ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LIC-06-001

Date Created : 08/02/2005


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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Human Resources/Licensure - Beverly A. Williams, Assistant Commissioner
Non-Traditional Licensure Program Additional Fall Cohort

Regulatory Authority:
Section 4.06 of the Rules Governing NTLP

Contact Person:
Ann DeLoney

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is offering an additional Fall instructional cycle for the Non-Traditional Licensure Program (NTLP). This cohort is being offered predominantly to meet school districts’ needs in critical academic shortage areas as approved by the State Board of Education at the June 13, 2005, meeting. This training will begin in late October 2005. School District Administrators wishing to refer teachers to this program should note the following requirements. All documentation is to be sent to NTLP, Arkansas Department of Education, 501 Woodlane (Suite 220-C), Little Rock, AR 72201.

1. To apply a candidate must:
a) Submit original transcripts documenting a bachelor’s
degree or higher,
b) Submit original passing score reports for the Praxis I
exam or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).(It is recommended
that the Praxis I basic skills assessments be taken at
any approved computer-based testing site, since this
assessment is available on demand.)
c) Submit original passing score reports for the Praxis II
test(s) in the content area of licensure.
i. Praxis II tests may be taken on August 6th or on
September 17th. At this time admission for the
August exam is only on a standby basis. Each
testing site can advise the candidates about the
availability of a standby status. All tests must be
successfully completed no later than September 17,
ii. The registration deadline for the September 17th
test date is August 18, 2005.
iii. Candidates may register for the Praxis exams on-line
d) Complete a state required criminal background check with
the Arkansas State Police and submit a copy of the
completed fingerprint card with the application
e) Submit the $800 annual program fee by money order or
cashier’s check payable to ADE-NTLP. (Personal checks are
not acceptable.)
f) Applications for the NTLP are available online
(preferred), or by mail
i. Complete the online form located at www.teachers- Follow the link to Non-
Traditional Licensure program, which is
entitled, “Register Now.” Save the
application; click on “SEND APPLICATION”; and send
to; or
ii. Contact the NTL office and an application will be

2. Due to program capacity, this two-year program of instruction
will be limited to 35 candidates on a priority-driven first-
come, first-served basis. Highest priority will be given to
fully eligible candidates who have been offered teaching
positions in the following critical academic shortage areas:
a) Art, grades P-12
b) Physical/Earth Science, grades 7-12
c) Life/Earth Science, grades 7-12
d) Secondary Math, grades 7-12
e) Foreign Language, any language or level
f) Middle Childhood, grades 4-8 (Middle Childhood
candidates are required to complete 3 credit-hours
of AR History and 6 credit-hours of Methods of
Teaching Reading.)

3. Candidates must submit an Employment Eligibility Form (from
NTL) completed by the appropriate Arkansas public school
administrator from the hiring school district.
a) To be enrolled in the NTL program teachers must teach a
minimum of four class periods per day (or the equivalent)
in the documented area of licensure for two years.(The
documented area is the one in which the appropriate
licensure exams have been passed.)

4. Initial phase of instruction (October – December, 2005)
a) Site location: 501 Woodlane, Little Rock, AR 72201
b) Dates: 10/24/05 – 10/29/05, 11/07/05 – 11/12/05,& 12/03/05
c) Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily.
d) Attendance is mandatory for all Instructional Modules.

5. Subsequent instruction for program completion (thru Spring
of 2007)

a) In January 2006, following the successful completion of
the initial phase of instruction, the teachers will be
assigned to the individual's choice of an instructional site
for the completion of the program (monthly Saturdays, two-
weeks in Summer 2006, and seven monthly Saturdays in ‘06-
b) Regional site locations are:
University of AR at Fort Smith, Ft. Smith
North West AR Community College, Bentonville
Greene County Tech School District, Paragould
Harding University, Searcy
Little Rock School District, Little Rock
Rich Mountain Community College, Mena
South East AR Coop, Monticello
South West AR Coop, Hope

The Arkansas Department of Education is making this avenue of Non-Traditional Licensure available in order to help meet the needs of school districts having difficulty filling shortage area teaching positions this fall. In addition, school districts should remember that there are approximately two-hundred (200+) teachers presently enrolled in the standard NTL cohort who have not yet found teaching positions. The NTL Office and the Teacher Recruitment Office may be able to offer assistance to school districts with these teachers as well. Any questions should be forwarded to Ann DeLoney at the street or email address above or at (501) 682-5535.


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