Master of Education - Educational Leadership


Program Director:  Dr. Bill Morelan

Arkansas Tech University is an Education Preparation Provider (EPP) fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is a national accreditor approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 
Arkansas Tech University's M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is a nationally-recognized exemplary program. It reflects the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), the National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards (NELP), and the Arkansas Standards for School Administrators (ASSA). 
The Educational Leadership "Program of Study" is performance-based and prepares participants to become effective school principals or assistant principals. It includes 30-credit hours of coursework plus 4-credit hours of Administrative Internship under experienced Arkansas principals at both the elementary and secondary levels. Most course assignments are job-embedded, resulting in authentic administrative experiences. The overall emphasis is on developing excellence not just course compliance. 
Throughout the program, participants compile a professional portfolio that demonstrates their competency in ten licensure areas: Mission, Vision, and Core Values; Ethics and Professional Norms; Equity and Cultural Responsiveness; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Community of Care and Support for Students; Professional Capacity of School Personnel, Professional Community for Teachers and Staff, Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community; Operations and Management; School Improvement (PSEL 2015). 
Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a graduate degree and are eligible for state licensure as a P-12 building level administrator. Note: The ATU Graduate College requires program completion with a six-year time span.  
Interested individuals must first be accepted by the Arkansas Tech University Graduate College. 
  1. Complete the on-line graduate application form
  2. Request official transcripts from each college or university attended
  3. Furnish proof of immunity against measles and rubella by sending proof of one (1) MMR immunization shots for persons born after January 1, 1957. Individuals born prior to this date must furnish proof of two (2) MMR immunization shot.
  4. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $40
  5. Send all documents to: Graduate Admissions, Arkansas Tech University, 105 West O Street, Brown Hall Suite 104, Russellville, AR 72801 or

After acceptance into the Graduate College, the applicant must then meet the admissions requirements for the Educational Leadership program. Program admissions requirements for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 are as follows:

  1.  The applicant must meet all admissions criteria for the ATU Graduate College.
  2.   The applicant must hold a vaild Arkansas teaching license.
  3.   The applicant must provide documentation of at least two years classroom teaching experience.
  4.   The applicant must be approved by the EDLD Program Director.
Due to changes in state expectations, program admissions requirements will be updated beginning Fall semester of 2021. (Please note that applications for Fall 2021 may be submitted as early as October of 2020):
  1.  The applicant must meet all admissions criteria for the ATU Graduate College.
  2.  The applicant must be proficient in English.
  3. The applicant must hold a valid Arkansas teachers license.
  4. The applicant must provide documentation of at least three years of classroom teaching experience. (A letter from his/her Superintendent or designee is required.)
  5. The applicant must provide documentation of a current “effective” or “highly-effective” TESS rating. (If applicant is from outside Arkansas, then an equivalent rating may be substituted.)
  6. The applicant must provide documentation of the appropriate Pathways Proficiency Credential or evidence that he/she is currently progressing along one of the Pathways for Proficiency approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. If the latter, Phase 1 training documentation is required prior to graduation or program completion.
  7.  The applicant must provide three letters of recommendation from principals, superintendents, college faculty, or similar educational leaders that attest to the applicant’s potential for effective educational leadership. Helpful documentation may include any of the following: 

       • National Board Certified Teacher

       • Leadership Training (Teacher Leader Academy, ESL Academy, etc.)

       • Related Micro-credentials (effective teaching, leadership, etc.)

       • Evidence of ability to raise student achievement

       • Other evidence adult leadership activities

  8.  Application must be approved by the EDLD Program Director.

     For more information, contact the Center for Leadership and Learning at 479.498.6022 or