Professional Development

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

Course ID Course Title Hours
HWB17118 Act 1236 of 2011: Child Maltreatment 2 hours
PIC14447 The 6 Components of Parental Involvement for Teachers 2.5 hours
HWB15058 Gatekeepers: Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness 3 hours
HWG14003 Dyslexia: A Three-Part Professional Awareness 1 hour


All four of these professional development requirements may be completed through the ArkansasIDEAS website.  To access this site, follow the link below.

On your first visit, create an account.  For more information about creating your account and using the ArkansasIDEAS portal, click here.

If you need assistance creating or accessing your account, contact the Arkansas IDEAS Help Desk.
Phone: (800) 488-6689

Click Here to Enter ArkansasIDEAS

NOTE:  If you created an account before June 1, 2015, you will need to create a new account.  You can request copies of certificates from the previous system (prior to June 1, 2015) from ArkansasIDEAS at

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 and should be turned in at that time, typically at an internship meeting early in the semester.
  • MAT candidates can email or deliver these certificates to your MAT coordinator.
  • Candidates completing graduate programs (e.g. initial license school counseling, school psychology, and speech pathology) should submit these certificates with the license application at the completion of the program of study.  More information about educator licenses for graduate students is available here.

Professional Development Requirements for License Renewal

For license renewal, contact the Arkansas Department of Education.  Information about this process and the professional development requirements is available here.