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.

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

STEP 1 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.

Your account in the Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS) is created when you complete the background check process.  Complete this step before continuing to the following steps. 

STEP 2 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 3 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 4 Complete the Arkansas Department of Education professional development requirements.
Information about these requirements is available here.  After each module, print AND save the completion certificate.

NOTE:  To create an account in the ArkansasIDEAS system, you must first be in the Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS).  Your AELS account is typically created when you complete the background check process described in Step 1.  

  • 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.

If you use a digital or email transcript system, make sure that your transcript(s) can be directed to an individual — not the University of Central Arkansas in general.  If necessary, get official printed copies of your transcripts and provide them to your program director.

Where to submit your materials for steps 4 and 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 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 (Praxis # 5402)

Speech Language Pathologist

Speech Language Pathology (Praxis # 5331)

School Counseling (Initial License)

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