Cannon-Clary College of Education

Graduate Programs

Welcome to the Harding University Graduate Studies in Education website! Whether you want to specialize in a particular content area, further your pedagogical skills for the classroom, pursue a leadership role or become a counselor, we offer a variety of degrees and endorsement programs to suit your educational needs. For quick reference, course schedules for each program and course site are provided below. For information about each specific program please feel free to browse the program pages in the drop-down menu to the left.

In addition to the classes at our Searcy campus, we also offer classes in North Little Rock, Rogers and Memphis.

Master of Arts in Teaching with Licensure

What is the Master of Arts in Teaching with Licensure (MATL) program?

If you already have a bachelor's degree, the MATL program will grant you a master's degree and a teaching license at the 4-8, 7-12 or K-12 grade levels. The following licensure areas are offered:

Grades 4-8: Minimum of 2 areas

Language arts, math, science and social science

Grades 7-12:

English
Family and Consumer Science
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Social Studies (Arkansas history course required)
Speech
Drama

Grades K-12:

Art
Foreign Language (French, Latin or Spanish)
Kinesiology/Health
Music (Instrumental or Vocal)
Speech/Drama combination

What options do I have for completing the program?

Track I: Professional Licensure Track (35 hours)

You can teach full time while pursuing your degree. You must become eligible for and obtain a provisional license in the area of expertise in which you are seeking licensure before you begin teaching.

Track II: Traditional Student Teaching Track (35 hours)

You can follow a traditional teacher preparation program culminating with a semester of student teaching.
Important Policy Statement: Students who are participating in one of the six-credit hour student teaching classes (ECED 641, MLED 642, SEED 651, SEED 652) are considered to be full-time students.

What courses are required?

The MATL program consists of 35 hours. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.

MATL Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

MATL Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Office of Adult & Extended Education

501-279-5726

Fax: 501-279-5946

coeadulted@harding.edu

Master of Education

What is the Master of Education program?

If you are interested in getting a Master's degree and want to teach Elementary, Secondary or Secondary Kinesiology, you've come to the right place! Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, these programs are designed to provide advanced training in both subject matter and pedagogy.

Looking for something more specific? We also offer Master of Education degrees in:

What courses are required?

The M.Ed. in Elementary, Secondary and Secondary Kinesiology programs all consist of 35 hours (some programs may require additional leveling work). Please see the program-specific curriculum plans below for more information.

Elementary Education Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Secondary Education Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Secondary Kinesiology Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

Please note: These programs require you to have a valid teaching license. They also requires you to take comprehensive exams before graduation.

For additional information about these programs, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

M.Ed. Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

What is the Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning?

The Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) offers advanced study in assessment, use of technology and research. All classes are aligned with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and will provide support for you to develop necessary skills for pursuing National Board certification. If you want to become a teacher who practices reflection through research, problem-based learning and self-inquiry, the ASTL program is for you.

What courses are required?

The M.Ed. in ASTL consists of 35 hours. Those who have taken the 6 hours of National Board candidate support classes may use those hours towards this degree.

M.Ed. ASTL Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

Please note: This program requires you to have a valid teaching license and one (1) year of teaching or education-related experience. It also requires you to take comprehensive exams before graduation.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

M.Ed. ASTL Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Dr. Clara Carroll, NBCT, Associate Dean

501-279-4501

Fax: 501-279-4083

ccarroll@harding.edu or nationalboard@harding.edu

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

What is the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction?

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction will grant you Curriculum Program Administrator licensure in either Curriculum or Special Education. If you want to be a part of curriculum development and administration at the district level, the M.Ed. in Curriculum is for you!

What courses are required?

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction consists of 37 hours, including 4 hours of internship. Please see the curriculum plans below for more information.

M.Ed. Curriculum Program Administrator: Curriculum Specialist Curriculum Plan (PDF)

M.Ed. Curriculum Program Administrator: Special Education Curriculum Plan (PDF)

If you already have a valid educationally related master's degree, you may be interested in the CPA: Curriculum or CPA: Special Education programs of study. We also offer an Instructional Facilitator Endorsement that deals with curriculum at the building level, rather than district level.

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

Please note: This program requires you to have a valid teaching license. It does NOT require you to take comprehensive exams before graduation but you will be expected to prepare and present a professional portfolio.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

M.Ed. Curriculum Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Office of Educational Leadership

501-279-4117

Fax: 501-279-4435

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

What is the Master of Education in Educational Leadership?

