Frequently Asked Questions

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Is the University of Central Arkansas NCATE accredited?

Yes.

The University of Central Arkansas was created in 1907 by the Arkansas General Assembly.  The Arkansas State Normal School’s mission was to prepare teachers for the state, a fact  emphasized by its location in the geographical center of Arkansas. With federal initiatives such as  No Child Left Behind, and the expectations of the citizens of our state, UCA and the College of  Education are committed to the high standards of teacher preparation, effective partnerships with P-12 schools, and the continued high expectations of learning for all children. Evidence of this commitment to quality preparation is the longstanding accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA) and national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1953. NCATE recently merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to become CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

The University of Central Arkansas is also committed to maintaining its leadership role in the state by providing quality programs for those it serves. Because of the ever changing landscape of education, those leading our schools must be prepared to use the most contemporary methods to ensure effective schools. By empowering educational professionals to face the rich and diverse challenges waiting them, UCA is upholding its traditions while affirming expectations for its future. The professional education programs at the University of Central Arkansas incorporate nationally recognized performance-based standards that result in highly qualified professionals for our public schools.

How do I know which Praxis exams to take?

To see the list of required Praxis exams, visit the site below and find your intended area of licensure.  Test requirements can change frequently, so always refer to this site before registering for an exam.  If you have questions about the Praxis exam requirements, contact the Office of Candidate Services.

www.ets.org/praxis/ar/requirements

How do I add an additional area or licensure level to my existing license?

Though there are some exceptions, many areas and levels can be added to your license by completing the required Praxis II Content Exam(s). Generally speaking, you can add content areas within your licensure level (K-12, 7-12, 4-8, etc.) or within one level above or below your licensure level.  See the chart below for some of the common options for adding areas or levels to your license.

If your initial license is … Then you can add …
P-4 Early Childhood Education K-6 Elementary Education
P-4 Early Childhood Education 4-8 Middle Level content areas
K-6 Elementary Education 4-8 Middle Level content areas
4-8 Middle Level K-6 Elementary Education
4-8 Middle Level 7-12 Secondary content areas
7-12 Secondary Education 4-8 Middle Level content areas
7-12 Secondary Education Other 7-12 Secondary content areas
K-12 areas 4-8 Middle Level content areas
K-12 areas 7-12 Secondary content areas
K-12 areas Other K-12 areas

NOTE:  Adding K-6 or any 4-8 area also requires 6 credit hours of literacy pedagogy and the completion of a 45-hour professional development module on disciplinary literacy.

The information above is not a complete list of options. For more information and for more options, visit the Arkansas Department of Education website by clicking here.

Ancillary and instructional support areas (such as media specialist, school counselor, and building administrator), require a graduate-level program of study and cannot be added by testing alone.

How do I find available teaching positions?

Job search information and teaching job listings are available here.

I want to send my resume to several school districts. How do I obtain the mailing address of these districts?

You may access the Arkansas Public School Information Directory at the following link:

Arkansas Education Directory

How do I renew an expired license?

License renewal is the responsibility of the Arkansas Department of Education Office of Professional Licensure, 501-682-4342.

How do I convert an out-of-state license to an Arkansas license?

License conversion is the responsibility of the Arkansas Department of Education Office of Professional Licensure, 501-682-4342.