Teaching Advanced Placement Certificate

The Arkansas Advanced Placement Professional Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) 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 expertise in the AP or Pre-AP classroom.

What is the Teaching Advanced Placement (TAVP) Program? The TAVP program is a 4-course, 12 graduate credit hour professional development certificate.  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-enhanced courses that you can complete from home and at the UALR AP Summer Institutes.  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 four AP courses in every high school and the pipeline of Pre-AP courses to support them.  The TAVP Program puts you in touch with the instructors and practicing AP professionals who have the knowledge and experience to assist you in developing your AP program and your content specific teaching expertise.  Through instruction, mentoring, coaching and networking with your fellow Pre-AP and AP colleagues, the TAVP Program provides sustained support so that you have an enjoyable and successful teaching experience.

How do I apply? Apply for admission to UALR. You will want to select the graduate school and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement Program (TAVP-GC). Please note that a GPA of 2.75 or above and a current teaching license are important acceptance criteria.

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.

Required Courses

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.

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 at the AP Summer Institute and online during the summer.

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 available via online and is offered in 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.

*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. The UALR College 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.

  • 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.

For more information about the Teaching Advanced Placement certificate program,  graduate licensure and masters degree programs please contact:

Dr. Ann Robinson