School Leadership, Management, and Administration

Information for Prospective Students

Program Contact: Dr. Louis Nadelson
Phone:  (501) 450-3254

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

Our 100% online program provides flexibility and access for students across the state and beyond.

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.

State Department of Education Contacts

The site below provides the contact information for the Departments of Education in each U.S. state and territory.  Contact your state’s department of education for specific licensing requirements for your state.

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, 30 credit hour degree program for building and curriculum/program administrators. The program utilizes a variety of 21st century technologies, authentic assessments, and personalized internships.

The SLMA program 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.

SLMA is a CAEP accredited program. Students are required to pass the SLS (School Leadership Series, PRAXIS exam # 6991) with a minimum score of 157 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.

The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3000.

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

Complete Coursework:  Approximately Six Semesters

Credit Hours:  30

Tuition:  Flat-rate tuition of $325.00 per credit hour regardless of residency or location. (For more information see:

Course work and a Sample Plan of Study

  • 1st Term – All candidates (building, curriculum, & program administrator candidates seeking the degree)
    • SLMA 6311 Leadership and the Community
    • LEAD 6321 Research Methods
  • 2nd Term – All candidates
    • SLMA 6313 Ethics, Law, and Leadership
    • SLMA 6315 Leadership for Education Equity
  • 3rd Term – All candidates
    • SLMA 6319 Instructional Leadership I: Cultivating Teacher Leaders
    • SLMA 6321 Instructional Leadership II: Teacher Leaders & Evidence-based Practices
  • 4th Term – All candidates
    • SLMA 6323 Instructional Leadership III: Evidence-based Student-Centered Learning
    • SLMA 6325 Visionary Leadership: Building a Culture of Trust and High Expectations
      Appropriate Internship (3 credit hours) see below
  • 5th Term – Building Administrator
    • SLMA 6317 Leadership of Operation and Management Systems
    • SLMA 6V27 Internship P-8 & 5-12 (3 credit hours)
  • 5th Term – Curriculum/Program Administrator Appropriate Graduate-level Specialization Courses (up to six credit hours)
    • SLMA 6V29 Curriculum Administrator Internship (3 credit hours)
    • SLMA 6V31 Program Administrator (SPED) Internship (3 credit hours)
    • SLMA 6V33 Program Administrator (G/T) Internship (3 credit hours)

Post-Master’s Certificates for adding a license is also available which ranges from 12 to 24 credit hours depending on completion of prerequisite coursework.

Click the following links for more information:

Graduate School admission process:  Graduate School

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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