Program Overview

The Master of Education in rural and urban school leadership program prepares candidates for leading and managing P-12 schools effectively.

The 30-hour online program leads to P-12 building level principalship licensure. The 8-week, accelerated course delivery structure enables students to be able to complete the program in 12 months. With the rural and urban school leadership focus, graduates become equipped with appropriate skills for leading both levels of schools.
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Required Courses (30 hours)

EDAS Requirements

Choose 30 hours

Co-requisite: Exceptional Child course, SPED 4301, or equivalent course

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 i...

EDAS 7301 Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Assessment for School Improvement

3 credit hours

A study of school finance concepts and the allocation of human resources within the P-12 education system.

EDAS 7302 School Finance and Human Resource Allocation

3 credit hours

A study of legal concepts, issues relating to P-12 school administration.

EDAS 7303 Education Law and Ethics

3 credit hours

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.

EDAS 7304 Instructional Supervision and Evaluation for Academic Excellence

3 credit hours

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 ...

EDAS 7310 Data-based Decision Making & School Improvement

3 credit hours

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...

EDAS 7312 Introduction to Comparative Leadership in Rural and Urban Schools

3 credit hours

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 s...

EDAS 7315 Leadership for Social Justice in Rural and Urban Schools

3 credit hours

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...

EDAS 7320 Leadership Coaching

3 credit hours

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 distri...

EDAS 7380 Administrative Internship

3 credit hours

The course presents principles and practices in developing and maintaining appropriate school/community relationships, opinion analysis communication processes, and decision-making patterns.

EDAS 8313 Culturally Responsible School and Community Relations

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Regular admission requirements
All applicants are required to have:

• A valid teaching license (Arkansas or other state). If a candidate does not have a valid teaching license, he/she will provide written documentation by signing the Acknowledgement of Licensure Requirements 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 of professional experience in K-12 settings. (Please note: Four years of experience is required to be eligible for administrative licensure. Candidates may accrue this experience while in the program.)
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), OR
• A GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, OR
• A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Please refer to the “printer-friendly version” of this program for conditional admission requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The following conditions must be met to graduate from this program:
• Successful completion of an approved Program of Study.
• Successful completion of an electronic portfolio and other Chalk and Wire requirements.
• Submission of School Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA) scores.
• Successful completion of a take-home qualifying exam.

Program of Study (POS)
Please click to the hyperlink for the Program of Study (POS) template. Students must return their filled out and signed POS forms to Dr. Ibrahim Duyar at in their first semester of admittance into the program. A scanned copy of signed POS as an email attachment is accepted.

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 master’s program. Failure to progress satisfactorily will result in the removal of the candidate from the program. The POS includes the coursework and internship activities that constitute the standards associated with that body of knowledge and the application of appropriate skills and dispositions to be a successful practicing administrator.

Candidates must take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) for building level administrative licensure. The SLLA must be taken during the last semester of candidate’s program of study. Please contact the Director of Teacher Licensure and Placement Ms. Newsam at for additional information and current programs and requirements regarding licensure. For further information please visit Arkansas Department of Education’s website.

Program Advisor

Dr. Ibrahim Duyar | 501.569.3550 |
Professor and Program Coordinator
School of Education – Educational Administration & Supervision


UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.


UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3115 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383