Vision — Preparing competent, ethical leaders for tomorrow’s challenges
Welcome to the Department of Leadership Studies, a diverse department that is the home to all graduate programs in the College of Education that are not classroom based. We have seven degree programs, and eight certificate programs. The foundational premise of our programs is that the study of leadership informs the practice of leadership. Furthermore, we believe that leadership can be exercised anywhere within an organizational structure, and that one characteristic of administrative leadership is the ability identify, develop, and utilize the talents of employees.
The effective practice of leadership, an end goal for most candidates, requires decision-making skills that are grounded in ethical practices and philosophical beliefs, utilizes multiple sources of data, and refines self and the organization through collaboration, reflection, continued study, and introspection. Our individual programs are designed to prepare you to accept the challenges of becoming a leader.
Two degree programs, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies and the Master of Science (MS) in College Student Personnel Services and Administration are campus-based programs. The PhD program is designed for experienced professionals seeking middle to executive leadership positions in education, governmental agencies, and non-profits. A priority of the program is to prepare individuals to become change agents as scholars and leaders. The CSPA program provides preparation for those seeking entry level positions in student services in post-secondary institutions. The program is interdisciplinary, and provides an opportunity for a study-abroad experience.
Five degree programs are delivered online. Please access the link “Online Learning: Helpful Hints” for an explanation of the department’s philosophy of online learning, and for suggestions that will enhance your learning experience. You can view the on-campus requirements for an individual program by clicking on the link to this program.
The Educational Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership provides options for students to accomplish at least one of the following: earn a district level administrator license, earn a building or curriculum/program administrator license, pursue advanced study in K-12 education without seeking an administrator license, or seek advanced study in higher education administration/student services.
The four Master of Science degree programs provide for career advancement and/or licenses required by the Arkansas Department of Education. The Instructional Technology (ITEC) program is designed for individuals who desire a technology leadership position within their professional arenas (i.e., education, business, non-profit organizations). Library Media and Information Technologies (LIBM) program is a degree and licensure program designed for individuals that desire a school library media position in K-12 schools. Candidates are required to hold a valid teaching license. The LIBM program is nationally accredited by AASL (American Association of School Librarians). The School Counseling (SCCN) program is a K-12 licensure program with an add-on track for licensed teachers and an initial licensure track for individuals that do not hold a teaching license. The School Leadership, Management and Administration (SLMA) program is a K-12 licensure program for building administration as well as curriculum/program administration. Candidates are required to hold a valid teaching license. The program is accredited by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.
On behalf of the department, I encourage you to learn about our programs and contact us if you need additional information. We invite you to accept the challenge and opportunity of preparing for a leadership role in your area of interest.
Terry L. James, Ed.D., Chair
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