AR Early Childhood Education Certification and Exam Requirements

Arkansas Early Childhood Education Certification and Exam Requirements

Note: WGU students who want to become certified in Arkansas need to first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program; a student can then apply for a reciprocal license in AR after receiving their Utah license. Refer to the following for specific state requirements: general Utah teacher certification requirements and general Arkansas teacher certification requirements.

In Arkansas, this program leads to a certification in Early Childhood Education P-4.*

*Note: As of Fall 2013, Arkansas no longer issues the Early Childhood Education P-4 license to most applicants. In-state Arkansas graduates apply for a Blended Special Education/Early Childhood Birth-K license instead. However, the Department of Education will make special considerations for those who apply with an out-of-state K-3 Early Childhood license, such as graduates of WGU who apply with a K-3 Utah license.

Early Childhood Education Exams and Requirements: 

Content Exam for Utah Certification:
Pass one of the following:
A. Praxis 5001, Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (this exam will also satisfy the WGU ECE Program Requirement described below) OR Praxis 5031 if passed prior to 7/1/2015 OR
B. Praxis II 0022, Early Childhood: Content Knowledge  Note: This exam will NOT satisfy the WGU ECE Program Requirement.

WGU ECE Program Requirement (for students who matriculated on March 1, 2012 or later. See the WGU Praxis graduation requirement for the Early Childhood Education program)

Pass any of the following:

A. Praxis 5001, Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (this exam will also satisfy the Utah certification requirement above) OR
B. Praxis 5031, Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (if passed prior to 7/1/2015) OR
C. Praxis II 0014 or 5014, Elementary Education: Content Knowledge  (this exam will NOT satisfy Utah certification requirements)
D. Praxis 5018, Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (this exam will NOT satisfy Utah certification requirements)

Additional Exams May Be Required After Graduation
When you apply for a reciprocal certificate in AR, you will report your UT test scores, and the state of AR will either accept these in lieu of the AR requirements or issue a one year provisional teaching license. You will then have one year to take any additional tests deemed necessary.


Arkansas requires all teachers being licensed in early childhood, elementary, any middle school area, or secondary social studies to complete a three-hour course in Arkansas History before receiving a standard Arkansas teaching license.  This coursework is not offered by WGU and must be taken at a local AR college/ university. A one-year, non-renewable provisional teaching license is available for those that haven’t completed the three-hour Arkansas History course. During that year’s time, this course must be taken and passed.

Visit these links for more important information:
General Information About Licensing in Arkansas
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU and the Utah State Office of Education

Applying for Your Arkansas Teaching License



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