School Leadership, Management, and Administration

[1] Master of Science (MS) Program in School Leadership, Management, and Administration

Offered through the Department of Leadership Studies, graduate programs in school leadership are designed for individuals seeking Arkansas licensure as building administrators, curriculum administrators/ or program administrators for adult education, special education, or gifted talented education. These programs are aligned with both state and national standards. The program is part of UCA’s Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation and is approved by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. The program is designed to prepare school-based leaders who are (1) strong educators with a focus on student’s needs and learning, (2) moral agents and social advocates for the children and communities they serve, (3) effective communicators with students, colleagues, and members of the community, (4) effective managers of change, and (5) effective integrators of technology into the educational environment.

The professional degree, Master of Science (MS), is designed to meet the needs of professional educators for preparation as building level leaders and administrators as principals, vice principals, assistant principals, or curriculum/program administrators. Candidates may choose one of the two tracks for their master’s degree work: Building Administrator or Curriculum/Program Administrator. Both tracks require completion of a minimum of 34 hours of approved coursework, an internship, a portfolio defense, and a satisfactory score on the Arkansas Department of Education mandated examination.

[2] Post-Master’s Certificate Programs

The Department of Leadership Studies has approval from the Arkansas Department of Education to offer programs of study in the following areas for individuals with appropriate master’s degrees: building administrator and curriculum/program administrator for adult education, special education, or gifted talented education. These programs of study vary in length based upon individual applicant backgrounds. All programs require an internship and portfolio defense. Contact the Department of Leadership Studies for details.

[3] Arkansas License for Building-Level Administrators

The state of Arkansas offers the following Building-Level Administrator’s licenses: Building Administrator (principal/assistant principal/vice principal) and Curriculum/Program Administrator licenses. Significant internship experiences must be completed at P–12 levels. Regardless of the type of license being sought, all candidates must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) to be recommended by UCA for a Building-Level Administrator’s license. Curriculum/Program Administrators must hold a valid teaching license in the area of administrator license being sought. Candidates must provide documentation of at least four years of teaching experience. For UCA to recommend a candidate’s application to the Arkansas Department of Education for licensure, the candidate must present to the Department of Leadership Studies the appropriate license application, an SLLA score report showing at least the minimum score set by the state for licensure, and all other documentation that is required by the state.

[4] Master of Science Degree

[4.1] Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements of the Graduate School, the prospective candidate must

  1. Complete the application forms/processes for admittance to the SLMA program.
  2. Have an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.7 GPA.
  3. Provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores to the Graduate School or Praxis I or verification of a valid standard educator license to the department.
  4. Provide at least three professional references that may be contacted regarding potential for success in the program.
  5. Provide official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

[4.2] Retention Requirements

Retention is contingent upon making satisfactory academic progress toward the degree and holding a current and valid teacher’s license. Serious violations of the state ethics mandates for P-12 educators, and/or serious violations of UCA student academic conduct policies may result in suspension or dismissal from the program.

[4.3] Residence Credit and Transfer Credit

Students must complete the Graduate School requirement of at least 24 hours in residence. All requests for transfer work including courses from previous completed graduate degree/certificate programs must be submitted to the department and program coordinator. To be considered for transfer, the semester hours must have been awarded by a state and regionally accredited institution and must complement the student’s approved program of study. The number of hours transferable to the SLMA degree program is dependent upon the currency of the course work and the appropriateness of the course work to the program. Only courses in which a grade of B or above will be considered. Internship and portfolio hours are not transferable. Acceptance of transfer credit does not reduce the minimum residency requirement.

[4.4] Continuous Enrollment Requirement

College of Education graduate students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment throughout their program of study until achieving program completion. Specifically, College of Education graduate students are expected to be enrolled in at least two of the three semesters in a given calendar year (Spring, Summer I or II, and Fall). If a student must take a time-out, the student is expected to notify his/her home department. If a student fails to register for more than one semester out of three in a given calendar year, he/she may be ineligible for readmission unless granted by the home department.

[4.5] Degree Requirements

To be recommended for a degree, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete all required coursework with at least a 3.00 GPA (maximum of seven hours of “C” grades may be counted toward degree);
  2. Complete satisfactorily all student assessments required as part of the state and CAEP accreditation process;
  3. Complete satisfactorily the program’s required culminating experience.

[4.6] Courses for the MS Degree (limited flexibility allowed)

All candidates (Building, Curriculum, and Program Administrators)

SLMA 6310 Foundations of School Leadership
LEAD 6321 Research Methods
SLMA 6312 School-Based Organizational Leadership
SLMA 6320 School Law
SLMA 6330 Curriculum and Program Leadership for Schools
SLMA 6112 Leadership for Social Justice
SLMA 6340 Instructional Leadership in Schools
SLMA 6210 Assessment and Data Analysis for School Improvement
SLMA 6360 Collaborative School Leadership
Appropriate Internship (3 credit hours)
Appropriate Portfolio Course

Building Administrator

SLMA 6350 Principal as Manager
ITEC course

Curriculum/Program Administrator

Appropriate Graduate-level Specialization Course (up to 6 credit hours)

[5] Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) for Adding a License

[5.1] Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements of the Graduate School, admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate Program requires completion of an appropriate master’s program and the following:

  1. Complete the application forms/processes for admittance to the SLMA program.
  2. Have an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.7 GPA.
  3. Provide a valid and current standard educator license.
  4. Provide at least three professional references that may be contacted regarding potential for success in the program.
  5. Provide official transcripts from all previously attended institutions

[5.2] Retention Requirements

Retention is contingent upon making satisfactory academic progress toward the certificate and holding a current and valid teacher’s license. Serious violations of the state ethics mandates for P–12 educators, and/or serious violations of UCA student academic conduct policies may result in suspension or dismissal from the program.

