The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $175,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Education that will provide funding for a new online teacher academy for K-12 teachers in Arkansas.
The 2021-2022 Online Teacher Academy Endorsement program will provide training for K-12 teachers to learn more about online teaching and course creation by taking courses through the UA Little Rock Learning System Technology Education program. Participants will earn 15 hours of graduate credit as well as an endorsement in K-12 online teaching by the Arkansas Department of Education upon completion of a state assessment. The grant will cover tuition, books and a state assessment for 20 K-12 teachers who are participating in the online academy.
Dr. Daryl Tate, assistant professor in the School of Education and coordinator of the Learning System Technology Education program, will serve as the director of the online teacher academy, while Sharonda Lipscomb, instructional design coordinator, will serve as the program administrator.
“Educators in the 21st century need to have certain skill sets to be effective in their classes, whether they are teaching hybrid, fully online, or face-to-face classes,” Tate said. “[This grant] will help us prepare K-12 teachers to deliver quality online learning to their students.”
Teachers participating in the online academy also have opportunities for further learning. Teachers who complete the academy will also earn the graduate certificate in Learning Systems Technology Education with the completion of one more course. They may also earn a master’s degree in education with the completion of six courses after the graduate certificate.