Cannon-Clary College of Education
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    Master of Education

    Take the next step! Make a difference in the lives of teachers and students.

Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year has been reduced more than 22%!

Expand your role as an educator

Prepare for next steps with a leadership degree or an endorsement through one of Harding's K-12 administration programs, along with successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and three years of educator experience. Let Harding University assist you in advancing your career!*

*These programs are for those who have or will seek Arkansas licensure.


  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction Administration
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership (Principal)
  • Master of Education in Special Education Administration


  • Curriculum & Instruction Administration Endorsement 
  • Principal Endorsement
  • Special Education Administration Endorsement

**Note: Endorsements require a previous master’s degree. See the Endorsements Section for more information.

Admission 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.
  • Request two professional or academic letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the following:
    • 1) Your potential for success in the selected graduate program 
    • 2) Your professional and academic background
  • Request one letter of recommendation from the principal be sent through the CAS recommender portal. The letter must be on official school letterhead with a signature or an email with the school district designation in the email signature and specifically address the three areas below:
    • Principal’s support for applicant’s participation in the program 
    • Statement that the applicant is performing at a level of an effective educator
    • Statement or a list of examples of the applicant’s leadership abilities 
  • Upload a copy of your current educator license.
  • Upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) record.
  • Upload a resume.
  • Upload documentation of at least one year of teaching experience (ex. copy of your signed teaching contract, a letter on official letterhead with a signature of your principal or Human Resource Office, etc.). 
    Note: To be eligible for licensure upon completion of the program, applicants must have three years of actual teaching experience.
  • If your GPA is less than 3.0 on academic work from a previous degree, an official GRE score should be sent to Harding University. 


  • If your GPA is less than 3.0 on academic work from a previous degree, an official GRE score should be sent to Harding University.
  • Provisional admittance for GPAs between 2.5 and 2.99 will be considered.


  • An admission/advising interview will be conducted with the program director via phone, Zoom conferencing or face-to-face.
  • Provide documentation of Science of Reading Phase 1 Prescribed Pathway for Awareness Credential listed here. Those who have not completed this credential at admission must provide this documentation prior to completing their program of study at Harding University. 

For GradCAS Application related questions:
Phone: 857-304-2086 

For program related questions:
Harding University 
Office of Educational Leadership 
Phone: 501-279-4117
Fax: 501-279-4435

Graduation Requirements

1. Complete the 30-hour program of study, which includes four hours of internship.

2. Compile and present a professional portfolio over Arkansas and national accreditation standards. Upon completion of your portfolio defense, you will be required to take an Exit Survey.

3. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all graduate work with no grade lower than C (only six semester hours of C credit allowed).

4. Complete the Petition for Graduation pdf the semester before you expect to graduate.

5. Complete the Online Graduation Application.

NOTE: You must complete all requirements within six years of admission to the graduate program.

Academic Catalog and Course Schedule

For current course schedules, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate Programs home page.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog.

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Or contact us directly:

Educational Leadership Office

American Studies, Suite 100


Fax: 501-279-4435

Contact Us

Graduate Studies in Education is part of the College of Education


Fax: 501-279-4083

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