Harding University’s Educational Leadership program is designed as a three-tier process. The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program corresponds with the first tier of this process.

Level One: Building Level Leadership (P-12)

This level will grant you a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. Successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and a valid mentoring program will give you full building-level licensure from the State of Arkansas as a P-12 administrator.

Level Two: District-Level Leadership

Option A will grant you district-level administrative licensure following successful completion of the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA) and a valid mentoring program.

Option B grants you an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership at the district level and will also grant you a district-level licensure following successful completion of the SSA and a valid mentoring program.

Level Three: P-20 Leadership

This level grants you a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

What courses are required?

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program consists of 37 hours, including 4 hours of internship. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.

M.Ed. Educational Leadership Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

Please note: This program requires you to have a valid teaching license and a minimum of 2 years teaching experience to be accepted. It does NOT require you to take comprehensive exams before graduation but you will be expected to prepare and present a professional portfolio. Upon completion of your portfolio defense, you will also be required to take an Exit Survey.

If you already have a valid educationally related master's degree, you may be interested in the Building Level (Principal's) Licensure program of study.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

M.Ed. Educational Leadership Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Office of Educational Leadership

501-279-4117

Fax: 501-279-4435

Master of Education in Reading

What is the Master of Education in Reading program?

Whether you are a classroom practictioner or are serving in a literacy supervisory position, the M.Ed. in Reading is a rigorous and intensive program designed to provide you with advanced knowledge in teaching literacy. The program takes a balanced literacy approach to the teaching of literacy and the establishment of highly effective literacy practice based on current research and best practices.

What courses are required?

The M.Ed. in Reading program consists of 38 hours. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.

M.Ed. Reading Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

Please note: This program requires you to have a valid teaching license. It also requires you to take comprehensive exams before graduation.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

M.Ed. Reading Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Dr. Wendy Ellis, Director of Reading

501-279-5849

Fax: 501-279-4506

wellis2@harding.edu

Master of Education in Special Education K-12

What is the Master of Education Special Education K-12?

If you are a licensed teacher seeking Special Education K-12 licensure, the M.Ed. Special Education K-12 is for you! It is also possible to attain the Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement (see Endorsements listed below) by adding two additional courses.

What courses are required?

The M.Ed. in Special Education K-12 program of study consists of 35 hours. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.

M.Ed. Special Education K-12 Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

Please note: Interns must complete the course work and pass comprehensive exams before graduation. In addition for licensure, a Praxis II exam is required by the Arkansas Department of Education.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

M.Ed. Special Education K-12 Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Dr. Carol Douglass, Director of Special Education

501-279-4752

cdouglass@harding.edu

Master of Science in Professional School Counseling

What is the Master of Science in Professional Counseling?

For more information please see the Professional Counseling program.

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Professional Counseling: Clinical and School

501-279-4500

Fax: 501-279-5964

gradcounseling@harding.edu

Mailing address:
Harding University
Professional Counseling
Box 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Master of Science in Education

What is the Master of Science in Education?

The Master of Science in Education programs are designed to facilitate the attainment of your vocational and personal goals without completing teacher certification requirements. As you will see from the curriculum plans below, these programs are flexible and can be designed to meet your specific needs in a variety of subject areas.

What courses are required?

The M.S.E. in Early Childhood Special Education consists of 38 hours while the M.S.E. and M.S.E. Secondary Kinesiology programs both consist of 35 hours with the possibility of additional leveling work. Please see the program-specific curriculum plans below for more information.

M.S.E. Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum Plan (PDF)

M.S.E. Secondary Kinesiology Curriculum Plan (PDF)

M.S.E Curriculum Plan (PDF)
[Art, Behavioral Sciences, Education, English, French, History/Social Sciences, Mathematics, Spanish, or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)]

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

Please note: This program does NOT require you to have a valid teaching license. It does require you to take comprehensive exams before graduation.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

M.S.E. Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Master of Science in Educational Technology

What is the Master of Science in Educational Technology?

Technology has permeated every aspect of education and the M.S. in Educational Technology will prepare you to be a technology leader in your classroom. If you are interested in the instructional application of technology, the M.S. in Ed Tech is for you! This degree does not lead to licensure and is open to both education and noneducation students. If you aren't an education student, this program can still help you utilize technology in the workplace.

