Cannon-Clary College of Education

Master of Education in Educational Leadership


If you are interested in serving as a principal or assistant principal, then this program is for you. The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership will give you full building-level licensure from the State of Arkansas as a P-12 administrator upon successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and three years as a classroom teacher, counselor, or library media specialist.

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Admission Requirements & Part B Checklist

Application (Part A)

  • Apply: Fill out the application form which can be submitted online, or print the pdf which can be faxed (501-279-4435) or emailed (

Checklist of Requirements (Part B)

Graduation Requirements

1. Complete the 33-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 33 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 interested in the Building Level (Principal's) 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 Meredith Susanne Floyd Scholarship is awarded to Harding University candidates in Graduate Education specifically in the area of Educational Leadership in Building Administration or Curriculum and Instruction. The $1,500 scholarship will be awarded each semester to one candidate seeking an administrative license. Contact the Educational Leadership office at for an application and further information.

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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American Studies, Suite 100

Dr. Kimberly Flowers
Director of Educational Leadership


Fax: 501-279-4435

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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