ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : DIR-00-015

Date Created : 10/19/1999


Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Central Administration - Mr. Raymond Simon
Licensing Requirements for Substitute Teachers

Regulatory Authority:
Act 1382 of 1999

Contact Person:
Dr. Charity Smith

Phone Number:


Act 1382 of 1999 provides that effective at the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, all teachers must be fully licensed for any subject that they are assigned to teach.

In addition, the law requires that effective this school year, 1999-2000, any substitute teacher used by a district for more than thirty (30) consecutive school days in the same class during a school year must be licensed to teach by the State of Arkansas or must have been awarded a bachelor's degree by an accredited college or university. The law does not apply to substitutes for non-degreed vocational-technical teachers.

The law does provide for a waiver if this requirement imposes an undue hardship on a school district. The State Board of Education will develop these rules and regulations for granting the waiver. The law further requires, however, that any district granted a waiver shall be identified in that district's annual school district report card.

If a district has questions regarding this licensing requirement, please contact Dr. Charity Smith at (501) 682-4207.


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