What courses are required?

The M.S. in Education Technology degree consists of 35 hours plus a comprehensive written exam. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.

M.S. Educational Technology Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For current course schedules, please see the other Graduate Programs.

Please note: This program does NOT require you to have a valid teaching license. It does require you to take comprehensive exams before graduation.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

M.S. Educational Technology Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Educational Specialist in Professional Counseling: Clinical Mental Health

What is the Educational Specialist in Professional Counseling Program?

For more information please see the Professional Counseling program.

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Professional Counseling: Clinical and School

501-279-4500

Fax: 501-279-5964

gradcounseling@harding.edu

Mailing address:
Harding University
Professional Counseling
Box 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership

What is the Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership?

Harding University’s Educational Leadership program is designed as a three-tier process. The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership program corresponds with the second tier of this process.

Level One: Building Level Leadership (P-12)

This level will grant you a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. Successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and a valid mentoring program will give you full building-level licensure from the State of Arkansas as a P-12 administrator.

Level Two: District-Level Leadership

Option A will grant you district-level administrative licensure following successful completion of the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA) and a valid mentoring program.

Option B grants you an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership at the district level and will also grant you a district-level licensure following successful completion of the SSA and a valid mentoring program.

Level Three: P-20 Leadership

This level grants you a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

What courses are required?

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership program consists of 30 hours, including a 3 hour internship and 1 hour Specialist Project.

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

If you are not interested in obtaining the full Ed.S. degree, you may be interested in the District Level (Superintendent's) Licensure program of study.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

Ed.S. Educational Leadership Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Office of Educational Leadership

501-279-4117

Fax: 501-279-4435

 

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

What is the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership?

Harding University’s Educational Leadership program is designed as a three-tier process. The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership corresponds to the third tier of this process.

Level One: Building Level Leadership (P-12)

This level will grant you a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. Successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and a valid mentoring program will give you full building-level licensure from the State of Arkansas as a P-12 administrator.

Level Two: District-Level Leadership

Option A will grant you district-level administrative licensure following successful completion of the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA) and a valid mentoring program.

Option B grants you an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership at the district level and will also grant you district-level licensure following successful completion of the SSA and a valid mentoring program.

Level Three: P-20 Leadership

This level grants you a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

What courses are required?

The Ed.D. program consists of 39 hours, a dissertation, and written and oral comprehensive exams. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.

Ed.D. Prerequisites (PDF)

Ed.D in Educational Leadership Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Curriculum Map if Entering Fall 2013 (PDF)

Curriculum Map if Entering Fall 2014 (PDF)

Curriculum Map if Entering Fall 2015 (PDF)

Curriculum Map if Entering Fall 2016 (PDF)

For current course schedules, please visit the Graduate Programs.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

How do I apply?

Ed.D. Admission Requirements (PDF)

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Application (PDF)

Ed.D. Reference Form (PDF)

Educator Scholarship Application (PDF)

Initial Request to Graduate Form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Office of Educational Leadership

501-279-4117

Fax: 501-279-4435

Non-Degree

Special Student

If you wish to take graduate classes simply for personal or professional advancement, you may take up to 6 hours of credit as a "Special Student." There is no application fee required but a Special Student Application must be submitted.

Special Student Application (PDF)

Not Seeking a Degree

If you are seeking additional licensure through one of our programs of study or if you have already taken the 6 hours of graduate work allowed under the "Special Student" designation, you are classified as "Not Seeking a Degree" (NSD). All NSD students must apply for admission to the Graduate program and are required to submit all admission paperwork and fees.

Not Seeking a Degree Application (PDF)

For additional information about these options, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

National Board Certification

Why should I become National Board Certified?

  1. Being an NBCT has financial benefits. In Arkansas, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) receive an additional $5,000 every year for the 10 year NBCT certificate and it can be renewed for another 10 years. That's potentially $100,000 in financial benefits for being a National Board Certified Teacher!
  2. You can advance student achievement rates as noted in numerous studies which have shown that students of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) outperform students of non-NBCTs on achievement tests.
  3. You will join more than 100,000 NBCTs that represent most subject areas and developmental levels (K-12).

What is Harding's National Board Certification Program?

The National Board Certification Program at Harding University is designed as a Candidate Support System to help you navigate the sometimes daunting and confusing world of National Board Certification.The National Board graduate classes combine face-to-face meetings supplemented with National Board supported activities.

