Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Master of Education
Secondary Education

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Education degree program in Secondary Education if they meet the admission requirements for Graduate College.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who fail to meet the minimum requirements for admission have the opportunity for conditional admission if applicant meets the minimum graduate admission standards and upon a successful appeal to the program director. Students admitted under a conditional status must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA on the first twelve (12) graduate hours in the program.

Professional Education Core Requirements (18 hours)

The professional knowledge core is designed to provide the teacher with graduate work in five areas of professional knowledge: research and statistics, curriculum and instructional design, human relations and management, individual differences, and foundations/instructional issues/global studies.

The student must take one course from each area with the exception of the instructional issues and foundations area, from which two courses are required. The secondary education major electing to write a thesis will complete SEED 6993 as one of the two courses required for instructional issues and foundations.

EDFD 6003 Educational Research
EDFD 6993 Project in Educational Research
EDFD 6313 Principles of Curriculum Development
EDFD 6503 Classroom and Behavioral Management
EDFD 6053 The At-Risk Child in the School Environment
EDFD 6043 Current Issues in Human Learning OR
EDFD 6403 Social and Historical Factors in Education

Secondary Education Instructional Technology

Ms. Teresa Toland
Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and Instruction
Crabaugh Building
1310 North El Paso Ave
Russellville, AR 72801
(479) 968-0434

The Master of Education degree with a specialization in Instructional Technology is designed for candidates working toward a degree in the general field of instructional design and technology or for candidates with a valid Arkansas license seeking Arkansas licensure as School Library Media Specialists. Entrance into the instructional technology program does not require teacher licensure.

Degree Requirements

  1. Candidates for the Master of Education degree with a specialization in instructional technology must complete 36 semester hours of graduate-level course work that includes 30 semester hours in approved educational media, library media, or information technology courses, and a minimum of six (6) hours of professional education core requirements. Candidates may select a concentration for library media licensure (requires Arkansas teacher licensure) or a concentration in instructional design and technology. To be licensed as a Library Media Specialist, after completing the master's degree, one must attain the minimum score as established by the Arkansas Department of Education on the Media Specialist-Library specialty area section of the Praxis Programs.

    Degree requirements for the Library Media specialty option (36 hours)

    EDFD 6003 Educational Research
    EDFD 6993 Project in Educational Research
    EDMD 6133 Production of Instructional Materials
    EDMD 6233 Administration of Media Programs
    LBMD 6033 Instructional Role of the School Library Media Specialist
    EDMD 6433-6 Practicum in Educational Media
    EDMD 6163 Internet Resources
    LBMD 6003 Selection of Instructional Materials
    LBMD 6013 Reference Materials in the School Library Media Center
    LBMD 6023 Classification and Cataloging
    LBMD 6043 Preservation of Instructional Materials
    LBMD 6403 Literature for Children and Adolescents

    Degree requirements for Instructional Design and Technology option (36 hours)

    EDFD 6003 Educational Research
    EDFD 6993 Project in Educational Research
    EDMD 5033 Introduction to Instructional Technology
    EDMD 6113 Microcomputers for Education and Training
    EDMD 6133 Production of Instructional Materials
    EDMD 6163 Internet Resources
    EDMD 6303 Survey of Instructional Media
    EDMD 6313 Instructional Design and Product Development

    Electives: Additional instructional technology electives to meet the 36 semester hour degree requirement.

  2. A cumulative grade point average of a 3.00 or better must be achieved in all graduate work attempted at Arkansas Tech University, with a maximum of six (6) hours of "C" grades. A student receiving more than six (6) hours of "C" or grades lower than "C" should refer to the section of the catalog on Academic Probation and Dismissal.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the professional project.
  4. Completion of all degree requirements within six (6) years of admission to the degree program.
  5. A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate coursework completed in residence at Arkansas Tech University.


Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.

Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework. 

Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program.  If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an Application for Graduation online or at the Registrar's Office.  Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.

Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the program director and the Graduate College Dean.