Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education DESE- Office of Teacher Recruitment and Retention- Information for Enrollment for the 2020-2021 Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL) Program

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The Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL) is an alternative certification route to teacher licensure administered by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The two-year program allows participants to teach while successfully matriculating through the program under a Provisional Arkansas Educator License. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a Standard Arkansas Educator License.


Information about the APPEL application, testing, admission and program requirements can be found at the following website:

The APPEL online application is NOW available from March 1 through May 29, 2020, for the June cohort and through July 3, 2020 for the July cohort.  Anyone who applies after May 29, 2020 MUST choose a July cohort site. Sites and dates are listed below.

NOTE: There will be a first site choice and a second site choice on the application. This is in the event that the first site does not have enough participants to make a site.  In that case, the applicant would automatically receive their second site choice.


An APPEL site must have an overall total of 25 participants in both Years One and Two in order to be funded and actively host a site for June or July 2020.


Taking and passing the Praxis Subject Assessment is required for admission. Testing is of utmost importance and it is imperative that applicants test no later than May 1, 2020 (for June admission) and no later than June 6, 2020 (for July admission). 

There have been several changes to the program. Listed below are the changes:

  • Praxis CORE is no longer required for admission to APPEL;
  • APPEL now has a Weighted Criteria for admission to the program (for details see page 7 in the APPEL Participant Handbook 2020 on the webpage);
  • Passing ONE 4-8 middle school subject test (Praxis) will allow a candidate to be admitted to APPEL (see below for details);
  • APPEL allows for Conditional Enrollment of those who have not yet passed a Praxis Subject Assessment (for details see page 21 in the APPEL Participant Handbook 2020 on the webpage)
  • APPEL sites are now available for June and July (not all sites are available in July, see below)
  • APPEL now offers a pathway to license in Special Education Resource (for details see page 22 in the APPEL Participant Handbook 2020 on the webpage)
  • DESE offers a full tuition scholarship for those entering APPEL who are eligible to teach Computer Science (see below)

Licensure Areas Available Through APPEL:

Educator licenses available through APPEL include Elementary K-6, Middle Childhood 4-8, Secondary 7-12, Broad Range 4-12, and certain K-12 licensure areas. See list below for available licensure areas for which APPEL accepts applicants.

Agriculture 7-12, American Sign Language K-12, Art K-12, Business Education 4-12, Chemistry 7-12, Computer Science 4-12, Drama 7-12, Drama/Speech K-12, Elementary K-6, English 7-12, Family and Consumer Science 7-12, French K-12, German K-12, Industrial Technology 7-12, Japanese K-12, Latin K-12, Life Science Biology 7-12, Mandarin Chinese K-12, Marketing 7-12, Mathematics 7-12, Middle School English 4-8, Middle School Mathematics 4-8, Middle School Science 4-8, Middle School Social Studies 4-8, Music, Instrumental or Vocal K-12, Physics 7-12, Physical Education and Health K-12, Social Studies 7-12, Spanish K-12, Speech 7-12


•Applicants for APPEL may take any Praxis Subject Assessment(s) in any area(s) for which a license is being sought and for which the program accepts applicants.
• After initial admission to the program, areas can be added to eligibility as tests are passed and the scores are submitted to APPEL. 
• Participants for 7-12, 4-12, or K-12 can license in any two subject areas for which the tests have been passed and the participant is hired to teach. 
• A 4-8 participant must pass one subject test for admission to APPEL.  A participant may take up to all four 4-8 subject tests and can license in those 4-8 subject areas for which they have passed the test and are hired to teach.

Endorsement areas such as Coaching, ESL, and Career and Technical permits can be added to any license.    


APPEL site locations for 2020 are:

Year One JUNE Summer Academy Sites:

  • Central Arkansas Philander Smith College in Little Rock Dates: June 1-5, 8-12 and 22-26, 2020
  • Central Arkansas Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock Dates: June 1-5, 8-12 and 15-19, 2020
  • Central Arkansas Searcy High School in Searcy Dates: June 1-5, 8-12 and 15-19, 2020
  • Delta Region Crowley's Ridge Ed. Cooperative in Harrisburg Dates: June 1-4, 8-11, 15 and 19, and 22-26, 2020
  • Delta Region Great Rivers Educational Cooperative in Helena Dates: June 1-4, 8-12, 22-25, 29-30, 2020
  • Northeast Arkansas Westside Consolidated Westside High School in Jonesboro Dates: June 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 2020
  • Northwest Arkansas Van Buren High School in Van Buren Dates: June 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26, 2020

Year One JULY Summer Academy Sites:

  • Northwest Arkansas Kirksey Middle School in Rogers Dates: July 6-10, 13-17 and 20-24, 2020
  • Southeast Arkansas River Education Cooperative in Pine Bluff Dates: July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 2020
  • Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative in Hope Dates: July 6-10, 13-17 and 20-24, 2020

Computer Science Tuition Opportunity

To increase the number of computer science teachers to support Arkansas's Computer Science initiative, DESE will pay tuition for up to 50 Computer Science qualified candidates who enroll in the APPEL program. Qualified candidates must enroll by the May 29, 2020, deadline. Those who have taken and passed the Praxis Subject Assessment 5652: Computer Science will be eligible to have full tuition paid through this opportunity. Funding is subject to availability and will be credited as the candidate completes the entire application process, to include passing the test.  



For more information, please contact the APPEL office at 501-682-4560 or email .









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