COVID-19 Updates

3/26/2020 – Please click on the document below for testing/licensing information from the Arkansas Department of Education.

Info & FAQ

Zoom Departmental Meetings with the Dean from 3/20/2020

ELSE Zoom Meeting
Leadership Studies Zoom Meeting
T&L Zoom Meeting

Note from Office of Candidate Services Regarding Licensure – 3/23/2020

With the interruption to testing schedules, graduates who are missing testing requirements may have the opportunity to be employed as a teacher of record using alternative licensing options.  Candidates completing their degrees this semester have the following options for teaching next year:

  • With a standard license if all requirements are met

  • With a provisional license if the candidate has a job offer but is missing the PLT or Foundations of Reading (for elementary and special education licenses) [Candidates initiate this process through the Office of Candidate Services]

  • With an emergency teaching permit if the candidate has a job offer from a district willing to request this permit for a candidate who has not passed the Praxis subject assessment(s) [Districts initiate this process directly with the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education]

Candidates who have received their degrees but lack testing requirements can request a letter of eligibility from DESE, which will assure districts of their ability to hire the candidate.

Update from Dean Victoria Groves-Scott – 3/19/2020

  • Summer School – We have been asked to move all summer school offerings on line.  Please work with your chairs on summer offerings.
  • Summer Camps – The University is holding off making a decision on summer camps.  I’m not sure if we will be allowed to move forward with those at this time.
  • Your Presence in Mashburn – The Provost has asked us to identify anyone who will be in the building for the next two weeks. If you plan to work from Mashburn, please contact your chair.  We are keeping a list of people in the building with dates and times.  Next week, during spring break, we are encouraging everyone to work from home. Facilities is trying to deep clean/disinfect next week.  That’s easier done when the building is vacant. After spring break, we may ask faculty/staff to rotate through the building for limited times when necessary if there are essential tasks that need to be done on-campus.
  • One Week Extension with Withdrawals – The final date to officially withdraw from Jan. 9 – May 1 classes or the university with a W grade, unless already dropped for non-attendance, has been extended one week to April 6. This is in acknowledgement of extraordinary circumstances causing the move to online teaching and learning. This extension allows students additional time to familiarize themselves with an online learning platform, as faculty convert to alternative course delivery, before having to make a decision to withdraw from a course.