Arkansas – State Information

MEA President: Haley Greer
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Jaree Hall
ALF Member Email:


2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar Convenes: 1/11/2021
Adjourns: 60th Legislative Day
Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None listed
Introduction Deadlines Non-appropriation: TBD, Appropriation: 3/1/2021
Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Bruce Cozart (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Charlotte Douglas (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Elizabeth Jane English (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Joyce Elliott (D)

Partisan Split House- R      Senate- R
House Clerk Contact 501-682-7771
Senate Secretary Contact 501-682-5951
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule


ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director

Jayne Green,

Title IV Director

Otistene Smith
Phone: 501-683-5423,

Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Opens July 1

State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:


Music K-12 Instrumental

Music K-12 Vocal

Provisional (5-year)

Standard (5-year)


Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: K-6, 5-9, or 7-12 edTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $75 application
$39.75 fingerprinting & background (Coming Soon via website)
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Guidance for Schools Regarding COVID-19

Directive for Community and School Sponsored Music Return to Play

Title IV Success Stories