Cannon-Clary College of Education

Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

What is the Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning?

The Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) offers advanced study in assessment, use of technology and research. All classes are aligned with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and will provide support for you to develop necessary skills for pursuing National Board certification. If you want to become a teacher who practices reflection through research, problem-based learning and self-inquiry, the ASTL program is for you.

What courses are required?

The M.Ed. in ASTL consists of 35 hours. Those who have taken the 6 hours of National Board candidate support classes may use those hours towards this degree.

M.Ed. ASTL Curriculum Plan pdf

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

Please note: This program requires you to have a valid teaching license and one (1) year of teaching or education-related experience. It also requires you to take comprehensive exams before graduation.

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

What are the admission requirements?

1. Complete application pdf with application fee.

2. You must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher or 2.75 on the last 60 hours. Official transcript(s) must be submitted.

3. You must hold and present a valid teaching license at the time of application or must have completed all Praxis II exams for licensure.

3. You must have one or more years of teaching or education-related experience. 

4. You must provide references from three individuals concerning your professional and academic performance.

What are the graduation requirements?

1. You must complete the 35-hour program of study.

2. You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all graduate work with no grade lower than C.

3. You may have a maximum of two C's.

4. You must complete a minimum of 29 hours of your graduate work with Harding University.

5. You must complete all requirements within eight years from the time of admission to the graduate program.

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

Who do I contact for more information?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Dr. Clara Carroll, NBCT, Associate Dean


Fax: 501-279-4083 or

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