Harding University National Board candidates have a 1st year achievement rate of 55%, compared to the state 1st year achievement rate of 33% and national 1st year achievement rate of 40%. By the 3rd year of candidacy, Harding University National Board candidates achieve at a 80.2% rate compared to a 65% national rate.

"I feel that the education I received from the National Board program at Harding educated me in the process of how to achieve National Board Certification.  The program really helped me understand what the standards meant and how to show strong student evidence.  Through deep discussions and class participation I feel that I not only achieved certification, but became a much stronger teacher in the process."

Lisa Taylor, NBCT
Willis D. Shaw Elementary School
Springdale, AR

 

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What courses are required?

Our program consists of the following two courses that rigorously prepare you for National Board Certification:

EDFD 644 - Pre-Candidacy toward National Board Professional Teaching Standards (3 hrs)
Application and certification process in preparation for National Board Certification, including the state application process and preparation towards the National Board portfolio and assessment processes. Emphasis placed on the NBPTS five core propositions, the mission of NBPTS and attributes of exemplary teachers. May be taken twice.  (Note: EDFD 644 begins in the summer term for 0 credit hours and rolls over to 3 credit hours in the fall term.  The course is usually completed in September.)

Note: You must attend a NBPTS orientation meeting before enrolling in EDFD 644.

EDFD 646 - Candidacy toward National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (3 hrs)

Scaffolding and completion of the National Board Certification process including the assessment process, the portfolio entries and the assessment center exercises. Emphasis placed on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and five core propositions including knowledge, skills, dispositions and commitment of National Board teachers. Can be taken twice.  (Note:  EDFD 646 begins in October with 0 credit hours and rolls over to the spring term with 3 credit hours.  The course is usually completed in May.)

These courses can also be taken as part of our Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning degree.

Are there any scholarships or tuition reimbursements available for this program?

Harding offers a 40% tuition scholarship for current educators enrolled in graduate courses.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education also offers tuition reimbursement for up to 6 graduate hours per year through the Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP).

Where can I find more information about National Board?

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website

Arkansas Department of Education website

Dr. Clara Carroll's personal website

 

Who do I contact?

Dr. Clara Carroll, NBCT, Assistant Dean and Chair of Graduate Studies in Education

501-279-4501

nationalboard@harding.edu or ccarroll@harding.edu

Laura Hoffmann, Assistant, National Board Certification Program

501-279-5150

lhoffman@harding.edu

Non-Traditional

This page is about classes offered for candidates of the Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL) program; formerly known as the Non-Traditional Licensure (NTL) program. Looking for a Master's while you get your license? Check out our Master of Arts in Teaching with Licensure program!

What classes are offered and how much is tuition?

We offer 3 courses for NTL candidates:

HIST 536 - Arkansas History
RDNG 512 - Reading Methods I
RDNG 513 - Reading Methods II

*NOTE: The Arkansas Department of Education requires that Reading Methods I be completed before beginning Reading Methods II. These courses cannot be taken concurrently*

NTL Classes and Tuition Info Spring 2015 (PDF)

NTL Classes and Tuition Info Summer 2015 (PDF)

How do I apply?

If you have never taken a graduate course from Harding or plan to take 6 hours or less from Harding, you should fill out the following form.

Special Student Application (PDF)

NOTE: The applications can NOT be filled out on-line; they must be printed off and faxed to 501-279-4083.

If you wish to apply for financial aid OR have taken 6 or more graduate hours from Harding University already OR are planning to take more than 6 graduate hours in the future, you must fill out the following form instead.

Not Seeking a Degree Application (PDF)

NOTE: The applications can NOT be filled out on-line; they must be printed off and faxed to 501-279-4083.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

For more information on Financial Aid opportunities, please email the Financial Aid office finaidgrad@harding.edu

How do I activate my Harding student account?

All students must activate their Harding student account before beginning classes. To do so, go to Pipeline and click Activate my Account. After filling out the required information, you will be given a username and password. As a graduate student, this account will give you a Harding email address, allow you to view and pay your business office account, view and accept financial aid records, view grades, order textbooks, and access several other services.

How do I order textbooks?

You should order your textbooks a few weeks before classes begin. To order your textbooks online, visit the Harding Bookstore. Click Textbooks. Select your department and course in the drop-down menus provided. Click Add Course and then click Get Course Materials and options for purchasing the textbooks for that course will appear. If this website is not working, contact the bookstore at hutextbooks@harding.edu.

