Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Arkansas Professional Educator Pathway (ArPEP) Program Delivery

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Educator Effectiveness & Licensure
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Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-17-409
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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; CTE Coordinator (COOPs and regular school districts)

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Arkansas Professional Educator Pathway (ArPEP) Program Delivery

The Arkansas Professional Educator Pathway (ArPEP, formerly known as APPEL) Program is an affordable two-year, work-based training, alternative preparation route to obtaining an Arkansas standard teaching license for college graduates or career changers holding at least a bachelor’s degree. ArPEP’s goal is to prepare learner-ready teachers to meet the growing demand of the teacher pipeline in Arkansas. The primary objective of ArPEP is to train future educators on how to build classroom communities, design effective lesson plans, implement evidence-based instructional strategies, and use assessments to facilitate student learning.

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) seeks proposals from Arkansas Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), Arkansas Education Service Cooperatives, and approved vendors to host one or more ArPEP Program Instructional Module delivery sites for a five-year period beginning July 1, 2022.

All Arkansas Educational Service Cooperatives, two or four-year colleges/universities, and approved vendors in partnership with Arkansas Educational Service Cooperatives are eligible to apply.



Submission Deadline

Applicants must email the completed RFP packet to:

Danielle Jackson, Grants Coordinator, at   Submissions must be received no later than

January 21, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

Anticipated timeline of ArPEP Program Delivery determination process:

  • RFP packets are due to DESE by January 21, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Awarded sites will be notified no later than February 4, 2022.

If you have questions about the RFP for the ArPEP Program Delivery, please contact Terri Guy at 501-682-4589 or at

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