Professional Development

To earn an educator license in Arkansas, candidates must complete professional development requirements as established by the Arkansas Department of Education.  After September 1, 2014, candidates must submit evidence of completing the following professional development requirements:

  • Identifying and Reporting Child Maltreatment (Act 1236 of 2011) – 2 hours
  • Parental Involvement – 2 hours (Note:  Will require completion of 2+ modules for 2 hours credit)
  • Gatekeepers:  Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness – 2.5 hours
  • Identification of Students at Risk for Dyslexia and Related Disorders – 1 hour

All four of these professional development requirements may be completed through the IDEAS website at AETN.  To access this site, follow the link below.  Pre-service teachers (those without a standard teaching license) will select “Non-Licensed Educator”  for the login option (top, left of the page) and then follow the prompts to login (or to create an account if accessing for the first time).


Upon successful completion of each module, print or save the certificate that indicates your name, the number of hours for the module, and the title of the module.

For undergraduate candidates, these certificates are due when specified by your field experience coordinator (Mrs. Voegele or Mrs. Farris) and should be turned in at that time.

MAT candidates can email or deliver these certificates to the MAT office or to the MAT coordinator (Mrs. Thompson).

Candidates completing graduate programs (e.g. school counseling, school psychology, and speech pathology) should submit these certificates with the license application at the completion of the program of study.

For more information,  contact Sundae Fowler using one of the methods below.

Location:  Mashburn Hall, Room 121.
Telephone:  (501) 852-0922

Click below for directions on accessing the IDEAS portal.

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