[5.3] Transfer Credit

All requests for transfer work including courses from previous completed graduate degree/certificate programs must be submitted to the department and program coordinator. To be considered for transfer, the semester hours must have been awarded by a state and regionally accredited institution and must complement the student’s approved program of study. The number of hours transferable to the PMC program is dependent upon the currency of the course work and the appropriateness of the course work to the program. Only courses in which a grade of B or above will be considered. Internship and portfolio hours are not transferable.

[5.4] Continuous Enrollment Requirement

College of Education graduate students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment throughout their program of study until achieving program completion. Specifically, College of Education graduate students are expected to be enrolled in at least two of the three semesters in a given calendar year (Spring, Summer, and Fall). If a student must take a time-out, the student is expected to notify his/her home department. If a student fails to register for more than one semester out of three in a given calendar year, he/she may be ineligible for readmission unless granted by the home department.

[5.5] Certificate Requirements

To be recommended for the certificate, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete all required coursework with at least a 3.00 GPA (maximum of seven hours of “C” grades may be counted toward degree);
  2. Complete satisfactorily all student assessments required as part of the state and CAEP accreditation process;
  3. Complete satisfactorily the program’s required culminating experience;
  4. Present score reports on the state mandated external national examination and meet at least the minimum score set by the state for licensure, and;
  5. Present other documentation that is required by the state in order for the department to recommend you for the appropriate administrator’s license.

[5.6] Courses for the Post-Master’s Certificate

[5.6.1] Core Courses (12 hours)

The following core courses are required for all add-on licenses in addition to the specific Post-Master’s Certificate course work as listed below:

SLMA 6312 School-Based Organizational Leadership
SLMA 6320 School Law
SLMA 6340 Instructional Leadership
SLMA 6360 Collaborative School Leadership

[5.6.2] School-Based Leadership: Building Administration (10 Hours)

 → Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Building Administration: 2015-16 | 2014-15 

In addition to the required core courses, the following are courses are required:

SLMA 6330 Curriculum and Program Leadership or EDLP 7301 Program Planning & Evaluation
SLMA 6350 Principal as Manager
SLMA 6120 Internship: Elementary School, SLMA 6130 Internship: Middle School, SLMA 6140 Internship: High School (to total three hours)
SLMA 6170 Portfolio Development and Defense

[5.6.3] School-Based Leadership: Curriculum Administration (13 Hours)

 → Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Curriculum Administration: 2015-16 | 2014-15 

In addition to the required core courses, the following courses are required:

Six hours of graduate work in the field of curriculum studies approved by the advisor and department chair
SLMA 6330 Curriculum and Program Leadership or EDLP 7301 Program Planning & Evaluation
SLMA 6V62 Internship for Curriculum Administrator (to total three hours)
SLMA 6172 Portfolio Development and Defense

[5.6.4] School-Based Leadership: Special Education Administration (13 Hours)

 → Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Special Education Program Administration: 2015-16 | 2014-15 

In addition to the required core courses, the following courses are required:

Six hours of graduate work in the field of special education approved by the advisor and department chair
SLMA 6330 Curriculum and Program Leadership or EDLP 7301 Program Planning & Evaluation
SLMA 6V64 Internship for Special Education Administrator (to total three hours)
SLMA 6174 Portfolio Development and Defense

[5.6.5] School-Based Leadership: Gifted-Talented Education Administration (13 Hours)

 → Gainful Employment Information – Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Program Administration: 2015-16 | 2014-15 

In addition to the required core courses, the following courses are required:

Six hours of graduate work in the field of gifted-talented education approved by the advisor and department chair
SLMA 6330 Curriculum and Program Leadership or EDLP 7301 Program Planning and Evaluation
SLMA 6V65 Internship Gifted-Talented Administrator (to total three hours)
SLMA 6175 Portfolio Development and Defense

[5.6.6] School-Based Leadership: Adult Education Administration (16 Hours)

 → Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Adult Education Program Administration: 2015-16 | 2014-15 

In addition to the required core courses, the following are courses are required:

ASTL 5395 Introduction to Adult Education
ASTL 5396 Methods and Techniques of Adult Education
ASTL Six hours of electives chosen with the consent of the advisor and department chair
SLMA 6V66 Internship Adult Education Administrator (to total three hours)
SLMA 6176 Portfolio Development and Defense

[6] Courses in School Leadership, Management, and Administration (SLMA)

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