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New Significantly reduced tuition costs beginning Summer 2021!

Save $115 per credit hour (a 22% reduction) on the cost of a master's or specialist degree as well as endorsements from the Graduate Studies in Education. Contact us at 501-279-4315 or  graded@harding.edu.

Welcome to Harding University Graduate Studies in Education

Whether you want to specialize in a particular content area, further your pedagogical skills for the classroom, pursue a leadership role or change careers and become a teacher, we offer a variety of degrees and endorsement programs to suit your educational needs. For information about each specific program, please feel free to browse the degree program pages, as well as the endorsements in the drop-down sections below. In addition to the classes at our Searcy campus, we also offer classes in Northwest Arkansas and Memphis.

Degree Programs

Endorsements

Principal Endorsement

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

What is the delivery method?

The principal endorsement is offered in a hybrid format - a combination of face-to-face and online instruction.

How many hours are required?

Varies. The endorsement will be developed based on a 25-hour curriculum plan. Each individual endorsement will vary based on previous graduate coursework.  

How do I apply?

APPLY NOW

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the principal endorsement please contact:

Educational Leadership Office
Office: 501-279-4117
Program Advisor: 501-279-5785
Fax: 501-279-4435
edleadership@harding.edu

Curriculum and Instruction Administration Endorsement

Our Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction Administration prepares you to become a highly qualified curriculum and instruction administrator. If you already have a master's degree, an endorsement can be specifically designed for you. Completion of either the degree or the endorsement, along with the successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and three years of teaching experience, will qualify you for standard Curriculum and Instruction Administration licensure at the P-12 level in Arkansas.

What is the delivery method?

The Curriculum and Instruction Administration endorsement is offered in a hybrid format - a combination of face-to-face and online instruction.

How many hours are required?

The Curriculum and Instruction Administration endorsement will vary for each individual based upon previous graduate coursework. Before beginning the endorsement program, each individual's graduate transcripts will be reviewed and a personalized curriculum plan will be prepared. At a minimum, this curriculum plan will be followed.

How do I apply?

APPLY NOW

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Curriculum and Instruction Administration endorsement please contact:

Educational Leadership Office
Office: 501-279-4117
Program Advisor: 501-279-5785
Fax: 501-279-4435
edleadership@harding.edu

Special Education Administration Endorsement

Our Master of Education in Special Education Administration prepares you to become a highly qualified in Special Education administration. If you already have a master's degree, an endorsement can be specifically designed for you. Completion of either the degree or the endorsement, along with the successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and three years of teaching experience, will qualify you for standard Special Education Administration licensure at the P-12 level in Arkansas.

What is the delivery method?

The Special Education Administration endorsement is offered in a hybrid format - a combination of face-face and online instruction.

How many hours are required?

The Special Education Administration endorsement will vary for each individual based upon previous graduate coursework. Before beginning the endorsement program, each individual's graduate transcripts will be reviewed and a personalized curriculum plan will be prepared. At a minimum, this curriculum plan will be followed.

How do I apply?

APPLY NOW

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Special Education Administration endorsement please contact:

Educational Leadership Office
Office: 501-279-4117
Program Advisor: 501-279-5785
Fax: 501-279-4435
edleadership@harding.edu

Superintendent Endorsement

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

What is the delivery method?

The Superintendent endorsement is offered in a hybrid format - a combiniation of face-to-face and online instruction.

How many hours are required?

The Superintendent endorsement requires 24 hours. These hours are outlined in the Superintendent Licensure Endorsement curriculum plan.

How do I apply?

APPLY NOW

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Superintendent Licensure program of study, please contact:

Educational Leadership Office
Office: 501-279-4117
Program Advisor: 501-279-5785
Fax: 501-279-4435
edleadership@harding.edu

Dyslexia 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 endorsement is offered fully online.

How many hours are required?

The Dyslexia endorsement requires 15 hours. These hours are outlined in the Dyslexia curriculum plan.

How do I apply?

Beginning Summer 2020, the College of Education will be using the GradCAS common application. Please submit requirements through GradCAS.

APPLY NOW

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Dyslexia endorsement please contact:

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

Dyslexia Endorsement (Special Education Program)

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

How do I apply (Beginning Summer 2020)

Beginning Summer 2020, the College of Education will be using the GradCAS common application. Please submit requirements through GradCAS.

APPLY NOW 

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Dyslexia endorsement please contact:

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

Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated B-K Endorsement

If you are a licensed teacher with a current, standard Arkansas Educator License in Early Childhood P-4, Elementary Education K-6 or 1-6, P-4 Special Education (Special Education Instructional Specialist), or Special Education K-12 (other licensure areas may be acceptable with additional coursework) seeking a birth through kindergarten endorsement, the Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated B-K endorsement program is for you!

