School Leadership, Management, and Administration

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!

The School Leadership, Management, and Administration program has been ranked #20 on the list of the top online master’s in educational administration.

The team at strives to connect prospective students with the best online degree programs available. This year, they reviewed all accredited online master’s in education administration programs in the U.S. to select 20 that excel in teaching fundamental management and supervisory skills to aspiring education administrators. UCA’s program stood out with an outstanding online school leadership, management, and administration program.

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. 

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 virtual classroom), and/or face-to-face class meetings. Candidates enjoy direct and individualized contact with their professors in small class settings.

SLMA is a CAEP accredited program. Students are required to pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) for licensure. One of the many services we extend to our students is a test prep session each semester. 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


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 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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