Cannon-Clary College of Education

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    SPED Resource Teacher Academy Grant

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023-24 School Year

Harding University’s Cannon-Clary College of Education has been fully approved by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer Special Education Resource Teacher Academy grants free of charge! This grant will cover the cost of tuition, books, fees and one Praxis assessment #5354 registration for recipients.

Features of the program:

  • Twelve-hour endorsement
  • 100% online cohort model
  • Synchronous and asynchronous graduate-level courses

This grant-funded, free Special Education Resource Endorsement is for you if:

  • you currently have a standard Arkansas teaching license and are currently teaching one of the following in an Arkansas public school
    • K-6
    • 4-8 or 7-12 English Language Arts (ELA)
    • 4-8 or 7-12 Mathematics
    • 4-8 Science
    • 7-12 Biology
    • 7-12 Chemistry
    • 7-12 Physics
  • you are seeking an opportunity to teach your licensed content area to students with exceptionalities in an inclusive and/or resource setting

To add a Special Education Resource Endorsement to your license, you must provide documentation of Science of Reading (SOR) Phase 1 Prescribed Pathway for Awareness Credential. For more information visit the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education webpage.

For questions about Harding's SPED RTA Grant call 501-279-5256 or email

Admission Requirements


For SPED RTA Grant questions call 501-279-5256 or email

Course Schedule

This program uses a fully-online cohort model and includes synchronous and asynchronous graduate-level courses. Download a pdf schedule for your convenience.

SPED 6060 - Practices and Procedures for Students with Exceptionalities/
Academy 101 - Resource Teacher Academy
Summer I Session: June 5 - 30
Synchronous Meeting: Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. - noon
SPED 6210 - Characteristics of Students with Exceptionalities
Summer II Session: July 3 - 28
Synchronous Meeting: Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. - noon 
SPED 6260 - Foundations in Special Education K-12
Fall Semester: August 21 - December 15 
Synchronous Meeting: Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. - noon
SPED 6220 - Assessment of the Learner with Exceptionalities
Spring Semester: January 8 - May 3
Synchronous Meeting: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. - noon

Synchronous Praxis Prep & Support
(Intentional dates have been selected in each of the two summer sessions as well as in the fall and spring semesters to prepare for the Praxis test.) Each meeting is 10 a.m. to noon.
Meeting Dates: June 24, July 29, December 2, April 27

More Information

If you are interested in degree programs that can include this endorsement or in any of our other programs, please contact:

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


Phone: 501-279-4315

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Fax: 501-279-4083

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