Curriculum & Instruction

As an undergraduate in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, you will learn various ways of applying the fundamental skills and theories needed in order to help future generations through their educational experience. We have three programs leading to Arkansas teacher licensure.

Elementary Education

Students will be able to develop lesson plans for kindergarten through sixth grade. Students will cultivate a thorough understanding of student development. Students will be able to teach children fundamental skills in creative and interesting ways.

Middle Children/Early Adolescence

Students will be able to develop lesson plans designed for children in grades four through eight. Students will demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in the education field through implementation of professional behaviors in daily work with families, students, co-workers, and the community. Student will be able to apply critical thinking skills that they have mastered throughout our program.

Secondary Education

Students will design developmentally-appropriate curriculum and classroom practices for grades seven through twelve. Students will be able to apply various techniques in order to guide and develop future generations. Students will develop necessary skills in order to reiterate or reestablish practices


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Master of Education

School counseling and leadership

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling and Leadership is a cohort-based program designed to prepare candidates for licensure as school counselors. The program consists of 17 hours of leadership core courses and 28 hours of school counseling specialty courses. Practical activities representative of situations school personnel face on a daily basis have been integrated into the coursework. The program will provide opportunities for outstanding individuals to earn Arkansas school counselor licensure.

Teaching, learning, and leadership

The Master of Education, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (MTLL) degree program of study will facilitate individuals in engaging, ongoing dialogue, and study based on the integration of research, theory, and best practices. In addition to promoting the professionalization of teaching and improved professional practice, the completion of this degree will prepare candidates to be teacher leaders in the classroom, as an instructional facilitator in the school, or a curriculum administrator in the district. Additionally, an innovative Nontraditional Teacher Licensure (MTLL-NTL) option is available for individuals seeking an initial teaching license. An MTLL-NTL student may teach on an Arkansas Provisional License if hired by an Arkansas public school while enrolled in this program.

Educational Leadership 

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 reflects the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) "Building Level" Standards, and the current School Leadership Standards adopted by the state of Arkansas.


Educational specialist (Ed.s.)

Educational Leadership

The Educational Specialist Degree program is based on the value-added concept of school leader preparation from the building leadership to the district level leadership positions, such as superintendent and Assistant Superintendent. Students in this program will develop competencies aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).

Doctor of education (ed.d.)

School leadership

The Ed.D. in School Leadership degree is a cohort-based program designed to develop scholar/practitioners who will utilize inquiry-based approaches to solve problems in the school districts of Arkansas and beyond. The course rollout is designed to facilitate an efficient use of time for students who hold an approved Ed.S. degree. Students in the program will take classes reflective of current school leadership standards, and will learn about ethics, cultural influences, research methods and analysis, and complete a dissertation.


Student Affairs Administration

The Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration (SAA) is a practitioner-oriented program, philosophically based in college student development and university administration. The program is designed to prepare thoughtful, compassionate, first-line student and university service administrators armed with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to begin a career in a variety of higher education settings.

Students follow a curriculum that uses the recommendations for graduate education preparation programs of the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in higher education and will be taught the professional competencies for student affairs professionals as outlined by the national associations of ACPA and NASPA. The 36 hour program has students taking not only foundational courses, but requires a supervised practicum to gain practical "real world" experience in the field of student affairs to make them more marketable. Students learn best practices being used in the field through engaging class discussions (including virtual discussions for online students) with our talented faculty and diverse classmates from a variety of educational and professional experiences.


Health & Physical Education

The programs in the Department of Health and Physical Education are designed to prepare students for lifelong growth in the physical, intellectual, cultural, emotional, and social dimensions. These goals and objectives are met through the qualified faculty's presentation of research-based information, utilizing the latest technology.

The Department of Health and Physical Education has a nationally accredited (NASPE) program that is a part of the College of Education professional preparation program curricula designed to serve the students, faculty, and staff of Arkansas Tech University.

The following are the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards: