UA Little Rock Received $175,000 Grant to Create Online Teacher Academy | KLRT

ByMike V. Cooper

Aug 11, 2021

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is looking to create an online teacher academy program with the help of a new federal grant.

On Wednesday, UA Little Rock announced that it has received a $175,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Education for the 2021-2022 Online Teacher Academy Endorsement Program, providing training for teachers in the kindergarten through 12th grade in Arkansas.

Daryl Tate, assistant professor at the School of Education and coordinator of the Learning System Technology Education program, will serve as the academy’s director.

“21st century educators need to have certain skills to be effective in their lessons, whether they are teaching blended, fully online or face-to-face lessons,” Tate said. “This grant from the Arkansas Department of Education will help us prepare K-12 teachers to deliver quality online learning to their students.”

According to UA Little Rock, teachers can earn a graduate certificate by taking an additional course.

Teachers can also earn a master’s degree with the completion of six courses after the graduate certificate, according to UA Little Rock.

For more information about the program, visit the Learning Systems Technology Education program website at