Arkansas MS Special 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 Arkansas after receiving their Utah license. Refer to the following for specific state requirements: general Utah teacher certification requirements and general Arkansas teacher certification requirements.
Endorsement Available for Graduates of WGU's MS Special Education Program: Special Education K-12
Utah Content Exam Requirement (Choose one of the following exams):
1. Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (this will also satisfy the WGU Program Requirement described below) OR
2. Praxis 5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications Note: This will NOT satisfy the WGU Program Requirement below
WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (for students who matriculated on 9/1/2011 or after)
WGU students who want to license in special education in Arkansas need to first obtain a Utah Out-Of-State license corresponding to their intiail teacher preparation program, then be recommended for and receive the Utah Special Education K-12 Mild/Moderate endorsement, and finally apply for a reciprocal license in Arkansas after completing their teacher preparation program.
Additional Exams May Be Required After Graduation
When you apply for a reciprocal certificate in Arkansas, you will report your Utah test scores, and the state of Arkansas will either accept these in lieu of the Arkansas requirements or issue a one year provisional teaching license. You will then have one year to take any additional tests deemed necessary.
Effective 9/1/2017, Arkansas will require the NES Foundations of Reading exam for applicants who wish to become licensed in Elementary Education K-6 or Special Education K-12. Applicants licensing via reciprocity will be given a one year provisional license, during which time they must pass the exam.
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
Article Number: 19380, 2357