SLMA Post Master’s Certificate (PMC)



What is a PMC?

The Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) Program is an abbreviated program of study for students who have completed a master degree and are seeking a license.  For example, if you have a masters degree in school leadership, you can enroll in the 21 credit PMC to complete the coursework for a district level license.

PMCs at UCA – The Department of Leadership Studies offers a performance-based, 12-24 credit hour program for building, district, and curriculum/program administrators. The program utilizes a variety of future ready technologies, authentic assessments, and personalized internships.

The PMC program is a fully online program and uses a combination of online synchronous and asynchronous instruction (a virtual classroom). Candidates enjoy direct and individualized contact with their professors in small class settings.

While we welcome any out of state candidates, completion of any program, other than an initial licensure program, may not lead to licensure or endorsement in Arkansas or in the state in which you reside. It is your responsibility to check with your state’s department of education to determine if the license or endorsement requirements are met through the program of study. If you are a potential out of state candidate, please contact the program coordinator directly. Contact your state’s department of education for specific licensing requirements for your state.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Nathan White.

Program Coordinator:Dr. Matthew WhiteProgram Faculty:
Phone: 501.450.5206Dr. Charlotte
Location:Mashburn 230F

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Information for Prospective Students

The PMC program is built upon the knowledge that successful organizations demand highly trained individuals to serve as educational leaders.

Credits and Transfer:

The Post Master’s Certificate programs comprise 12 – 24 semester hours of graduate credit. The program consists of 9 – 12 hours of prerequisites (depending on program) and 9-12 core courses.  Students can transfer up to 6 hours from other institutions beyond the prerequisites.

Licensing Exam:

Students are required to pass the appropriate School Leadership Series, PRAXIS exam.  The percentage of graduates successfully completing the examination on the first attempt is among the highest in the state.

Program Acceptance:

To be accepted into the Post Master’s Certificate program the student must:

  • Meet the general admission requirements of the university.
  • Provide the graduate school with copies of transcripts of all previous academic work.
  • Submit a valid standard educator license OR a two-page, double-spaced letter of intent that includes reasons for applying to this program, future goals, and three professional references.

Additional Information:

  • The PMC program may be completed within 2-3 semesters.
  • All (100%) of courses are offered online! 
  • All PMC courses have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education as professional development hours.  
  • The PMC reflects the College of Education’s historic mission and commitment to preparing leaders for P-12 schools.

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Information for Current Students

Advising – SMLA students should be advised every semester prior to registration. As a general rule, it is a good idea for students to contact their advisor 2-3 weeks prior to registration. For registration information, monitor the Office of the Registrar for the Advanced Registration Schedule. The Schedule of Classes is usually updated 2-3 weeks prior to advanced registration.

DegreeWorks – Review DegreeWorks quarterly. This ensures the student stays on track to graduate.

Program of Study – This form may be used to assist the candidate in planning their course of study. (Graduate Bulletin)

Student Resources – The Leadership Studies website provides various student resources such as information on the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Graduate School, Torreyson Library, Technology Requirements for Distance.