Educational Leadership Master's Degree

Learning, networking, and career opportunities

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership reflects the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Building Level Standards and all School Leadership Standards adopted by the state of Arkansas. The program of study is designed to prepare candidates for state licensure as a building-level principal.

HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • The program requires a one-year Educational Leadership Internship under the mentoring of approved educational administrators. This is usually job-embedded within the student's district


  • Students will develop and expand the skills necessary to become an effective educational leader, including active collaboration, critical thinking, the ability to conduct and review research, and understanding of relevant state and federal laws and regulations, etc.
  • The program meets the requirements for an Arkansas P-12 building-level principal license.

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.
Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

You could work as a(n):

  • P-12 Assistant Principal
  • P-12 Principal
  • Other Educational Leader 

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Arkansas Department of Education
  • Numerous school districts across Arkansas

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree are:

  • This degree meets the requirements for admission into ATU's Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and subsequent Ed.D. in School Leadership

Education students
Point of Pride

The EDLD program is nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) and is fully approved by the Arkansas Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE).


Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.