Trainer Requirements

Early Care and Education Projects seeks enthusiastic people who are willing to train early educators to enhance the lives of children and families in Arkansas through professional development.

ECEP trainers are not full-time employees of the University of Arkansas but are considered independent contractors. Part-time trainers are paid an hourly rate and are provided with a train-the-trainer workshop and training materials.

All interested trainers must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Two years of experience working with children age birth to five.
  2. Be a verified trainer in the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR). If applicants do not have a PDR registry number they must apply for one.
  3. A bachelor's or master's degree in one of the following areas:
    •  Communication disorders with an early childhood endorsement
    •  Early childhood education
    •  Elementary education
    •  Family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in child development
    •  Human growth and development
    •  Special education

Interested trainers must complete the following application procedure:

  1. Contact ecepinfo@uark.edu for an application
  2. In addition to the completed application, submit:
    •  Resume
    •  College transcript(s), copies are acceptable
    •  Two letters of recommendation
    •  A copy of your PDR registry card, showing trainer status

All applications will be reviewed and a determination will be made based on where the training needs meet the qualifications of the applicant.

Once approved, ECEP trainers must adhere to the following:

  • Complete a Train-the-Trainer workshop for the ECEP course(s) the trainer is approved to teach
  • Teach the approved ECEP course(s)
  • Attend the ECEP Inservice session every other year
  • Stay in contact with the ECEP training advisor and remain compliant with all ECEP procedures
  • Submit required course documents within two weeks

ECEP Trainer Code of Ethical Conduct

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information or sexual orientation. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.