School Leadership, Management, and Administration

This page is currently under revision. Please contact the program coordinator or see the Program of Study linked under “Programs” for the most up to date information.

Information for Prospective Students

Program Contact: Dr. Shelly Albritton
Phone:  (501) 450-5206

Begin your journey today in a distinguished leadership program where distinguished school leaders belong!

What our SLMA Graduates are doing and saying…

Brenda Tash graduated from UCA in 2005 and currently is Assistant Superintendent at Westside Consolidated School District in Jonesboro, AR. While serving as a Principal  in Russellville, Arkansas. She recently received Arkansas Leadership Academy’s highest honor: Master Principal Designation. There are a total of 22 Master Principal Designees in Arkansas. Ms. Tash is one of four UCA alumni that have achieved this honor. We are extremely proud of her and the other Master Principals who have earned this title! Here is what she wishes to share with all potential candidates:

My learning experiences at UCA prepared me well as I moved into building administration and began a journey with the Arkansas Leadership Academy. My education and the professional development activities the leadership academy offered gave me the tools to successfully implement change while maintaining a positive school culture. Together we are moving from “Learners to Leaders”.

General Program Information

The Master of Science degree in School Leadership, Management, and Administration (SLMA) reflects the College of Education’s historic mission and commitment to preparing leaders for P-12 schools. The Department of Leadership Studies offers a performance-based, 34 credit hour degree program for building and curriculum/program administrators. Programs of study are available for people holding appropriate master’s degrees. The program utilizes a variety of 21st century technologies, authentic assessments, and personalized internships.

The SLMA program uses a hybrid delivery system with a combination of Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate (a VoIP virtual classroom),  and/or face-to-face class meetings. Candidates enjoy direct and individualized contact with their professors in small class settings. SLMA enjoys an average class size ratio of 15:1.

SLMA is a CAEP accredited program. Each of the leadership courses is built upon the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards for School Leaders. Students are required to pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) to receive the degree and/or license. One of the many services we extend to our students is a test prep day prior to taking the SLLA. The percentage of graduates successfully completing the examination on the first attempt is among the highest in the state.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) will be waived for individuals holding a valid teaching certificate.

On-campus requirements for the SLMA program can be found on the Program of Study linked here.


Master of Science in School Leadership, Management, and Administration – Building Administration Licensure

Complete Coursework:  Six Semesters

Credit Hours:  34

Tuition: $240.00 per credit hour for online courses

Course work and a Sample Plan of Study

  • 1st Term – All candidates (building, curriculum, & program administrator candidates seeking the degree)
    • SLMA 6310 Foundations of School Leadership
    • LEAD 6321 Research Methods
  • 2nd Term – All candidates
    • SLMA 6312 School-Based Organizational Leadership
    • SLMA 6320 School Law
  • 3rd Term – All candidates
    • SLMA 6330 Curriculum and Program Leadership for Schools
    • SLMA 6112 Leadership for Social Justice
  • 4th Term – All candidates
    • SLMA 6340 Instructional Leadership in Schools
    • SLMA 6210 Assessment and Data Analysis for School Improvement
    • Appropriate Internship (1 credit hour)
  • 5th Term – All candidates
    • SLMA 6360 Collaborative School Leadership
    • Appropriate Internship (2 credit hours)
  • 6th Term
    • Building Administrator
      • SLMA 6350 Principal as Manager
      • ITEC course (3 credit hours)
    • Curriculum/Program Administrator
      • Appropriate Specialization Course(s) (up to 6 credit hours)
    • All candidates
      • Appropriate Portfolio Course

Post-Master’s Certificates for adding a license is also available – Click on the link below to access information in the Graduate Bulletin (Graduate Bulletin – SLMA)

Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Adult Education Program Administration

Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Building Administration

Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Curriculum Administration

Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Gifted and Talented Program Administration

Gainful Employment Information – Post-Master’s Certificate in School-Based Leadership: Special Education Program Administration

Click the following links for more information:

Graduate School admission process:  Graduate School

SLMA Program Application:  SLMA Program Application.

SLMA program description in the graduate bulletin:  Master of Science Program (MS) in School Leadership, Management, and Administration

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