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Students interested in teaching in education in Arkansas must be licensed by the state in a state-approved subject area. UA Little Rock programs in teacher education are designed to prepare students for licensure. Candidates for licensure must pass examinations mandated by the state, and pass a criminal background check.
Teacher Licensure Areas
- Art Education (Grades K-12)
- English and Language Arts Education(Grades 7-12)
- Foreign Language Education (French or Spanish) (Grades K-12)
- Music Education (Vocal/Instrumental) (Grades K-12)
- Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12)
- Physical Education, Wellness, Leisure (Grades K-12)
- Mathematics Education(Grades 7-12)
- Physical Science / Earth Science Education (Grades K-12)
- Biology and Life Science (Grades 7-12)
- Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
- Physics (Grades 7-12)
All education programs have several components: university core requirements, an 18-hour K-12 Education Minor, and a major in a content area (such as Art, English, Math, or Music, etc.). Some programs also require additional courses, blocks of courses, or other special minors related to the licensure area. Programs in which a Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded include a second language proficiency requirement. See “Second Language Requirement” in the Degree Requirements Section.
All students must have a minimum of 120 hours (including 45 hours of upper-level courses) to graduate. Because these requirements often overlap and are complicated in other ways, early and careful planning is necessary to complete the programs in four years. Students are encouraged to contact a faculty advisor in their area of interest as early as possible after acceptance to UA Little Rock. The components of the education programs are described below. Course descriptions, numbers, and titles are found in the catalog sections for the departments offering the courses.
Admission to the program will only be considered if the student has completely met the following requirements:
- Formal admission to UA Little Rock
- Completion of RHET 1311 and 1312, ACOM 1300, MATH 1302 or 1321 with a grade of “C” or better
- Completion of all core requirements with a cumulative average of 2.75, or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours
- Submission of official Praxis CORE test scores toLicensure Officer
- Submission of Advising Form to program advisor
- Completion of all background checks (FBI, State Police and Child Maltreatment)
University Core Requirements and Retention
University Core Requirements
A student seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete a total of 35 hours in core courses. Options within the core may be restricted by the content majors, associated blocks of courses, or special minors in some licensure areas. A student should consult the requirements of his or her licensure area before selecting core courses.
Once admitted, students are required to maintain a 2.75 grade-point average, with at least a “C” in all professional courses (this includes all courses associated with the licensure/degree plan). In addition, students’ professional behaviors, content knowledge, and classroom performance will be evaluated throughout the program.
Successful completion of the licensure program is not based solely on the number of course credits but requires demonstration of specified professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors.
Once the student has begun the program, periodic evaluations will assess progress. Failure to progress satisfactorily might result in a student being removed from the program. While a student may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to drop a student from the licensure program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.
Minor in Education (18 Hours)
Praxis Core: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
Praxis Subject Assessment: Principles of Learning and Teaching for appropriate for grade-level licensure
Praxis Subject Assessment: All Content exams required by the Arkansas Department of Education
The Education Minor is required in all programs and should not be confused with other blocks of courses or special minors required in some licensure areas.
Minor (18 hours)
TCED 4383: Instructional Skills
TCED 4321: Teaching Diverse Learners
Education Elective (choose 1)
SPED 4301: Education of Exceptional Learners
ELEM 2302: Growth and Child Development
MCED 4310: Content Area Literacy
TCED 4330: Classroom Management
TCED 4600: Internship (or content specific section ARED/BIOL/CHEM/ENGL/HIST/HPPS/LANG/MATH/MUED/PHYS of 4600 Internship)
NOTE: Education Minor Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom (ARED 4128, ENGL 4103 & ENGL/RHET 4202, HIST 4197 & HIST 4397, HHPS 4379, IGSC 4101 & IGSC 4301, LANG 4322, MATH 4481, or MUED 4322).
Praxis Series Tests
Candidates in all programs must pass several standardized exams mandated by the State of Arkansas, The Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers, developed by Educational Testing Services, Inc. Successful completion of the Praxis CORE is required for the Education Minor. In order to complete the Education Minor, students must also pass the Praxis Subject Assessment pedagogy exam (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and all required Praxis Subject Assessment content exams within their licensure area. The content exams are required by the State of Arkansas at the time of publication of this catalog but are subject to change. Students who do not pass the exams are ineligible to graduate under an education program degree plan with a minor in education and are ineligible for teaching licensure. In such cases, students may qualify to graduate under another degree plan, although additional coursework may be required.
- Students should consult an advisor in their licensure content area before registering to take exams.
- Students must submit completed “Praxis CORE and Praxis Subject Assessment” scores to the School of Education.
All programs require the completion of a major in the chosen field and in some cases require additional courses, blocks of courses, or other special minors. When the hours accumulated within a content area, taken together with university core hours, second language hours, and the 18 hours in the Education minor do not total 120 (of which at least 45 are upper-level), students must take additional general electives.
