Gifted and Talented – Masters Degree Options

Both options can be completed entirely online.

 

Masters of Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (30 Graduate Semester Hours)

The Masters of Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (ASTL) is a 30 graduate hour program of study leading to eligibility to add P-12 gifted and talented education licensure to existing Arkansas teacher license. The program can be completed entirely online and requires the completion of the 15 hour GT Graduate Certificate/Licensure option plus the following courses:

ASTL 6302 Models of Teaching

ASTL 6303 Teacher Leadership

ASTL 6305 Classroom Assessment

ASTL 6315 Investigation of Learning & Development

ASTL 6380 Research Methods

Important Note: Candidates must pass the state-designated Praxis examination(s) to add the gifted and talented license to existing Arkansas teaching licenses. Out-of-state students should check with their state-issuing teacher licensure agency to determine licensure eligibility and state-specific reciprocity rules and regulations.

Program Contact:
Dr. Jeff Whittingham
jeffw@uca.edu
501-450-5445

 

Masters in Special Education: Two license option (30/39 Graduate Semester Hours)

Students pursuing the M.S.E. in Special Education option will complete 30 hours of graduate work. Graduate candidates pursuing the M.S.E. in Special Education who wish to continue in the Gifted and Talented Certificate Program may substitute 6 hours of ECSE coursework for 6 hours of gifted and talented course work (from the gifted and talented graduate certificate program); the two ECSE courses that can be substituted are ECSE 63XX Research and Best Practices in Special Education and ECSE 63XX Solution-Focused Learning. Following the completion of the 30 hour M.S.E. program, candidates will be eligible for the Arkansas K-12 Special Education add-on license. Students desiring both the M.S.E. in Special Education and the graduate certificate program in GT will complete a total of 39 graduate credit hours. Please note that the additional 9 hours are above and beyond the M.S.E. program completion requirement, but are necessary to add the GT license. At the completion of the additional 9 hours of gifted and talented coursework and successfully passing the state-designated Praxis examination, candidates will be eligible to add the Gifted and Talented License to existing Arkansas license.

M.S.E. in Special Education Coursework (including 6 hrs. of GT coursework)
  • ECSE 6300 Philosophical, Historical & Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • ECSE 6304 Behavior Management and Analysis in Special Education
  • ECSE 6308 Educational Assessment in Special Education
  • ECSE 6366 Educational Programming for Students with Mild Disabilities K-12
  • ECSE 6367 Educational Programming for Students with Significant Disabilities K-12
  • ECSE 6314 Diagnosis and Intervention of Reading Difficulties
  • ECSE 63XX Math and Science for Diverse Learners
  • ASTL 6380 Research Methods
  • 3 hrs. GT Coursework (GATE 6353, 6355, 6357, OR 6358)
  • 3 hrs. GT Coursework (GATE 6353, 6355, 6357, OR 6358)
*Complete the additional 9 semester hours from the Graduate Certificate in GT coursework  including GATE 6391 to be eligible to add the Gifted and Talented License to existing Arkansas license.

Important Note: Candidates must pass the state-designated Praxis examination(s) to add the gifted and talented and/or special education licenses to existing Arkansas teaching licenses. Out-of-state students should check with their state-issuing teacher licensure agency to determine licensure eligibility and state-specific reciprocity rules and regulations.

Program Contact:
Dr. Kathleen Atkins
katkins@uca.edu
501-450-5441