Gifted and Talented – Educational Specialist Degree Option (EDS: EDLP)

This program can be completed entirely online.

The Educational Specialist degree in the Educational Leadership Program (EDLP) reflects the College of Education’s historic mission and commitment to preparing leaders for P-12 schools. The Department of Leadership Studies offers a 30 credit-hour degree program. The program is performance-based and utilizes a variety of 21st century technologies, authentic assessments, and personalized internships.

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Educational Leadership (EDLP) includes a PK-12 emphasis that can include two options for individuals seeking gifted and talented education:

  1. An Ed.S. degree with a focus on Gifted and Talented education.
  2. An Ed.S. degree with a focus on Program Administration for Gifted and Talented

All Ed.S. degree-seeking candidates must complete the following 9 hour core:

  • EDLP 7301 Program Planning and Evaluation
  • EDLP 7363 Human Resource Administration
  • EDLP 7387 Organizational Change and Development

Option 1: Ed.S. degree-seeking candidates must hold a valid masters degree in education. In addition to the nine hour core courses listed above, candidates complete the 15 hours of Gifted and Talented Education Graduate Certificate courses, and 6 hours of electives for a total of 30 semester hours; requires coordination from the GT program coordinator and approval from the Ed.S. program coordinator.   

Option 2: Ed.S. degree and adding Program Administration for Gifted and Talented to teaching license.

The Department of Leadership Studies has approval from the Arkansas Department of Education to offer an add-on program for Building-level Leadership as Program Administrator with emphasis in Gifted and Talented Education for individuals with an appropriate master’s degree and a GT teaching license. In addition to the nine hours of required EDLP courses above, candidates must complete the state-approved core leadership courses and engage in an internship over at least two semesters. In addition to the 19 credit hour core leadership courses listed below, up to six hours of graduate-level gifted and talented coursework may be assigned based on transcript analysis. Candidates must have four years of teaching experience as a GT teacher and meet Arkansas’s passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) before making application for the license.

SLMA 6312 School-based Organizational Leadership

SLMA 6320 School Law

SLMA 6330 Curriculum and Program Leadership

SLMA 6340 Instructional Leadership

SLMA 6360 Collaborative School Leadership

SLMA 6165/6265 (candidate earns a total of 3 graduate hours)

SLMA 6175 Portfolio Development and Defense (1 hour)

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