Licensure Area: Art
Students must major in art, completing the following curriculum (64 hours)
Foundations (15 hours)
Studio (24 Hours)
Art History (12 Hours)
Art Education (13 hours)
Students in the bachelor of arts in art/education program who want to enroll in a master of arts in art or master of fine arts program after graduation need to take additional studio and art history coursework at the undergraduate level.
Licensure Area: English Language Arts
|Students must major in English in keeping with the following curriculum:Required Courses (21 hours)
Additional English Requirements (12 hours total) to include:
American Literature (3 hours)
African-American Literature (3 hours)
Upper-level (3000-4000) English Electives (6 hours)
Licensure Area: Music: Vocal/Instrumental
|Students must major in music with an emphasis in applied music and meet with the Music Department Chair each semester for advising.
Music Major (59 hours)
Music Ensemble (4 hours)
Upper-level Applied Study (4 hours)
Six semesters of MUAP 1000 Recital Attendance
Music Education Emphasis (14 hours)
Six hours of Music electives
Students in the education track are strongly encouraged to take either MUTH 4310 Arranging or MUTH 4320 Composition I as the theory elective.
Additionally, students are required to take MUHL 3322 Survey of Western Art Music, MUHL 3381 American Music, complete at least two semesters in MUEN 4113 Concert Choir, and enroll in MUEN 4140 Community Choir each semester they are enrolled in this emphasis.
Students in the education track are required to demonstrate piano/keyboard proficiency. For students with little or no piano/keyboard background, it may be necessary to take up to 8 hours of piano/keyboard classes MUAP 1214 Piano Class I, 1244 Piano Class II, 2284 Class Piano III, and 3265 Piano Skills to fulfill this requirement.
Licensure Area: Foreign Language
|Students must major in Spanish or French and it is recommended that the student also minor in a field taught in schools. English, Social Studies, and the Arts are common combinations with foreign languages. An official ACTFL-certified Oral Proficiency Interview is required for all students seeking Teacher Licensure in French, German, or Spanish. Certification at the Advanced-low oral proficiency level as defined by ACTFL is required prior to admission to student teaching in a second language. See “Department of World Languages” for details pertaining to each of the majors in foreign languages.
Second Language Education Block (12 hours)
These courses provide the requirements for the Arkansas ESL endorsement. Any part of the block may be met by demonstration of competency.
Licensure Area: Social Studies – History
History Major (30 hours)
HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
Social Studies Minor (21-30 hours):
If the following courses are not taken for the core, they must be taken as part of the social studies minor:
6 hours of behavioral sciences from:
6 hours of geography, the following are recommended:
Licensure Area: K-12 Physical Education/Health
|Students must major in Health, Human Performance & Sport Management, completing the following curriculum: General Health, Human Performance & Sport Management Concentration Area (8 hours)
Professional Area Requirements (55 hours)
Licensure Area: Mathematics
|Students must earn either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts in mathematics. See “Department of Mathematics & Statistics” for details about the BA and BS in Mathematics degrees. Contact an advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for details about specific course requirements.|
Licensure Area: Biology/Life Sciences
Biology Major (Bachelor of Science)
BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
Biology Electives (12 hours to include at least one course in organismal and cellular biology)
Must include 8 hours of freshman chemistry and four hours of organic chemistry (take sequence one or two).
Geology Major (Bachelor of Science)
4-6 hours of BIOL courses at or above the 2000-level
6 hours from any combination of MATH, CPSC, or STAT courses
Licensure Area: Chemistry
|Chemistry Major (Bachelor of Arts)
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry
CHEM 1403 General Chemistry
CHEM 2310 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 2311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 3350 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3351 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3151 Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3340 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 3572 Life Science-Physical Chemistry
CHEM 4190 Chemistry Seminar
IGSC 4301 Integrated Science Pedagogy
IGSC 4101 Integrated Science Pedagogy PracticumSupporting Courses (12 hours)
PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Lab
PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Lab
MATH 1451 Calculus I
Licensure Area: Physics
|Major (Bachelor of Science)
Mathematics Courses (12 hours)
MATH 1451 Calculus I
MATH 1452 Calculus II
MATH 2453 Calculus IIIPhysics Foundation Courses (30 hours)
PHYS 2321/2121 Physics for Sci & Eng I w/Lab
PHYS 2322/2122 Physics for Sci & Eng II w/Lab
PHYS 3322/3123 Physics for Sci & Eng III w/Lab
PHYS 4311 Classical Mechanics
PHYS 4340 Electronics
PHYS 4310 Statistical Thermodynamics
PHYS 4321 Electromagnetism
PHYS 4350 Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 4289 Undergraduate Research
PHYS 4190 Seminar
Program Electives (6 hours)
ASTR 3301 Astronomical Techniques
Supporting Courses (4 hours)
Courses in Education
ELEM – Elementary Education
MCED – Middle Childhood Education
SCED – Secondary Education
SPED – Special Education
TCED – Teacher Education