Dec 03, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [OFFICIAL CATALOG]

Rural and Urban School Leadership, M.Ed.

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This program is no longer accepting new majors.


Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Education in Rural and Urban School Leadership

This fully online and accelerated program is 30 credit hours. Classes are structured in 8 week terms. It can be completed in as little as 12 months.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A valid teaching license. (Arkansas or other state) or, if a candidate does not have a valid teaching license, he/she will provide written documentation by signing a statement that acknowledges his/her understanding that he/she is ineligible for state licensure for school administration without a valid teaching license.
  • At least two years professional experience in K-12 settings. Candidates may accrue this experience while in the program. (Please note: Four years of experience is required to be eligible for administrative licensure.)

Regular Admission. (Additional Requirements)

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), or
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, or
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

Conditional Admission

(for applicants who meet the basic admission requirements but not the regular admission requirements)

In order to be eligible for conditional admission, an applicant must meet the following requirement:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale)

Once admitted

Once admitted on this basis, the student must take the following courses as an indicator of his/her scholarly work during the first 12 hours and maintain a 3.5 GPA:

Program Requirements

Students must develop a Program of Study (POS) with the consultation of their assigned advisor in the first semester of admittance into the program. The approved POS is an abiding document and it guides students about steps they need to take towards the completion of their degrees. The building level licensure program is embedded in the masters program. Failure to progress satisfactorily will result in the removal of the candidate from the program. The POS includes the following required courses that constitute the standards associated with that body of knowledge and the application of appropriate skills and dispositions to be a successful practicing administrator.

M.Ed. Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of an approved Program of Study
  • Successful presentation and approval of the Master of Education Portfolio
  • Successful completion of the Chalk and Wire requirements
  • Successful completion of take-home qualifying exam

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