The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is proud to announce they will be offering two new teaching certificates beginning this fall 2021.

First, there is the Certificate of Proficiency and second, it's a Technical Certificate in Teaching Assistant. According to a press release, the certificates lead to an Associate of Science in Education degree and are designed to provide students the basic educational skills to work in school districts and assist them in passing the paraprofessional exam after completion.

High School Seniors Can Take the Classes Too

The great thing is that these certificate classes can be taken by high school seniors at their local school district as long as a qualified instructor teaches it. Taking the courses while in high school allows students to work in the teaching field after graduation while pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in education. The degrees are part of an effort to build a pipeline for more qualified teachers in Arkansas. UAHT also has transfer agreements with Southern Arkansas University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock so students can transfer seamlessly to finish their bachelor’s degree in education.

Photo by javier trueba on Unsplash
Photo by javier trueba on Unsplash

"Excellent opportunities for high school students"

Jan Whatley, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Education stated:

“The CP and TC in Teaching Assistant are excellent opportunities for high school students to earn credentials while completing their high school diploma. “The course work is designed to prepare students for the paraprofessional exam, and students are further benefited in that they will gain valuable experience as a paraprofessional while working toward their teaching degree. By investing in students, high schools are likely to see many of their own students return as educators.”

If you are interested in learning more you can speak to an advisor or register, contact the Purtle Advising Center at (870)-722-8124 or email

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