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    SPED Resource Teacher Academy Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024-25 Cohort

Harding University’s Cannon-Clary College of Education is approved by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer Special Education Resource Teacher Academy grants free of charge for the 2024-25 cohort, beginning June 2024! For grant recipients, this grant will cover the cost of tuition, books, and one registration fee for the required SPED Praxis assessment.

Features of the program:

  • Twelve hours of graduate-level endorsement coursework
  • 100% online asynchronous course cohort model
  • Synchronous online Praxis preparation workshops three times throughout the grant year

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

  • you currently have a standard Arkansas teaching license or a provisional license with an ALP in Special Education Resource
  • you are licensed in one of the following areas and levels and are currently teaching in the licensure area in an Arkansas public or charter school
    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 (K-6 or 7-12) 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.

For questions about Harding's SPED RTA Grant call 501-279-5256 or email spedrta@harding.edu.

Admission Requirements


In order to be admitted to the grant, please follow all steps below:

  • Submit a completed, signed Supplemental Information Form pdf to spedrta@harding.edu
  • Submit an online application.
    • Create a login and password.
    • Select "2024 Entry Year" and "2024 Masters/Doctoral" to begin.
    • On the personal information page, select "Education" as the College of Study.
    • The Degree/Endorsement Type will be "Grant."
    • Select "Special Education Resource Teachers' Academy" as the Intended Program.
    • Fill out the online application completely.
  • Request one letter of recommendation via the online application system.
  • Upload a copy of your Arkansas Educator's License to the online application.
  • Request official bachelor's and/or master's transcript(s) be sent to admissions@harding.edu.

Note that for unconditional admission, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (or a 3.0 on the last sixty hours or an earned master's degree). Provisional admission can be granted to those with a GPA of 2.35 (or 2.75 on the last sixty hours).

For SPED RTA Grant questions email spedrta@harding.edu or call 501-279-5256.

Course Schedule

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

SPED 6060 - Practices and Procedures for Students with Exceptionalities/
Academy 101 - Resource Teacher Academy
Summer I Session: June 3 - 28, 2024
SPED 6210 - Characteristics of Students with Exceptionalities
Summer II Session: July 1 - 26, 2024
Synchronous Meeting: Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. - noon 
SPED 6260 - Foundations in Special Education K-12
Fall Semester: August 19 - December 13, 2024 
Synchronous Meeting: Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. - noon
SPED 6220 - Assessment of the Learner with Exceptionalities
Spring Semester: January 13 - May 9, 2025
Synchronous Meeting: Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. - noon

Synchronous Praxis Prep & Support
Intentional dates have been selected to prepare for the Praxis test. Each meeting is 10 a.m. to noon.
Meeting Dates: July 27, December 7, March 8

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

Email: graded@harding.edu

Phone: 501-279-4315

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Harding University
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Searcy, AR 72149-5615