Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Master of Education
Educational Leadership

Dr. Matt Stephen
Assistant Professor
Center for Leadership & Learning
227 SR 333 South, Room 108
(479) 968-0424
mstephen@atu.edu

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.

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.
  3. Approval from the Program Director.

Admission to Candidacy

Students who have been granted conditional admission are eligible for admission to candidacy for the degree upon the completion of twelve (12) hours with a 3.00 grade point average and completion of all deficiencies. Students who have been granted unconditional admission are eligible for admission to candidacy upon completion of twelve (12) hours with a 3.00 grade point average. Students who do not submit an "Application for Admission to Candidacy" prior to the end of the semester in which the student becomes eligible will not be allowed to register for subsequent graduate classes.

Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 34 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 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 6991 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. Coursework 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. Coursework will be offered through on-campus classroom experiences as well as mixed technology including on-line and distance learning.