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Master of Education
Educational Leadership

Dr. Mona Chadwick,
Assistant Professor
Center for Leadership and Learning
227 SR 333 South
Room 105
(479) 356-2001

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare candidates for licensure as a principal or assistant principal at the building level. The program of study is reflective of the current School Leader Licensure Standards adopted by the state of Arkansas. Students will be entered into the program as cohorts.

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Education degree program in Educational Leadership if they meet the following requirements:

1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for Graduate College.
2. Two years of teaching experience.

Degree Requirements

1. A minimum of thirty-eight semester hours (all at the 6000 level) must be completed, including completion of the following courses:

EDLD 6002 Administrative Law
EDLD 6013 School Organization and Leadership
EDLD 6023 Organizational Change
EDLD 6102 School Finance
EDLD 6113 Action Research and Data Analysis
EDLD 6153 Communication with School and Community
EDLD 6203 Education and Society: Continuities and Discontinuities
EDLD 6253 Instructional Leadership
EDLD 6303 Technology as an Administrative Tool
EDLD 6313 Principles of Curriculum for School Leadership
EDLD 6352 Physical Environment of Schools
EDLD 6402 Working with the Marginal Performer
EDLD 6551/1-4 Administrative Internship
EDLD 6992 Professional Portfolio

2. A portfolio must be successfully completed and approved by a portfolio review committee. This portfolio is an edited, integrated collection of an Educational Leadership candidate’s evidence that competencies reflective of the Arkansas Standards and the Interstate School Leaders Standards have been acquired. It is NOT merely a file of course projects, nor is it a scrapbook of professional memorabilia. It is a collection of a student’s best work developed during his program of study. It should showcase the student’s best work as an educational leadership candidate and demonstrate the student’s expertise relative to the principles and standards for a district administrator. The portfolio is a collection of documents providing tangible evidence of the wide range of knowledge, dispositions, and skills possessed as a professional. The candidate’s portfolio is a work in progress and should be updated regularly throughout one’s program of study. It should provide evidence of the value-added concept from a Master Degree Portfolio.
3. Course work from other institutions of higher education will only be transferred from institutions that have received program approval for a program of study reflective of the current School Leader Licensure Standards adopted by the state of Arkansas.
4. Course work will be offered through on-campus classroom experiences as well as mixed technology including on-line and distance learning.