Secondary Education


Degrees and Certificates Offered

Master of Education


Program Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. Judith Hayn

Phone: 501.569.8928

Email: jahayn@ualr.edu


Admission Requirements

Please also see specific admission requirements for the Initial Track and the program coordinator for content area-specific admissions requirements.

All applicants must have:

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

Conditional Admission:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than a 2.75; and a General Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale,
    or
  • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate course work in another UALR graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.

Initial Licensure Track Admission Requirements
(In addition to the requirements for regular or conditional admission)

  • Baccalaureate or equivalent degree in one of the following teaching specialty areas: art; drama/speech; English language arts; life/earth science; physical/earth science; mathematics; vocal music; business technology; social studies; health and physical education, music, art, or foreign language; subject to areas approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores as required by the Graduate School. Please note: If you are applying for Conditional Admission to the Initial licensure Track because your grade point average is lower than a 2.75 (but no lower than a 2.5), you must take the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE- plus the Praxis I.
  • Praxis I scores of 171 in mathematics (or 316 on the computer-based test), 172 in reading (or 319 on the computer-based test), and 173 in writing (or 319 on the computer-based test) or the stipulated scores on two of the tests and the Arkansas Department of Education’s minimum score on one test.
  • Candidates who have completed the baccalaureate degree and lack no more than 12 hours in the specialty area may be admitted to the program and may complete deficiencies concurrently with a master’s program.
  • Interview with faculty.

Legal Requirements Prior to Field or Internship Placements
Students who apply to the Secondary Education program must complete the following requirements and submit documentation to the Field Placement Office in the College of Education prior to field or internship placements:

  • Proof of liability insurance. This insurance is provided through the School Workers Defense Program or by joining the Student Arkansas Education Association (SAEA).
  • A negative tuberculosis test. (Health card is available through the Arkansas Department of Health).
  • Criminal records check: state civil record check must be completed and submitted to advisor.
  • Completion of the Criminal Background Disclosure.
  • Before being recommended for licensure:
  • Criminal records check: state civil record check and FBI record check. The student is responsible for the fees associated with these checks.

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