Cannon-Clary College of Education

Master of Education

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Expand your role as an educator with a leadership degree or endorsement through one of Harding's K-12 administration programs: curriculum & instruction administrator, principal, or special education administrator and with successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and three years of educator experience. Let Harding University assist you in taking the next step in your career!*

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


  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction Administration or endorsement
  • 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.


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.

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.

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.

Curriculum Plan

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program consists of 30 hours, including four hours of internship. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.

M.Ed. Educational Leadership Curriculum Plan

Please note: This program requires you to have a valid teaching license and a minimum of one year of 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 iinterested in the Principal Licensure program of study. See our Endorsements for more information.

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.


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

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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