What is the delivery method?

All course work is offered online for this endorsement. 

How many hours are required?

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

How do I apply?

Beginning Summer 2020, the College of Education will be using the GradCAS common application. Please submit requirements through GradCAS.

APPLY NOW 

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Early Childhood/Special Ed Integrated B-K Endorsement, please contact:

Dr. Carol Douglass, 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.

How do I apply?

Beginning Summer 2020, the College of Education will be using the GradCAS common application. Please submit requirements through GradCAS.

APPLY NOW 

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the GT Endorsement please contact:

Dr. Amy Adair, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented
Associate Professor
aadair@harding.edu

Reading Endorsement

Harding's Reading Endorsement is designed to provide you, as a classroom practitioner or literacy supervisor, with rigorous, intensive training and advanced knowledge. The reading endorsement content consists of 24 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 reside in the science reading approach to teaching 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 whose standards drive the course content of the program include the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

What is the delivery method?

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

How many hours are required?

The Reading Endorsement requires 24 hours. These hours are outlined in the Reading Endorsement curriculum plan.

How do I apply?

Beginning Summer 2020, the College of Education will be using the GradCAS common application. Please submit requirements through GradCAS.

APPLY NOW

Who do I contact for more info?

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

Special Education K-6 and 7-12 Resource Endorsement

If you are a licensed teacher holding a standard K-6 or 4-8 license or a standard 7-12 license in a content area of English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science seeking a Resource K-6 or 7-12 licensure, the Special Education K-6 and 7-12 Resource program is for you! This endorsement will prepare you to teach students with exceptionalities in the K-6 or 7-12 population.

What is the delivery method?

All course work is offered online for this endorsement.

How many hours are required?

The Special Education K-6 and 7-12 Resource Endorsement requires 12 hours. These hours are outlined on the Special Education K-6 and 7-12 Resource Licensure Endorsement curriculum plan.

How do I apply?

Beginning Summer 2020, the College of Education will be using the GradCAS common application. Please submit requirements through GradCAS.

APPLY NOW 

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the SPED K-6 and 7-12 Resource Endorsement, please contact:

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

Special Education K-12 Endorsement

Schools are needing teachers who are highly qualified to help all students learn. If you have a teacher’s license and are interested in working with students who learn differently, but do not have a Special Education K-12 endorsement, the Special Education K-12 Endorsement is for you! This endorsement, approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, can also be applied to a Master of Education in Special Education K-12.

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.


How do I apply (Beginning Summer 2020)

Beginning Summer 2020, the College of Education will be using the GradCAS common application. Please submit requirements through GradCAS.

APPLY NOW 

Who do I contact for more info?

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

Dr. Carol Douglass, Professor and 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.
 
How do I apply (Beginning Summer 2020)

Beginning Summer 2020, the College of Education will be using the GradCAS common application. Please submit requirements through GradCAS.

APPLY NOW 

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

Special Education Resource Teacher Academy Grant

SPED Resource Teacher Academy Grant and Application Information

VISIT THE SPED RTA GRANT WEB PAGE

Harding University’s Cannon-Clary College of Education has been fully approved by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer a Special Education Resource Teacher Academy grant to you free of chargeThis grant will cover the cost of tuition, books, fees and the Praxis assessment registration to the recipients.

IIf you are a currently licensed Arkansas teacher in P-4, K-6, or 1-6; or, if you are licensed in 4-8 or 7-12 English Language Arts (ELA); or, if you are licensed in 4-8 or 7-12 Mathematics seeking an opportunity to teach the content area in which you are licensed to students with exceptionalities in an inclusive and/or resource setting, this grant-funded free Special Education Resource endorsement is for you!

What is the delivery method?

All course work is offered online for this grant endorsement.

How many hours are required?

The Special Education K-6 and 7-12 Resource Endorsement requires 12 hours. These hours are outlined on the Special Education Resource Teacher Academy cohort schedule.


Requirements for Admission:

  • Signed application
  • One letter of reference
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.35 (or 2.75 on last 60 hours)
  • Documentation of Educator’s License
  • Official transcripts showing all college work – undergraduate and graduate

To add Special Education Resource Endorsement to license, you must provide documentation of
Science of Reading (SOR) Phase 1 Prescribed Pathway for Awareness Credential listed
here (https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/learning-services/rise-arkansas/prescribed-pathway-credentials).

How do I apply?

HARDING UNIVERSITY
GRADUATE STUDIES IN EDUCATION

Box 12261
Searcy, AR  72149

  • If you have any questions, please call 501-279-4315.