Endorsements

In addition to our variety of graduate degrees, we also offer several endorsements, programs of study, and additional licensure programs. Whether you're looking to specialize in a certain content area or add an additional license, we have several programs offered in a variety of formats to suit your educational needs.

For additional information about any of these programs, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

Building Level (Principal's) Licensure

Our Master of Education in Educational Leadership rigorously prepares you to become a highly qualified building level administrator. If you already have a Master's degree, a program of study can be specifically designed for you by the Director of Educational Leadership. Completion of either the degree or the program of study, along with the successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and 4 years of teaching experience, will qualify you for standard building level licensure as a P-12 administrator.

What is the delivery method?

The Building Level program of study is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

Course load is variable as programs of study are designed on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Building Level Licensure Program of Study please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

Curriculum Program Administrator: Curriculum

Our Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction prepares you to become a highly qualified Curriculum Program Administrator (CPA) in Curriculum. If you already have a Master's degree, a program of study can be specifically designed for you. Completion of either the degree or the program of study, along with the successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and 4 years of teaching experience, will qualify you for standard Curriculum Program Administrator licensure at the P-12 level.

What is the delivery method?

The CPA: Curriculum program of study is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

The CPA: Curriculum program of study involves 19 hours. These hours are highlighted on the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the CPA: Curriculum Program of Study please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

Curriculum Program Administrator: Special Education

Our Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction prepares you to become a highly qualified Curriculum Program Administrator (CPA) in Special Education. If you already have a Master's degree, a program of study can be specifically designed for you. Completion of either the degree or the program of study, along with the successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and 4 years of teaching experience, will qualify you for standard Curriculum Program Administrator licensure at the P-12 level.

What is the delivery method?

The CPA: Special Education program of study is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

The CPA: Special Education program of study involves 19 hours. These hours are highlighted on the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience in Special Education. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the CPA: Special Education Program of Study please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

District Level (Superintendent's) Licensure

Our Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree provides you with the competencies necessary for school district leadership. If you are not interested in obtaining an Ed.S. degree, a state approved program of study for obtaining district level licensure is also available. If you already have your standard building level licensure, completion of either the Ed.S. degree or this program of study, along with the successful completion of the School Superintendent Assessment, will grant you district level administrative licensure.

What is the delivery method?

The District Level program of study is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

The District Level program of study involves 24 hours. These hours are outlined in the District Level Licensure Program of Study curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 4 years of teaching experience and a Building Level License. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the District Level Licensure Program of Study please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement (Reading Program)

Schools are needing teachers who understand dyslexia, dyslexia assessment, and how to help these students who struggle to read and write. This program can be completed in one calendar year. It is an Arkansas Department of Education-approved endorsement program and meets the standards of the International Dyslexia Association, the Arkansas Teaching Standards, and the International Literacy Association standards for Reading Professionals.

What is the delivery method? 

The Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement is offered fully online.

How many hours are required?

The Dyslexia therapist Endorsement requires 15 hours. These hours are outlined in the Dyslexia Therapist  curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a teaching license. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement please contact:

Dr. Susan Grogan, Associate Professor

sgrogan@harding.edu

Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement (Special Education Program)

If you are a licensed teacher seeking an MED in Special Education K-12 and would like to add the Dyslexia Therapist endorsement, this program is for you! By completing two additional courses from the Dyslexia Therapist program of study, you will have completed the course work requirement for the Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement. 

What is the delivery method?

All course work except for SPED 656, Special Education Practicum and Internship K-12, is offered online for this endorsement.

How many hours are required?

The Dyslexia Therapist Special Education K-12 endorsement consists of 15 hours which include clinical experiences in Special Education K-12. These hours are outlined in the Dyslexia Therapist curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a teaching license. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Dyslexia Therapist Endorsement please contact:

Dr. Carol Douglass, Associate Professor and Director of Special Education

cdouglass@harding.edu

Gifted and Talented Endorsement

If you are looking for an endorsement that you can complete fully online in one calendar year, the Gifted and Talented Licensure Endorsement Program is designed for you. This state-approved program is designed for the working professional and meets current Arkansas state guidelines leading to Gifted & Talented licensure endorsement.  

What is the delivery method?

