Programs of Study Instructions
The courses found in the ArkansasIDEAS Programs of Study were chosen by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to be a comparable alternative to a required set of three (3) traditional college credit hours needed for an Arkansas Educator License. These programs are designed to assist teachers earning first time licensure and/or adding content areas or grade levels to an existing license. Please contact ADE to verify that a program meets your specific needs and which program you should complete. You may contact the Office of Educator Licensure directly at 501-682-4342.
The Disciplinary Literacy Program of Study provided by ArkansasIDEAS is being discontinued due to the removal of the disciplinary literacy requirement from ADE's Rules Governing Educator Licensure. The new rules, which went into effect March 7, 2018, were announced via this commissioner's memo. For information regarding the new Rules Governing Educator Licensure, please contact the Office of Licensure at ADE.
If you were instructed to enroll in this program of study as part of your coursework for a teacher preparatory program or as a condition of your employment, we recommend that you check to make sure that this is still a requirement you must complete. If you choose to continue in the program of study, all coursework must be finished by April 30, 2018 to receive credit.
There are no changes being made to the Arkansas History Program of Study or its requirements at this time.
In order to earn the 45-hour professional development credit through ArkansasIDEAS, you must first create an ArkansasIDEAS account then enroll in the program of study that meets your needs. All required course links will be available within the program of study. Make sure you are accessing the required courses from within the program of study in order to receive credit towards its completion.
ArkansasIDEAS must verify that you have satisfactorily completed each component of all courses in the program before a certificate can be awarded. This verification includes 1) time spent viewing each video; 2) number of attempts at assessments; 3) passing score of 80% or above on all assessments; and 4) completion of course surveys. Please be advised that verification may take 7-10 business days once we receive notification that you have completed the coursework.
Any attempts to falsify records or submission of a completion statement without spending the appropriate amount of time in a course is considered fraud and a violation of the Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators. Simultaneous work is not allowed and will void all related work when detected during verification. Examples of simultaneous work include: attempting to take multiple courses at the same time, attempting to take assessments while viewing videos, or attempting to view multiple videos at the same time. If our logs show that you are attempting to submit fraudulent completion documentation your privileges to use ArkansasIDEAS could be revoked and ADE may be notified of the ethics violation.
Please click here for more information about the Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators.
Creating an ArkansasIDEAS Account
If you currently hold an Arkansas Teaching License or have submitted provisional licensure paperwork to ADE then you have been assigned an AELS number. You can check your AELS status at the AELS Public Site. (adeaels.arkansas.gov) If you show up in that database then you are eligible to create an ArkansasIDEAS account. Go to ideas.aetn.org, click on "Log in", then click on "Create New Account." If you do not have an AELS number, please contact the ADE Office of Educator Licensure at 501-682-4342 for assistance.
Enrolling in a Program of Study
- Log into your ArkansasIDEAS account.
- On the left of the Home screen you will see a box titled Programs of Study. Follow the instructions in the box to enroll in the appropriate Program of Study. You will receive a confirmation email once you have been enrolled.
- To complete the course work, return to the home screen and hover your mouse over the Find Learning tab. Select Programs from the drop down menu and click on the Program of Study you wish to work on. You will now be in the program course list and can begin work. You must complete the Required Instructions reading before continuing on to other courses.
Caution, some of these same courses exist outside of the program, those courses do not count for credit towards completing the program. Using the CID code and not just the course title will help ensure you are in the correct course. Always follow step 3 to find your courses to ensure you are working in the program of study.
Obtaining a Certificate of Completion
Once you have completed all of the course work in the Program of Study you must follow the instructions within the course in order to request that we verify your work and provide you with a certificate of completion.
Please allow 7-10 business days for verification. Upon verification a certificate of completion will be mailed to you and an electronic copy will be available in your ArkansasIDEAS account under the “Record of Learning” tab.
To complete the process for licensure you must follow the submission guidelines according to the instructions provided by ADE. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact the Office of Educator Licensure directly at 501-682-4342.
For further assistance with the use of the ArkansasIDEAS learning management system, please contact the ArkansasIDEAS Help Desk by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 1-800-488-6689. Please specify that you need information about a Program of Study.