Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education First Time Licensure Application Fee Waiver

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Educator Effectiveness & Licensure
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Assistant Principal; Assistant Superintendent; Bookkeepers; Child Nutrition Directors/Managers; Communications Manager / Director; CTE Coordinator (COOPs and regular school districts); Curriculum Coordinators; Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Educator Effectiveness System Coordinator; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Facilities / Maintenance Director; Federal Programs; General Business Managers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; Principals; School Counselors; School Nurse; Superintendents; Teachers; Technology Coordinators; Techstart Coordinators or Contact Name; Test Coordinators

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DESE is pleased to announce that at its regularly-scheduled meeting on March 3, 2023, the Professional Licensure Standards Board discussed the Executive Order to Prioritize L.E.A.R.N.S. Item 3(b) and voted unanimously to recommend to the State Board of Education approval of a waiver of first-time teacher licensure application fees for the following period: May 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023

On April 13, 2023, at its regularly-scheduled meeting and as part of the action agenda, the Arkansas State Board of Education considered the Professional Licensure Standards Board’s recommendation for a waiver of first-time teacher licensure application fees for the following period: May 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023. The Arkansas State Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Professional Licensure Standards Board. 

Graduates should continue to apply for the standard license through the online application but will not be asked to pay the application fee before submitting. If you have any questions, please contact the following:  or


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