The Arkansas Professional Educator Pathway (ArPEP), is an affordable two-year, work-based,  alternative certification program that is administered by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Enrollment in this program allows a candidate with a bachelor’s degree or higher to be licensed and employed as a classroom teacher while completing the necessary requirements for a Standard Arkansas Teaching License. ArPEP’s goal is to prepare day one-ready teachers to meet the growing demand of the teacher pipeline in Arkansas.  The primary objective of ArPEP is to train future educators on how to:

  • build classroom communities

  • design effective lesson plans

  • implement evidence-based instructional strategies, and

  • use assessments to facilitate student learning

For more information, contact Karm Prock (501-454-3361) or Shannon Holeyfield (501-207-3474) or email them at 


routes to licensure

ArPep Info

Admissions Requirements

online application

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