MA in Two-Year College Teaching
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers the Master of Arts degree in Higher Education: Two-Year College Teaching. The degree is designed for those individuals who are currently employed as faculty members in two-year colleges or those who aspire to such positions. It includes a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching cognate field plus other required and elective courses that allow students to develop stronger faculty expertise.
Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and may apply to the program at any time during the year. Admission to the Graduate School is considered twice each year. Deadlines are October 15 and March 15. Students will need to complete and provide the following items:
* Application for admission to the Graduate School and the Master of Arts in Two-Year College Teaching.
* College of Education Biographical Data Form (can be submitted online)
* report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE 2-part) with a score of 900 or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a score of 396 taken within the past five years.
* official transcripts from colleges previously attended showing a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
* two-pages, typed, and double -spaced explanation of the reasons for applying to the program and the goals the students expect to achieve.
Please mail the above materials to the UALR Graduate School:
UALR Graduate School - Admissions
Admin North 3rd floor
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204
Following a review of the application materials, students will be requested to sit for an interview with one or two faculty members as part of the admissions process.
For candidates who have at least an overall GPA of 2.5 and if only one criterion is achieved (the required test score or required GPA), the student may then present a profile demonstrating progressively successful professional development experience beyond the bachelor’s degree and successfully complete the interview with the program faculty to be admitted conditionally to the programs. Upon successful completion of six hours, the student may recieve regular admission to the program.
Students admitted to the program must complete 36 semester hours of graduate courses. Included in this 36-hour program will be at least 18 hours in the teaching cognate field, 12 hours in the program core, and six hours of elective courses selected in consultation with faculty advisors.
Students may select one of three options for completing degrees:
1. complete 36 hours of class work and a written comprehensive examination after class work has been completed, or in the final semester of class work. The comprehensive examination will consist of questions from the teaching cognate field and from the required courses in the program core.
2. complete 36 hours of class work and six hours for an academic thesis on a topic approved by the thesis committee.
3. complete 36 hours of class work and six hours for an applied research project approved by the project committee.
Master of Arts in Two-Year College Teaching
Core Requirements (12) hours)
* HIED 8320 The Two-Year College in America
* HIED 8331 College Instruction
* HIED 8344 Legal Issues in Teaching
* ADED 5301 Psychology of Adult Learning
Electives (6 hours)
* HIED 8350 The American College Student
* HIED 8330 College Teaching Problems and Issues
* HIED 8332 Curriculum Design in Higher Education
* HIED 8333 College & University Faculty
* HIED 8362 Internship
* EDFN 7303 Introduction to Research
* EDFN 7313 Learning Theories and Instructional Application
* EDFN 7314 Cognition & Instruction
* LSTE 7302 Instructional Technology
* LSTE 7305 Microcomputer Applications in Education
* LSTE 7310 Interactive Technology (Multimedia)
* LSTE 7320 Advanced Instructional Technology (Web & Distance Education)
Specialization (18 hours)
18 hours in the teaching cognate field
Capstone Experience (select one)
1. Comprehensive Written Exam
2. Academic Thesis (6 hours)
3. Applied Research Project (6 hours)
Thesis or Project Committees
Students who elect option #2 or #3 above must select a supervising committee consisting of three people to oversee and approve their thesis or project work. The committee must consist of the following:
* one member as chair who is a member of the Higher Education Program faculty.
* one member from the faculty of the College of Education who is not a member of the Higher Education Program faculty .
* one member from outside the College of Education.
Upon admission to the Master of Arts program, students will be assigned a program advisor and a teaching cognate field advisor. These two individuals will assist students in developing a plan of study for the program.
Students who select the thesis or applied research project option will select a committee chair from among the full-time faculty in the Higher Education Program. In addition, students must select two other committee members. These three individuals will consult with students, approve thesis or project topics, and review the results as presented by students in a formal meeting.
Although not a formal requirement for admission, applicants should be aware that much class work and general communication will involve the use of a computer and and e-mail access. UALR students are provided e-mail accounts through the University. Computer laboratories available to students are located on the campus, but ownership and regular use of a home computer is strongly encouraged.
In some cases students may wish to include in their program a teaching cognate field that is not offered by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In those cases it may be possible for students to earn those hours at another university where the cognate is offered and transfer them to UALR. Students may transfer to UALR as many as one-half of the class hours required in the MA program. This would mean that no more than 18 of the 36 hours required for the program may be transferred from another university.
In order to transfer courses to UALR, grades of ‘A’ or ‘B’ must have been earned at a regionally accredited university. If the hours in the teaching cognate field were earned more than five years prior to enrolling in the UALR program, students will be required to complete at least six additional hours in the cognate as part of the MA program.