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Arkansas Teacher Professional Development

Arkansas teachers take Model Teaching courses every year to help them renew their teaching license, advance their salary, or simply to improve their instructional effectiveness. Learn more below about how our professional development and continuing education courses can help you today!

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Professional Development for Arkansas Teachers

High-quality, straightforward, and cost-effective online courses (including graduate-level) for Arkansas Teachers. Let us show you have we can help you improve your teaching effectiveness, maintain your teaching license, or advance your teaching career.

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Arkansas Teacher License Renewal & Certification Renewal Requirements

The Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of Professional Development now requires educators to complete a minimum of 36 hours, or 6 days of professional development training per school year to maintain licensure. Arkansas School Board Members are required to obtain at least 6 hours of professional development per year. Educators must maintain written verification of all training by completing the Documentation of Professional Development For Renewal of a Standard Teaching License. They will need to furnish all training records to the Arkansas Department of Education each year.

If a teacher’s license has been expired for more than a year they will need to complete 60 hours of professional development training. This requirement must be completed within a year after requesting a license renewal. These teachers will need to complete a Verification for Individual Professional Development Training Form to document their training.

Professional development hours may be earned in a variety of ways, including through college courses, conferences, mentoring and independent study.

Teacher’s Standard Teaching License will automatically be renewed by the Arkansas Department of Education in the fall of its last effective year if you meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Hold a valid Standard Teaching License
  • Teach in an Arkansas public school during the year in which the license expires
  • Have clearance of the criminal background check by the Arkansas State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation on file
  • Have clearance of the Child Maltreatment Central Registry check on file
  • Pay the renewal fee of $100
  • Show verification of completion of 60 hours of Professional Development annually

Rules Governing Professional Development

Professional development approved by Arkansas department of education may meet the following requirements:

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

Model Teaching offers high-quality Professional Development Courses, relevant to most teaching license subject areas as well as courses provided through regionally-accredited academic institutions and university partners. All courses completed through our academic partners will include access to an official transcript from that academic institution for submission to any license-granting authority. We encourage teachers who wish to take our trainings to use our convenient Request Course Approval Form to request approval of our Online Professional Development or Regionally-Accredited University-Partner Academic Credit Courses for ongoing Arkansas teaching license requirements.

Please refer to the following link: http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/professional-development/scheduled-professional-development-k–12for contact information on submitting and more information about approved professional development requirements for Arkansas teachers.

REFERENCE: Arkansas Department of Education

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Salary Advancement Information for Teachers

Model Teaching partners with regionally-accredited universities across the country to provide graduate-level courses to thousands of K-12 teachers and educators every year. Generally, school districts across the country provide various salary scale advancement opportunities to teachers that often includes participation in graduate-level professional development. Our university-partnered, graduate-level courses are an excellent and cost-effective way for you to earn the continuing education academic credit you need.

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All Model Teaching university partners are regionally-accredited universities who offer our courses in partnership for graduate-level, academic and/or post-bachelorette credit.  Most states and school districts allow teachers to earn this type of credit as part of advancing in the salary scale.  Please check with your district’s policies regarding continuing education for salary advancement prior to enrolling.

The most cost-effective way to earn credits is by enrolling in one of our course bundle packs (see below).

Please refer to our course menu for a listing of graduate-level courses. Within each course page, you will have access to a syllabus that you may download.

Yes, all university-partnered graduate-level courses will include access to an official transcript from the university.

These graduate-level courses are primarily designed for salary advancement and/or certificate re-licensure.  It is the sole discretion of any university that issues the Masters Degree weather or not they may accept these credits to apply to a degree program.

PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state or district’s salary advancement policies or requirements. Please check with your district for details regarding your district’s salary advancement policies before enrolling in a course.

*The information on this page was last updated 3/2019. Please refer to the Arkansas Department of Education web page for the most accurate and current information on Arkansas teacher recertification requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page is solely provided for informational purposes and does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state’s continuing education requirements. Please check with your state certification agency for up-to-date policies for teacher certification renewal/continuing education and use our Request Course Approval form if you want to confirm use of one of our courses for your professional development, continuing education, or clock hour requirements.