Our Admissions Process

We’re working to recruit the best teachers for students who need them the most.

Admissions Process

 It’s simple to apply for the Equity Fellowship from the Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity. How to apply:

  1. Submit your online application.
  2. Complete four short virtual activities which measure your content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and time management ability.
  3. Complete a video interview.
  4. If currently teaching out of state, interview with school districts in Arkansas.
  5. Apply for and gain admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School.
  6. Receive an offer to join the Academy.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity’s Master’s in Educational Equity Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better on the last 60 credit hours of attempted coursework prior to receiving an undergraduate degree*
  • Admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School
  • Payment of a $60 application fee to the Graduate School
  • A valid teaching license*
  • At least 1 full year (2 semesters) of full-time teaching experience prior to beginning the Equity Fellowship*
  • Available and committed to completing all Equity Institute requirements virtually and as assigned. 
  • Employment in a full-time teaching position in one of the Academy’s partner school districts for the 2020-2021 school year in one of the following content areas:
    • Secondary ELA
    • Secondary Math
    • Secondary Science
    • Special Education
    • Elementary 
    • Art (visual arts and music/band/choir)

*The GPA, licensure, and teaching experience requirements can be waived in special circumstances.

Selection Standards

We are looking for passionate, dedicated teachers who want to improve their craft and make a difference in the lives of students. Our Selection Standards outline the mindsets and skills we are looking for in applicants to the Arkansas Academy. These standards are divided into three categories: Personal, Interpersonal, and Instructional. 

Personal Competencies

  • Able to identify personal strengths and growth areas accurately
  • Able to recognize and acknowledge potential privileges and biases
  • Demonstrates awareness of impact on and perception by others
  • Demonstrates a belief all children, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds, will  succeed at high levels
  • Demonstrates a belief in his or her ability to close the achievement gap 
  • Displays an enthusiasm for and commitment to teaching in struggling school districts
  • Demonstrates resilience and the ability to learn from and move on from mistakes and challenges
  • Demonstrates adaptability and the ability to create solutions in the face of challenges
  • Holds self personally accountable for outcomes and results

Interpersonal Competencies

  • Clearly articulates point of view, ideas, and rationale
  • Demonstrates poise, confidence, and professionalism in all situations
  • Actively seeks and applies feedback from peers and administrators 
  • Demonstrates humility and a desire to learn and grow alongside others
  • Demonstrates the ability to build relationships with students, families, and communities outside of the classroom

Instructional Competencies

Content and Instructional Knowledge
  • Demonstrates an understanding of content-specific instructional best practices linked to high academic achievement for all students
  • Able to distinguish between poor, mediocre, and strong teaching within a specific content area
  • Demonstrates the ability to produce culturally-relevant teaching that engages all students in the lesson
Data Driven Instruction
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the Data-Driven Instruction cycle and the ability to adjust instruction to meet the needs of all learners
  • Utilizes multiple forms of data and/or assessments to measure student learning and progress
Classroom Culture
  • Demonstrates effective classroom management and maximization of instruction
  • Infuses joy, authentic identity, and appropriate humor into classroom environment