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Alternative Assessment Plan (AAP) Provisional License

To be eligible for the Alternative Assessment Plan (AAP) provisional license, applicants must meet all licensing requirements except for the minimum test score(s).  These requirements include:

  1. Earned at least a bachelor’s degree
  2. Completed an educator preparation program or be currently enrolled in a program such as the UCA MAT program.

Those who have not earned the required Praxis score(s) but have scored within a range established by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) can be employed for three (3) years with the AAP provisional license.


Should you consider the AAP Provisional?

This alternative pathway to a standard teaching license should not be viewed as the “easy way.”  Understand the limitations and challenges of this option before you pursue it.

  • Your employment will be permitted under a provisional license; however, the provisional license may limit your employability. Some districts do not hire provisionally licensed applicants.
  • This option will require additional observations, mentoring, and oversight by your building administration.
  • The alternative assessments are more expensive than the cost of most of the Praxis subject assessments.
  • This option requires at least three years of experience before you will earn your standard license.

If you feel that you could pass your Praxis subject assessment(s) with additional preparation, you are encouraged to seek licensing through the traditional route.  Only when you feel that you have exhausted all efforts to pass your Praxis subject assessment(s) should you consider this option. 


To convert the AAP provisional to a standard license

To convert the AAP provisional license to a standard license, you must complete:

  1. At least three (3) years of relevant teaching experience in the content area as demonstrated through successful TESS evaluations, meeting the definition of effective teacher found under licensure rule 1-2.31.
  2. One (1) of the DESE approved performance based content assessments or micro-credential(s) from the list below.

NOTE:  You do NOT need to take the Praxis subject assessment again. Completing one of the three options above is the alternative assessment that will replace the Praxis subject assessment requirement.


To Apply for the AAP Provisional


STEP 1 – Verify that you meet the minimum score(s) requirement

The table below lists the scores for the most common Praxis exams. For other Praxis exams, contact garyb@uca.edu.

  • For elementary educators, all four (4) subtest scores must be at or above the minimum AAP score.
  • There is no AAP score for the Foundations of Reading test.  Elementary and Special Educators cannot receive a standard license without the required score on the F.O.R. test.
LevelPraxis CodePraxis TestAAP Minimum Score
Elementary5002ELEMENTARY - READING/LANG ARTS141
5003ELEMENTARY - MATHEMATICS136
5004ELEMENTARY - SOCIAL STUDIES137
5005ELEMENTARY - SCIENCE139
FORFoundations of ReadingNot Available
Middle Level5047MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH/LANG ARTS153
5089MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES139
5169MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH148
5442MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE140
Secondary 7-125039ENGLISH: CONTENT AND ANALYSIS159
5086SOCIAL STUDIES: CONTENT & INTERPRETATION143
5122FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES140
5161MATHEMATICS: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE145
5245CHEMISTRY: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE140
5253BIOLOGY: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE132
5265PHYSICS: CONTENT KNOWLDEGE125
K-12 All Grades5113MUSIC: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE152
5115MUSIC: INSTRUMENTAL & GENERAL KNOWLEDGE138
5116MUSIC: VOCAL & GENERAL KNOWLEDGE140
5134ART: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE145
5174FRENCH: WORLD LANGUAGE149
5195SPANISH: WORLD LANGUAGE156
5665CHINESE: WORLD LANGUAGE152
5857HEALTH/PE: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE149
Special Education5354SPECIAL EDUCATION: CORE KNOWLEDGE138
5511FUNDAMENTAL SUBJECTS138
FORFoundations of ReadingNot Available

STEP 2 – Receive an employment offer by an Arkansas public or charter school.

  • (OPTIONAL) If you need evidence of your eligibility, you may request an eligibility letter by clicking here.
  • Once you have the job offer, have your district complete the employment verification form linked here and HAVE THEM RETURN THIS FORM TO YOUNote: You will send this completed form to garyb@uca.edu as instructed in Step 4 below.
  • Complete this form in consultation with your district administrator(s).
    • Educator preparation program enrolled or completed — Enter “University of Central Arkansas.”
    • Additional support — Describe the actions or resources that will be used to assist you to be successful.
    • Performance assessment to complete — Select one (1) of the three choices listed at the top of this webpage.

STEP 3 – Verify that you have an approved background check.

  • For the status of your background check, follow these instructions.
  • Both fingerprinting and child maltreatment check must be less than one year old.
  • If you need to repeat either part of the background check process, follow the instructions here.

STEP 4 – Complete the licensing process.

  • Email the employment verification form from Step 2 to garyb@uca.edu.
  • Complete the license application following the directions linked here.
    Note:  You will follow the same application process as the standard license; however, your standard license will not be issued until you complete the requirements of the AAP provisional.

For more information

dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/educator-effectiveness/educator-licensure/alternate-assessment-plan-aap

Melissa Jacks, Office of Educator Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4342