Graduate Program Licensure

Candidates completing graduate-level programs of study in one of the following areas may apply for an initial Arkansas educator license by following the steps listed below.

  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • School Psychology Specialist
  • School Counseling (Initial License)

Note:  This information applies to first-time, initial license applicants only.  If you already hold a teaching license, go here for information to add an area to your license.

Do not contact the Arkansas Department of Education about your license.  All questions should be directed to the UCA Office of Candidate Services.

STEP 1 Submit the online application for an Arkansas educator license.
The application process requires you to pay your $75 license fee.  Have your credit/debit card ready to make this payment.  Go here for directions on completing the online application.

STEP 2 Submit copies of passing scores on the required Arkansas Praxis exam(s) listed below. 
More information about Arkansas Praxis requirements is available here.  Praxis requirements for school psychology specialist, speech pathology, and school counseling (initial license) are listed in the Instructional Support Personnel section.

STEP 3 Complete a criminal history background check with the Arkansas State Police/FBI and complete the child maltreatment central registry check.  Information about these two requirements is available here.

STEP 4 Complete the Arkansas Department of Education professional development requirements.
Information about these requirements is available here.  After each module, print the completion certificate and include it with your license application.  Note that the parental involvement requirement is 2 hours, which means that you may need to complete more than one module to meet this requirement.

  • Child Maltreatment Training and Reporting
  • Parental Involvement
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness
  • Dyslexia Awareness

STEP 5 Submit official transcripts for all college credit (undergraduate and graduate) not earned at UCA.

Where to submit your materials (items 2, 4, & 5)?

  • Speech Language Pathologist Kathy McDaniel, Clinic Director
  • School Psychology Specialist — Heather Martens, Program Director
  • School Counseling (initial license) — Office of Candidate Services, Mashburn 119

When all materials are submitted and your degree (or PMC) has been conferred, your application packet will be submitted by the Office of Candidate Services to the Arkansas Department of Education.  Once received, your license should be issued within 2-3 weeks.  You can check the progress of your license application here.

NOTE:  For all initial licenses and for areas requiring the completion of a program of study, your license application MUST be approved and submitted to the Arkansas Department of Education by the UCA Office of Candidate ServicesYou must use the online application and select University of Central Arkansas as your educator preparation program.

Required Praxis Exams

School Psychology Specialist

School Psychologist (Test 5402)

Speech Language Pathologist

Speech Language Pathology (Test 5331)

School Counseling (Initial License)

Professional School Counselor
(Test 5421)
Principles of Learning and Teaching
(Test 5622, 5623, OR 5624)