M.ED. IN RURAL AND URBAN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

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With a focus on rural and urban education, the Master of Education in rural and urban school leadership comprises courses and experiences designed to develop entry level competencies in the practice of educational leadership. Courses are structured as 8-week terms and delivered in online environments. The program of study includes one semester of P-12 internship as part of Arkansas building level administrator license.


WHAT YOU’LL STUDY

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Admission Requirements

Graduate School Admission

  • Apply for admission to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee paid via the link in the initial application email or by contacting the Cashier’s Office.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate).
    • International students must have their transcripts articulated. Transcripts that have not been articulated can be submitted for the application process; however, if a student is granted admission, WES-articulated transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School before he or she can register for classes.
  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines. Contact your program coordinator if you think you are eligible for a waiver. Students only in the UA Little Rock Online programs are exempt.
  • Proof of a grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.00 scale, including post-baccalaureate hours.
  • A copy of your government-issued photo ID.

International Student Admission

Required documents for international admission:

  • Tuberculosis screening
    • All applicants must provide proof of a Tuberculosis screening, which must be performed in the United States of America and can be done at the Health Services Center at UA Little Rock.
  • Health and accident insurance
    • All international students must purchase the health and accident insurance provided by UA Little Rock and maintain coverage year-round. Students will be billed at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. A student who enters in a summer semester will be billed for that semester as well, making the total number of times billed three instead of two. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 501-569-3188.
  • Transfer forms
    • Applicants transferring from another institution within the United States of America must also provide a Transfer and Visa form completed by the applicant’s International Student Services advisor from his or her current institution.
  • Financial statement (students with F and J visas only)
    • Before they can be accepted into the Graduate School, students must provide a financial statement showing that they are financially capable of pursuing a graduate education in the United States of America. For more information on this form, please contact the office of International Student Services at 501-683-7566.
  • All applicants must submit a copy of their visa.

Program Admission

Regular Admission

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A valid teaching license in Arkansas or other state
    • If a candidate does not have a valid teaching license, they must sign a statement that acknowledges their understanding that they are ineligible for state licensure for school administration without a valid teaching license.
  • At least two years professional experience in K-12 settings*
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 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 on a 4.0 scale
Four years of experience is required to be eligible for administrative licensure. Candidates may accrue this experience while in the program.
Conditional Admission

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 conditionally admitted, the student must take the following courses and maintain a 3.5 average GPA:

  • EDAS 7304 Instructional Supervision and Evaluation for Academic Excellence
  • EDAS 7312 Introduction to Comparative Leadership in Rural and Urban Schools
  • EDAS 7315 Leadership for Social Justice in Rural and Urban Schools
  • EDAS 7320 Leadership Coaching

Retention Requirements

Students must develop a Program of Study with the consultation of their assigned advisor in the first semester of admittance into the program. The approved Program of Study is an abiding document and it guides students about steps they need to take towards the completion of their degrees. Failure to progress satisfactorily will result in the removal of the candidate from the program.


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
Licensure Examination

Arkansas Department of Education requires candidates seeking building level principalship license to take The School Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA). The SLLA must be taken during the last semester of candidate’s program of study.

Curriculum


The Program of Study 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.

Program Co-Requisite

  • SPED 4301 The Exceptional Learner (or equivalent)

Educational Administration and Supervision (30 credits)

  • EDAS 7312 Introduction to Comparative Leadership in Rural and Urban Schools
  • EDAS 7301 Instructional Leadership & Curriculum Assessment for School Improvement
  • EDAS 7302 School Finance and Human Resource Allocation
  • EDAS 7303 Educational Law & Ethics
  • EDAS 7304 Instructional Supervision and Evaluation for Academic Excellence
  • EDAS 7315 Leadership for Social Justice in Rural and Urban Schools
  • EDAS 8313 Culturally Responsive School and Community Relations
  • EDAS 7310 Data-Based Decision Making or School Improvement
  • EDAS 7320 Building Level Internship
  • EDAS 7380 Administrative Internship

Course Descriptions


EDAS 7301 Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Assessment for School Improvement
Prerequisite: EDAS 7300, 7302, 7303, 7305, 7304. An introduction to the concepts and skills required for principals to be instructional leaders who are involved in the planning, organization, administration, and evaluation of curricular programs that are aligned with instructional and assessment techniques. Three credit hours.

EDAS 7302 School Finance and Human Resource Allocation
A study of school finance concepts and the allocation of human resources within the education system. Three credit hours.

EDAS 7303 Educational Law and Ethics
Prerequisite: EDAS 7300; 7304; 7305. A study of legal concepts, issues relating to public school administration. Three credit hours.

EDAS 7304 Instructional Supervision and Evaluation of Academic Excellence
This course will provide candidates with the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to administrative supervision and evaluation, with opportunities for application to practice in supervising learning services. Three credit hours.

EDAS 7310 Data-Based Decision Making
Prerequisites: EDAS 7300 and EDAS 7305. This course provides the student with the acquisition of knowledge and application of practice for analyzing, initiating, managing, and evaluating the process related to organizational change for school improvement that is aligned with best practices for data-based decision making. Three credit hours.

EDAS 7312 Introduction to Comparative Leadership in Rural and Urban Schools
This course is a comparative exploration of the development of schools and school leadership in rural and urban communities through an examination of similarities and differences among the political, social, and economic factors in U.S. society that shape the context for rural and urban school leaders. Leadership paradigms to address inequities in education in both settings, including social justice are also explored. Three credit hours.

EDAS 7315 Leadership for Social Justice in Rural and Urban Schools
This course is an in-depth examination of the role of the principal in rural and urban schools. Candidates will engage in advanced exploration of social justice and school leadership that leads to equitable outcomes in school engagement and achievement as measured by data-based assessment of specific goals designed to achieve social justice in rural and urban schools. Three credit hours.

EDAS 7320 Leadership Coaching
This course develops the necessary mindset and introductory skill set for leaders to address adaptive changes required for sustainable change that leads to excellence through the lens of the leader as coach. Through this lens, the leader acts as a thinking partner in order to uphold standards of excellence while holding others capable to rely on their expertise and/or seek knowledge needed to provide rigorous environments. Candidates will be introduced to the coaching mindset, essential coaching skills, and many opportunities for practice and application. Three credit hours.

EDAS 7380 Administrative Internship
Prerequisites: EDAS 7300, 7302, 7303, 7304, 7305. This course will provide the student with significant opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge, and develop and practice administrative skills in diverse settings under the direction of a school and/or school district administrative mentor and the university. Three credit hours.

EDAS 8313 Culturally Responsive School and Community Relations
The course presents principles and practices in developing and maintaining appropriate school/community relationships, opinion analysis communication processes, and decision-making patterns. Three credit hours.

SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the psychological, sociological, philosophical, legal, and educational implications of educating exceptional learners in the mainstream; the role of teachers, professionals, and parents as team members in providing appropriate education and necessary adaptations for exceptional learners. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as SPED 5301. Three credit hours.


MEET OUR FACULTY

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Ibrahim Duyar, Ph.D.

Interim Coordinator, Professor

Contact Information


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