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 license in Utah, and then apply for a reciprocal license in Arkansas after completing their teacher preparation program. Since you need to license in Utah first and then apply for licensure in Arkansas, you will need to pass the Utah content exams for initial licensure: Praxis II 0353 or 0354 (depending on date of passing scores) OR 0542 or 0543 (depending on date of passing scores).
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