Master Teacher Designation Pathways
The Master Teacher Professional designation provides a career continuum for teachers who love to teach and want to impact students from the classroom. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recognizes the critical role of teacher efficacy in student achievement, and the Master Teacher Professional designation is one opportunity ADE has established to reward excellent teachers and keep their talents in the classroom.
Becoming a Master Teacher
ADE has approved several pathways that lead to the Master Teacher Professional designation. Once the Master Teacher designation is earned, it remains on the teacher’s license for the duration of his or her career. Regardless of the pathway, a teacher interested in receiving a Master Teacher designation must have the following:
- Documentation of three (3) years of licensed teaching experience. This experience may include time spent teaching with a provisional license, but the teacher must have a standard Arkansas Teaching license to be eligible.
- Evidence of an effective or highly effective rating on the applicant’s most recent summative evaluation conducted within the previous 4 years.
Teachers who fulfill the bulleted criterion may select one of the pathways below to earn the Master Teacher Professional designation:
Award Pathway: Because recipients of these awards have been vetted through a highly competitive process, winners of the following awards in educational excellence are eligible for the Master Teacher Professional licensure designation:
- Arkansas Teacher of the Year (ATOY)
- Milken Award for Educators
- Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
National Board Pathway: The Master Teacher Professional designation is awarded to teachers who have successfully completed the rigorous process of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).The designation remains on the teacher’s license after the NBCT status has expired, but only active NBCT’s are eligible to apply.
Master’s Degree and ADE Micro-credential Pathway: The ADE recognizes the value of a teachers’ content knowledge, but also the importance of pedagogy to impart their knowledge to students. This pathway offers teachers who earn a master’s degree in their content area the opportunity to demonstrate master-teacher competency through the completion one micro-credential from the Master Professional Educator Foundations micro-endorsement: Modifying Instruction through Formative Assessments During a Lesson or Using Formative Assessment to Modify Future Instruction.
BloomBoard’s Master Professional Educator Micro-Endorsement: Teachers choosing this pathway complete a stack of micro-credentials designed to improve instructional practices, content knowledge, and classroom management skills. Educators who successfully complete the Master Professional Educator Foundations micro-endorsement or the Foundations for Blended Learning micro-endorsement may apply for the master-teacher professional designation.
Benefits of Master Teacher Professional Educator Designation
The DESE created the educator career continuum to recognize the hard work and dedication of the states’ outstanding teachers. Often teachers making the greatest impact on students view administrative positions as their only avenue for advancement within the profession. Through the Educator Career Continuum, ADE hopes to create viable options for career advancement and to encourage districts to reward the Master Teacher Professional designation so exceptional teachers will remain in the classroom.