Certificate in Teaching AP

Exciting professional development opportunity!

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Dear AP or Pre-AP Educator:

The Arkansas AP Professional Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) offers a professional development certificate program designed for educators who want to develop their knowledge of the Advanced Placement Program and their content specific teaching skills in the AP or Pre-AP classroom. The UA Little Rock professional development certificate program in Teaching Advanced Placement (TAVP) is one of three such programs nationwide. Be the first in your district to participate in this exciting opportunity. Apply online to be part of the the program.

What is the Teaching Advanced Placement (TAVP) Program?  The TAVP program is a 4 course, 12 credit hour graduate certificate created to assist in developing an AP program and content-specific teaching expertise. It is not a teaching license, but rather a sustained professional development program that assists you in honing your skills in the rigorous and challenging environment of Advanced Placement.

How is the program offered? The TAVP Program is offered through web-based enhanced courses that you can complete from home and at the UA Little Rock AP Summer Institutes. In other words, the program is designed for busy teachers who are currently teaching or preparing to teach in Pre-AP and AP classrooms.

What are the benefits of the TAVP Professional Development Certificate Program? Arkansas is committed to offering a minimum of 4 AP courses in every high school and the pipeline of Pre-AP courses to support them. The TAVP Certificate Program puts you in touch with instructors and practicing AP professionals who have the knowledge and experience to assist you in developing your program and your content specific teaching expertise. Through instruction, mentoring, coaching and networking with your fellow Pre-AP and AP colleagues, the TAVP Certificate Program provides sustained support so that you have an enjoyable and successful teaching experience.

How do I apply? Go to the UA Little Rock web site at ualr.edu and select the admissions hot link to apply for admission into the Graduate School. Follow the links to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement Program (TAVP-GC).

Please note that a minimum GPA of 2.75 or/and 3.00 on the last 60 hours (including post-baccalaureate hours) is required.

In what courses do I enroll? See below for course descriptions and sequence. Training provided by local school districts does not qualify for course credit within the TAVP program.


  • GATE 7393 – Content specific pedagogy in Pre-AP/AP: Instructional curriculum project  or scope/sequence plan for Pre-AP/AP teaching assignment. Course available at AP Summer Institute with web-enhanced follow-up and support being offered via independent study in the August interim session.
  • GATE 7361 – Advanced Placement for Talented Youth: Includes an overview of the Advanced Placement program, academic talent development, achievement gap at high levels of performance, and establishing and managing Vertical Teams. Course is available and online during the spring and summer semesters.
  • GATE 7395 – Internship: On-site internship in the home school focused on a professional growth plan tailored to content specific needs.  Includes a study of district demographics, program needs analysis, equity and access issues, and student recruitment.    Course is available online during the fall semester.
  • GATE 7390 – Supervised Practicum: Supervised teaching experience in an approved Pre-AP or AP classroom at the home school.  Use of technology for supervision required.  Course is available online during  the spring semester.

Note: Depending on need and professional goals, candidate may include or substitute a content course in their discipline as part of their professional development certificate plan.  Consult your advisor.

Benefits of the Program: The UA Little Rock School of Education provides a unique and exciting opportunity for teachers and other professionals to earn a graduate certificate in conjunction with Advanced Placement Summer Institute attendance, online, web-enhanced and on-site courses in your home school.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Enhancement of content knowledge and pedagogy related to AP instruction.
  • Professional credentials and advancement
  • Meeting with exemplary College Board consultants and graduate faculty at the AP Summer Institute.
  • Networking with fellow Pre-AP and AP Professionals.
  • Graduate level credit
  • Credits may be applied toward a master’s degree in Gifted, Middle Level, or Secondary education.
  • Individualized mentoring and coaching
  • On-line & Web enhanced courses
  • On-site internships in the home school

Target Audience:  the Teaching Advanced Placement Program is designed for:

  • Current Pre-AP/AP Teachers, grades 6 through 12.
  • Teachers interested in becoming Pre-AP/AP teachers.
  • Gifted Education professionals responsible for Pre-AP/AP programs.

What if I have more questions? Contact Dr. Ann Robinson at aerobinson@ualr.edu. We look forward to working with you!