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Ed.S. in Ed. Leadership, Special Ed.
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Special Education Online

Program Overview


Arkansas State University offers an affordable online Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Special Education. If you are already a special education teacher and possess a Master's degree, this post-graduate program will prepare you for a leadership role as a Special Education Director at the campus or district level. The degree includes an internship that can be completed while you continue working as an educator or school administrator.

icon $9,187.50 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $9,187.50 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

The program prepares special education teachers to administer and coordinate learning and activities for special education students. You will learn how to provide leadership and expertise in assessing, identifying, and implementing special education goals and to collaborate with related services and personnel, including psychologist, speech therapists, school administrators, and teaching staff.

The program includes an internship requirement that can be completed while you continue working as an educator or school administrator. In addition, some of the coursework you complete as part of this post-master's degree program can apply to an Arkansas State University doctoral degree in education, allowing you to earn that degree in less time.

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

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Tuition


Our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Special Education online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Total Tuition $9,187.50
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $306.25
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$268.00 $38.25 $306.25 $804.00 $114.75 $918.75

Calendar


Our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Special Education online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 5wk 5/28/2019 6/28/2019 5/6/2019 5/13/2019 5/17/2019 5/24/2019 6/14/2019
5wk 7/1/2019 8/2/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/19/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
Term Course Begin Course End Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2019 7/1/2019 8/2/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/19/2019
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Admissions


Students who are interested in our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Special Education online program must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution and two years of teaching experience as a special education teacher. Review full admission requirements below.

  • Must have taken a graduate level education statistics course in your masters degree.
  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • A valid special educator’s teaching certificate
  • Two years of experience as a certified special education teacher in an educational institution. Please submit Teaching Experience Verification Form.
  • A current state-issued special educator's teaching license.
  • No record as a felon or sex offender
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution
  • Have at least a 3.25 GPA in a master's degree from an accredited institution and program.
  • A written commitment from a practicing special education director or central office administrator who will serve as a mentor during this program. Applicants should review the qualifications and responsibilities with their chosen mentor prior to having the mentor complete the Mentor Form.
  • Read and submit the Professional Dispositions Signature Document

Additional Information

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


Students pursuing this Ed.S. program must complete the following 10 courses (30 credit hours). Those who are seeking licensure in Arkansas must meet an Arkansas History requirement.

ELAD 7033: Contemporary Issues in American Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of significant contemporary issues confronting American education.

ELAD 7073: Schooling in a Pluralistic Society

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive study of educational facilities, transportation, and food service programs for school district administrators. Administrators learn to use data logically and systematically to provide effective services and make decisions.

ELCI 7523: Curriculum Theory and Practice

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of current curriculum innovations and their underlying theoretical bases. Emphasis is given to current research on effective schools and to the translation of effective curriculum designs into practice.

ELFN 7583: Evaluation Education Program and System

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines various techniques of program analysis and evaluation for individual schools and for the total school system.

ELAD 6103: Ethical Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Presents an overview of educational administration for practitioners within the context of ethical and professional behavior.

ELAD 6423: Special Education Law

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the legal aspects of special education.

ELAD 6033: Administration and Supervision of Special Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Provides an in-depth study of and an exploration into the administrative processes of special education.

ELAD 6003: School and Community Relations

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on concepts, programs, and procedures for establishing and maintaining positive relations between the school, its constituents, and related agencies.

ELCI 6083: Supervision and Evaluation of Teaching

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Combines attributes of supervising teaching with the formal aspects of teacher evaluation via emphasis on adult development, clinical supervision, and evaluation processes and models extant in public schools.

ELCI 6493: Curriculum Internship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on authentic problems and clinical activities that require candidates to demonstrate leadership skills and practices integral to school leadership. The internship must be completed during the semester in which a candidate completes the degree.

Applicants seeking an Arkansas teaching license by reciprocity who hold a valid license from another state in Childhood (P-4), Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Childhood (4-8), or Secondary Social Studies (7-12) must meet an Arkansas History requirement by documentation of the successful completion of three (3) college credit hours in Arkansas History at an accredited college or university OR a 45-hour professional development piece in Arkansas History through Arkansas IDEAS. Applicants holding a valid license in areas other the four mentioned above do not have to meet the Arkansas History requirement. HIST 3083 History of Arkansas (offered in summer terms only) meets the Arkansas history requirement.

HIST 6333: Seminar in Arkansas Studies

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Intensive research seminar covering various aspects of Arkansas history.

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