Graduate Programs

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in education or another area, but your looking to earn a first-time teaching license, or add another teaching license or a building level license, while also earning a master’s, specialist, or doctoral level degree to expand your career opportunities? Then check out one of the graduate-level degrees offered below.

M.ED. In Education: Middle Level Licensure 4-8
The Master of Education degree in Education: middle level licensure (4-8) enhances the general expertise of middle-level educators by providing a more comprehensive understanding of young adolescent learners and the need for a learning environment that is responsive to students’ developmental needs. In addition, this program provides expertise in both teaching content and pedagogy. Individuals with licensure in Middle Childhood Education may teach grades 4-8.

M.ED. In Education: Content Areas K-12, 4-12, or 7-12
The Masters of Education degree in education content areas prepares teachers for licensure in the following content areas: art (K-12), music (K-12), foreign language(K-12), health sciences (K-12), physical education (K-12), business education (4-12), and in the following 7-12 areas of biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history, mathematics, physics, social studies, speech and speech/drama. Graduates are required to maintain professional connections with schools, and as graduates, they continue to work collaboratively with school colleagues, parents/guardians, and the community; in addition, they acquire the foundations and dispositions in research, problem-solving, reflective thinking and technology for lifelong learning.

M.ED. In Education: Special Education K-12 Initial Licensure
The Master of Education in Education: Special Education (K-12) licensure is an initial preparation program in special education. All candidates will be exposed to the legal and social tenets of delivering services in special instructional settings. Candidates will learn to deliver and interpret assessment data for the purposes of eligibility determination. The program also includes developing competencies in instructional design and program evaluation.

M.ED. In Reading
The Master of Education degree in reading offers novice and veteran teachers three unique degree routes to broaden their knowledge about the field of literacy with opportunities to seek Arkansas licensure as a reading specialist or dyslexia therapist. In today’s climate, all teachers need a strong understanding about how children learn to read, how to support children who find learning to read difficult, and a solid background on evidence-based strategies to support all readers. Accredited and nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association, an M.Ed. in reading from UA Little Rock will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the literacy needs of all students.

ED.S. In Reading
The Educational Specialist degree in reading is a 36-credit-hour program of study designed to prepare candidates for a leadership role in literacy-related areas, including literacy curriculum specialists, literacy coaches, teacher leaders, literacy supervisors, teacher educators, and other leadership roles in reading instruction.

Ph.D. In Reading
The Doctorate of Philosophy degree in reading is a program of study designed to prepare candidates with the knowledge and expertise to become teacher educators, scholars, and literacy researchers. This degree is a research-oriented program of study with rigorous coursework in literacy theories combined with cognitive apprenticeships in the field and opportunities to collaborate with faculty on scholarly work and research projects. To achieve this goal, candidates must be participants in a professional community where research and scholarly activity are intentionally embedded into the teacher preparation programs.

M.ED. In Rural and Urban School Leadership
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.

ED.D. In Educational Administration and Supervision
The Doctorate in Education degree in educational administration and supervision prepares students for leadership positions in schools, school districts, or state offices. In addition, students may prepare for Arkansas licensure as PK-12 principals, supervisors, or central office administrators. The programs include both classroom instruction and field experiences.

M.ED. In Gifted, Creative, and Talented Education
The Master of Education degree in gifted, creative, and talented education prepares students for professional careers as teachers of gifted and talented students and as administrators of programs for the gifted and talented in a variety of school and community settings.

M.ED. In Curriculum and Instruction
The Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for licensed teachers. The program is individualized to meet teachers’ personal professional goals. In Reflective Teaching, teachers define their goals and assess their current level of competence. In addition, the program is aligned with the National Board Certification. Requirements for the degree include a minimum of 36 hours and culminate in a lab digital portfolio. Students must satisfy graduation requirements stated in the Academic Regulations section of the Graduate Bulletin and programs found in the College of Education section. The university reserves the right to modify policies and programs of study by supplying students with written notices of changes.

M.A. In Higher Education
The Master of Arts degree in higher education is designed for those individuals who are interested in entering or expanding their potential for attaining leadership positions in the field of higher education. Graduates of the program are prepared to function effectively in a variety of positions in the fields of College Student Affairs and Health Professions Education in two-and four-year institutions of higher education.

Ed.D. In Higher Education
The Doctorate in Education degree in higher education is designed as a highly personalized experience, focusing on each student’s specific needs and aspirations. It prepares students for a wide range of administrative and teaching roles in institutions of higher education by providing a thorough grounding in the major areas of knowledge relating to higher education as a field of study as well as a broad familiarity with the theory, practice, and scholarship of higher education. In addition to providing the necessary professional skills and knowledge, the faculty seeks to facilitate the development of students’ leadership potential and to inspire commitment and dedication to the field of higher and post-secondary education.

M.ED. In Learning Systems Technology Education
The Master of Education in learning systems technology education online degree program prepares instructional designers and learning scientists to act in teaching and administrative roles in order to analyze problems and apply solutions for learning, including planning, preparation, implementation, evaluation, and management.

Aspects of the program include the psychology and development of diverse learners, learning resource development and application, and societal concerns pertaining to instructional technology. Graduates of this 36-hour program may apply these skills to a variety of careers in public schools, community colleges, higher education institutions, business, industry, government, military, and medical settings or facilities.