State Alignment

Arkansas

Believing that all students should have equal access to excellent educators, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is committed to its vision of leading the nation in student-focused education by attracting, preparing, developing, and retaining effective educators.

All teachers and administrators must be able to document the required professional development hours annually for the renewal of their standard teaching license. All professional development must be completed within either of the following cycles during each year: June 1 to May 31 or July 1 to June 30.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, a standard licensed teacher will be required to maintain a minimum of 36 professional development hours per school year. Standard licensed teachers are required to maintain a minimum of 36 professional development hours per school year.

Forms:
Verification for Individual Professional Development Training Form – This form may be used to document a single professional development activity. While this form may be used by all teachers, it will be most helpful for those teachers that are not employed, as a way of verifying completion of the 60 hours of professional development required annually. This form will accompany the application for licensure renewal, only for those teachers not employed.

Verification of Professional Development for Licensure Renewal Form – This form may be used to verify professional development and the required work experience necessary for the renewal of a standard Arkansas teaching license for teachers that are employed in non-public school settings (or other agencies/organizations requiring a licensed teacher) and institutions of higher education. This form will accompany the application for the renewal of a teaching license.

1 Graduate Credit = 5 Professional Development hours

For more information, visit the Arkansas Department of Education website.