Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership


The Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (ASTL) is a 30-credit hour online degree program designed to enhance and expand your existing knowledge, skills, and dispositions while further developing the core competencies expected of advanced educators. The ASTL degree program prepares graduates with opportunities to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to and beneficial for:

  • Gaining the Instructional Facilitator licensure endorsement by completing five core courses.
  • Responding positively to classroom practices that enhance student learning.
  • Critically analyzing classroom practices and appropriately responding to the findings.
  • Articulating the rationale for decisions regarding professional practice, classroom instruction, and classroom/school policies and procedures.
  • Making informed decisions by reflecting on experiences both past and present to improve teaching practices that enhance student learning.
  • Becoming change leaders for the improvement of their schools.


Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership: Program Coordinator:
Mashburn 104Dr. Jeff Whittingham
University of Central ArkansasPhone: 501.450.5445
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035

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.

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.

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.

Information for Current Students
Distance Education Information

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