Application (Application opens in March).
How much does it cost?
  • $1500 each year ($3000 for the entire program).
  • Individuals licensing in Computer Science grades 4-12 are eligible for a tuition waiver.
When/How can I apply?
  • The application is open from March-May.
  • Apply online.
For more information visit the ArPEP website or contact Stephanie Hall, ArPEP Program Advisor, at 501-682-4589 or

Educator Preparation Programs offered through Colleges and Universities: Traditional and Alternative Routes

For more information about a specific program, reach out to a contact for the institution of higher education.

  • IHEs with approved EPPs and licensure area(s) offered


B = Bachelor's degree program; M = Master's degree program; MAT = Master of Arts in Teaching; MEd = Master's of Education; MTLL = Master of Education in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

S = Specialist degree program; D = Doctoral degree program; G = Graduate non-degree program; U = Undergraduate non-degee program; PS = Post-Secondary licensure

3 = Embedded Coaching Endorsement; 5 = Must hold secondary license in core subject area; 6 = U-Teach Program of Study; 7 = Teacher Academy Program; 8 = Embedded in UAFS programs

Alternative Educator Preparation Programs

 Early Chidhood Education PreKElementary EducationMiddle ChildhoodSecondarySecondaryBroad RangeSpecial Education/Early Childhood IntegratedSpecial Education
Grade/Age LevelsPreKK-64-84-127-12K-12B-KK-12
College / University
Arkansas State UniversityG7MATMATMAT MAT MAT
John Brown University  MATMATMATMAT  
Southern Arkansas University MATMATMATMATMAT MAT
Univ Of Arkansas - FayettevilleG7       
Univ Of Arkansas - Little RockG7 MEdMEd GMEd GMEd G MEd
Univ Of Arkansas - Monticello MATMATMATMATMAT MAT
Univ Of Arkansas - Pine Bluff MATMATMATMATMAT  
Williams Baptist University  MATMATMATMAT  
Number Of Programs671213121327

Colleges and Universities offering a free Associate’s Degree in Education through the AR Future Grant

An Associate’s Degree in education can jumpstart your pathway to licensure by meeting coursework requirements necessary for admission into a traditional Arkansas approved educator preparation program.

AR Future List Map

All Degree

Institute of Higher EducationDegree TypeDegree Name
Arkansas Tech University (ATU)Associate DegreeEarly Childhood Education
Southern Arkansas University (SAU)Associate DegreeElementary Education, Middle School Education
Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC)Associate DegreeEarly Childhood Education
Arkansas State University Beebe (ASUB)Associate DegreeEducation
Arkansas State University Mountain Home (ASHMH)Associate DegreeEducation
Arkansas State University Mid-South (ASUMS)Associate DegreeEducation (K-6, 4-8)
Arkansas State University Newport (ASUN)Associate DegreeEducation
Black River Technical College (BRTC)Associate DegreeEducation
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas (CCCUA)Associate DegreeEducation
East Arkansas Community College (EACC)Associate DegreeEducation
National Park College (NPC)Associate DegreeEducation
North Arkansas College (NAC)Associate DegreeEducation
Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC)Technical Certificate Early Childhood Education
Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC)Associate DegreeEarly Childhood Education, Teaching
Ozarka CollegeAssociate DegreeEducation
South Arkansas Community College (SACC)Associate DegreeEducation
Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAUT)Associate DegreeEducation
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB)Associate DegreeEducation
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana (UAHT)Associate DegreeEducation
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM)Associate DegreeEducation
University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College (UAPTC)Associate DegreeEducation

Pathways for Individuals with Experience in a Career and Technical Field (Technical Permit)

These permits are for professionals leaving industry and entering the education field.