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 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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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 website


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