Scheduled Professional Development (K-12)

Scheduled Professional Development required under Section 6 of the Rules Governing Professional Development shall include content that is provided by:

  •  ADE, including ArkansasIDEAS
  •  An institution of higher education
  •  A provider approved by ADE
  •  An education service cooperative

A school district or an open-enrollment public charter school shall make available to the appropriate educator required professional development as noted on the following schedule as part of the minimum annual requirement:

Required Professional Development Rotation

  •  Child Maltreatment Mandated Reporter - two hours in 2021-2022 and every fourth year thereafter
  •  Parent Involvement - two hours in 2022-2023 and every fourth year thereafter
  •  Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention/Bullying - two hours in 2023-2024 and every fourth year thereafter
  •  Arkansas History - two hours in 2024-2025 and every fourth year thereafter for those who provide* instruction in Arkansas History

Other Professional Development Requirements 

  • Human Trafficking – beginning in 2018-19, and each year thereafter, a school district shall make available to licensed personnel thirty (30) minutes of professional development on recognizing and reporting human trafficking
  •  Athletic Coaches – at least once every three (3) years, training in recognition and management regarding events or conditions* that may be encountered by a student during athletic training and physical activities
  •  Administrators – annual professional development in data disaggregation, instructional leadership and fiscal management*

*Please refer to the ADE Rules Governing Professional Development (Sections 6 and 7) for specific topics and licensure area requirements.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Johnson, Coordinator of Special Projects
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 203-B
Little Rock, AR  72201

Phone: 501-404-6234
Email: michelle.johnson@ade.arkansas.gov