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The PhysTEC program at Arkansas develops student interest in physics with inquiry-based introductory courses, guides potential teachers through the licensure process, and mentors them during the early years of their professional lives. Arkansas has an apprentice teaching program that has played a significant role in recruitment and retention of new teachers. Course reforms in the calculus-based introductory sequence have proven quite successful in producing learning gains, independent of instructor. The physics for elementary teachers course is now required for all elementary education majors. The university has also funded a TIR position in the College of Education and Health Professions, directly supporting the science preparation of K-8 preservice teachers. May 1, 2012 UA was informed that it was approved to replicate UTeach, and UTeach Arkansas is underway. The four-year path to licensure (previously an MAT was required) should help us recruit more teachers across the STEM disciplines. Physics has especially partnered with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, hoping to provide one possible model for the newly forming CTEC.