Arkansas is a state with a rich history of achievement: from Johnny Cash and General Douglas MacArthur to Maya Angelou and Bill Clinton. Nevertheless, the state’s education system has historically been characterized by challenges, rather than successes. Nearly 27 percent of children in Arkansas grow up in poverty, and only a small percentage of adults in Arkansas have advanced degrees.
As resilient as ever though, Arkansas continues to work to improve its education system. The recent influx of industry giants, like Wal-Mart and Tyson Foods, has provided much-needed jobs and capital to Arkansas. To meets the needs of a growing economy, Arkansas has implemented some of the most rigorous standards and assessments in the country. The state is committed to drawing high-quality teachers to Arkansas and has implemented the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS), a performance-based certification system for alternative pathway educators.
Individuals looking to have a real impact on a growing education system will find teaching in Arkansas rewarding. Salaries are close to the national average, while the cost of living is much lower. In addition, Arkansas offers increased pay to teachers in high-need subject areas, such as math.
Math Teacher Certification in Arkansas
Math Teaching Qualifications
Prospective teachers can obtain initial certification via the traditional route, which requires studying at one of 19 four-year colleges or universities approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Credentials & Exams
After one year of experience, teachers may convert the initial license into a Standard license (valid for five years). All teachers must pass the Praxis I/PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test), the Praxis II test in the desired subject area and the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Arkansas also offers two alternative certification routes:
- The first is the Provisional Professional Teaching License, which is a three year license issued to experienced professionals (3 years of work experience in the content area). Candidates must pass the required content knowledge exams and complete 24 hours of training within the first year of licensure.
- The second option is the Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure. Candidates with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree may work as an educator while finishing the requirements for a Standard Teaching License. This option requires assessments, portfolio development and mandatory monthly and summer trainings.
Financial Aid for AR Math Teachers
- Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP): This program offers tuition reimbursement to Arkansas teachers for up to $3,000.
- State Teacher Education Program (STEP): This program assists teachers working in shortage areas with repayment of outstanding federal student loans. Recipients may receive $3,000 per year for every year of teaching in a shortage area.
- EdLoan Repayment Rate Reduction: The Arkansas Student Loan Authority offers interest rate reductions on student loans for those Arkansans who choose professions that give back to their community.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Arkansas
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Arkansas teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Arkansas are as follows:
- Secondary School Teachers in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO: average of $55,450 per year
- Kindergarten Teachers in Memphis, TN-MS-AR: average of $52,970 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Memphis, TN-MS-AR: average of $52,070 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO: average of $51,780 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Memphis, TN-MS-AR: average of $51,110 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Fort Smith, AR-OK||$43,710||$42,690||$45,910||$43,180|
|Hot Springs, AR||$45,190||$46,770||$47,010||$48,210|
|Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR||$45,430||$43,960||$46,840||$49,020|
|Pine Bluff, AR||$45,460||$47,660||$49,970||$50,060|
|Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR||not provided||$45,330||$44,650||$47,690|
Math Teaching Degrees in Arkansas
Below we've listed all of the Arkansas math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Arkansas Math Teachers
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Common Core Standards adopted July 2010; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Arkansas here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathArkansas reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15.
Expenditure per Student: $13,215
Arkansas’ public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $13,215 or 119.4% of the national average. (Source: NEA)