The GT Endorsement is offered fully online.

How many hours are required?

The GT Endorsement involves 15 hours. These hours are outlined in the GT curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the GT Endorsement please contact:

Dr. Lynette Busceme, Assistant Professor
lbusceme@harding.edu

Instructional Facilitator Endorsement

If you want to deal with curriculum at the building level (rather than at the district level like the Curriculum Program Administrator in Curriculum or Special Education), the Instructional Facilitator Endorsement is for you!

What is the delivery method?

The IF Endorsement is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

The IF Endorsement involves 17 hours. These hours are outlined in the Instructional Facilitator curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the IF Endorsement please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

Reading Specialist Endorsement

Harding's reading endorsement is designed to provide you, as a classroom practitioner or literacy supervisor, with rigorous intensive training and advance knowledge. The reading endorsement content consist of 30 hours of study in:  linguistic and cognitive bases of the reading process, reading comprehension, word identification, and vocabulary development, reading methodologies, diagnosis and reading program development. Our program's philosophical underpinnings reset in a glanced literacy approach to teaching of literacy and establishing highly effective literacy processes based on current research and best practices. The course of study is aligned with standards derived from national associations as well as the Arkansas Department of Education. The national agencies who standards drive the course content of the program include the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the International Reading Association (IRA).

What is the delivery method?

The Reading Specialist Endorsement is offered through classroom instruction and online classes.

How many hours are required?

The Reading Specialist Endorsement requires 30 hours. These hours are outlined in the Reading Endorsement curriculum plan (PDF)

How do I apply?

To apply for the Reading Specialist Endorsement, you will need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

Dr. Wendy Ellis, Director of Reading
wellis2@harding.edu

Sandy Ogburn, Office Manager, Graduate Reading Program
sogburn@harding.edu

Special Education B-K Endorsement

If you are a licensed teacher seeking a birth through kindergarten endorsement, the Early Childhood Birth-Kindergarten/Special Education Integrated program is for you! This endorsement will prepare you to teach students in the birth through kindergarten population.

What is the delivery method?

All course work except for SPEC 650, Clinical Experience in Early Childhood Settings, is offered online for this endorsement. 

How many hours are required?

The Early Childhood Birth-Kindergarten/Special Education Integrated endorsement involves 15 hours which include clinical experiences in early childhood settings. These hours are outlined in the Special Ed B-K curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To apply for this endorsement, you will need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the SPED B-K Endorsement, please contact:

Dr. Carol Douglass, Associate Professor and Director of Special Education
cdouglass@harding.edu

 

Special Education K-12 Endorsement

If you have been hired in a Special Ed position but do not have Special Education K-12 licensure yet, the Special Education K-12 Endorsement is for you! The courses, which can also be applied to a Master of Education in Special Education K-12 (see degree programs above), provide you with K-12 licensure.

What is the delivery method?

The method of delivery is fully online for the Special Education K-12 endorsement. The majority of the courses for the M.Ed. in Special Education K-12 are offered online as well.

How many hours are required?

The SPED K-12 Endorsement involves 21 hours. These hours are outlined in the SPED K-12 Curriculum Plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

You will need to fill out this application form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the SPED K-12 Endorsement, please contact:

Dr. Carol Douglass, Director of Special Education
cdouglass@harding.edu

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Endorsement

If you are looking for an endorsement that makes you very marketable and can be completed in one calendar year, the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement program is designed for you. This state-approved program is designed for the working professional and meets current Arkansas Department of Education guidelines leading to Teaching English as a Second Language endorsement. This is a P-12 endorsement that enables teachers to be English Language Learners (ELL) coordinators in schools, English as Second Language (ESL) teachers, or general education classroom teachers better equipped to reach all students in their classroom, especially students whose first language is not English. ESL is a high-need field in many areas of the United States. The population of ESL students is growing to become a significant part of the K-12 student population, and teachers with coursework in bilingual and bicultural education are needed.

What is the delivery method?

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement is offered face-to-face on the Searcy campus, through distance learning classes for students at the North Little Rock Professional Center and the Northwest Arkansas Professional Center, and two of the four classes are usually offered completely online during the summer.

How many hours are required?

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement involves 12 hours. These hours are outlined in the TESL curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

You will need to fill out this application form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement please contact:

Mrs. Lauren Boone, Assistant Professor
lboone@harding.edu

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