LEARN MORE at harding.edu/spedrtagrant

Course Schedule

Flyer (downloadable pdf)

FULLY ONLINE COHORT MODEL
(including synchronous and asynchronous class sessions)

2021 - 2022 SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCE TEACHER ACADEMY

SPED 6060 - Practices and Procedures for Students with Exceptionalities/ Academy101-Resource Teacher Academy
Summer I Session June 7 - July 2
Synchronous meeting times & dates – 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28

Praxis Prep & Support dates
(intentional dates are selected in each of the 2 summer sessions
and 1 each in the fall and spring sessions)
Synchronous meeting times & dates – 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
June 26, July 31, December 4, April 30

SPED 6210 - SPED Survey Course
Summer II Session July 6 - 30

SPED 6260 – Foundations in Special Education K-12
Fall 2021: August 23 - December 18

SPED 6220 – Assessment of the Learner with Exceptionalities
Spring 2022: January 10 - May 7


HARDING UNIVERSITY
GRADUATE STUDIES IN EDUCATION
Box 12261
Searcy, AR  72149
Email: graded@harding.edu
Phone: 501-279-4315

Not seeking a degree or endorsement

National Board Certification

WHAT IS HARDING'S NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?

The ONLINE National Board Certification Program at Harding University is designed as a Candidate Support System to help you navigate the sometimes daunting and overwhelming world of National Board Certification. The National Board Certification graduate courses are a series of two courses that allow you to explore your path to inspired teaching and learning focused on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) assessment ... (read more

Learn more

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Not Seeking a Degree (NSD) Application

Not Seeking a Degree (NSD)

If you are seeking additional graduate coursework and 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. 

For additional information about these options, you may want to consult the Catalog.

First select the desired Academic Catalog year, then select the Cannon-Clary College of Education from the Directory. The Graduate Program Information will be found half way down the page under Cannon-Clary College of Education Graduate.

APPLY NOW 

Beginning Summer 2020, the Harding University College Education will use GradCAS - a common application.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
  • Request official transcripts (required) from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS.
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center 
      PO Box 9217 
      Watertown, MA 02471
    • To expedite a review of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts.
    • Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
  • Upload a copy of your current educator license or request official results from one of the following tests: Praxis Subject content, Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have them sent to Harding University.
  • Upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) record.
  • Upload a resume.

GPA REQUIREMENTS

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or 2.75 on the last 60 hours 
  • Cumulative GPA for provisional admittance: 2.35 (must maintain a 3.0 on the first 12 hours of coursework)

GradCAS Application related questions: 
Phone: 857-304-2086 
Email: gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com 

Program related questions: 
Harding University
Department of Graduate Studies in Education
Phone: 501-279-4315 
Fax: 501-279-4083 
Email: graded@harding.edu 

Special Student Application

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.

How do I apply?

  • Complete and submit the attached application to graded@harding.edu or to Box 12261, Searcy, AR 72149.

(No transcript is required for the first 1-6 hours taken in the *first semester* but may be requested to register for the second semester.)

APPLY NOW 


Course Schedules

Course schedules for Memphis, Northwest Arkansas, Searcy, and other course locations are provided below.

Getting Started

Student Handbook & Academic Catalog

Graduate/Professional Student Handbook pdf

Academic Catalog

How do I activate my Harding account and view my Courses and Student Records?

Activate Your Account:  All students must activate their Harding student account before beginning classes.  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. 

To do so, go to pipeline.harding.edu and click on the Student Access tab on the right side of the page.  Click Activate my Account.  This will open a new page that asks you to fill in your personal information.  Please note: If you have a SSN, leave the "PIN" spot blank.  Once all information has been filled in, click on the Activate My Account button.  If  the account activation was successful you should see your user name displayed in red.  If you receive an error message while trying to activate your Pipeline account, please ensure that you are typing your birthday in the correct format:  mm/dd/yyyy.  If the problem persists please call DormNet at 501-279-4545. 

View Your Courses:  To view, add, and drop classes, and use the Schedule Planner log into pipeline.harding.edu and click the blue Student bar. Scroll about half way down and click on the sub-section called My Classes.

View Your Student Records:  To check your grades, submit academic appeals, and view and pay your bill log into pipeline.harding.edu and click on the blue Student bar.  Scroll toward the bottom and click on the sub-section Student Records.

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 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 (800) 477-4351.

Contact Us

Graduate Studies in Education is part of the College of Education

501-279-4315

graded@harding.edu

Fax: 501-279-4083

Mailing address:
Harding University
Graduate Studies in Education
Box 12261
Searcy, AR 72149-5615