Professional Development Rules

The Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education requires all licensed teachers to take part in specific training. This training must meet the requirements of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The ADE grants assurance numbers to organizations offering training that meets the requirements set forth by ADE.

The ADE requires all teacher preparation to meet the high standards of professional development and follow the rules governing professional development, as outlined by the ADE.

The 36-hours of professional development requirement must be fulfilled between July 1 and June 30 unless the employing school district approves and documents the professional develpment year as between June 1 and May 31. Check with your local school district for which months these hours count.

Professional development providers must renew their applications each year. These dates run between July 1 and June 30.


The Arkansas Department of Education approves all courses provided by Early Care and Education Projects for professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit based on attendance at workshops is solely at the discretion of the local school district.

Learn more by reviewing the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development (Feb 2016).