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MSE in Educational Leadership

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership Online


Program Overview

What Our Online Educational Leadership Master's Offers You


The Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Educational Leadership degree is designed to develop leaders in the educational community. Through this program, you focus on areas of learning that include designing curriculum, implementing research-based instructional strategies, using assessments for learning, effectively motivating students and managing your classroom. You will also get to choose an elective specializing in elementary, middle, or high school curriculum.

icon $11,412 Total Tuition
icon As few as 20 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $11,412 Total Tuition
icon As few as 20 months Program Duration
icon 36 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.

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. The Capstone course is the final course taken and requires that all other courses are successfully completed to enroll. Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as few as 20 months.

Within this master's degree, students focus on areas of learning that include:

  • Developing dispositions, knowledge and skills to become a building-level school leader and administrator
  • Building learning communities that support the success of all students and promote continuous organizational improvement
  • Integrating theory and practice through authentic, performance-based field activities

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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Kevin Hazelrigg

"I've become such a better teacher because of the courses I've taken."

– Kevin Hazelrigg, MSE Educational Leadership graduate

Tuition

Pay for Your Online Program by the Course


Our MSE in Educational Leadership online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Total Tuition $11,412
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00

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Calendar

A-State Online Dates and Deadlines


Our MSE in Educational Leadership online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2021 5 wk 07/06/2021 08/06/2021 06/21/2021 06/25/2021 07/01/2021 07/02/2021 07/23/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/24/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
Term Length Course Begin Course End Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2021 14 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 05/06/2021 05/07/2021 07/30/2021
Spring 2022 14 wk 01/11/2022 04/29/2022 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 04/15/2022
Fall 2022 14 wk 08/23/2022 12/09/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 11/26/2022
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Admissions

Follow Our Streamlined Admission Requirements


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the MSE in Educational Leadership online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and one year of teaching experience. Make sure to review full admission requirements below. Applicants to the program who do not qualify for unconditional admission may qualify for conditional admission. At this time, International students may not be accepted into any Educational Leadership program – only students with a valid US teaching license that are working in a US school district are eligible for this program.

  • 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 U.S. valid teaching certificate
  • One year of teaching experience.
  • A building level administrator who will function as your mentor during the degree program.
  • 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
  • Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in States and to find relevant State Agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a State does not guarantee the program will meet State licensure requirements.

Applicants to the program who do not qualify for unconditional admission may qualify for conditional admission.

  • 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 U.S. valid teaching certificate
  • One year of teaching experience.
  • A building level administrator who will function as your mentor during the degree program.
  • Complete an in-person or video conference interview scored with a rubric.
  • Complete a writing assignment
  • Provide evidence of teacher effectiveness and Leadership skills prior to admission to Educational Leadership programs
  • Meet one of the following academic requirements:
    • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or
    • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale and 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours (admission with this GPA is contingent on a letter of recommendation from the school superintendent or principal), or
    • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) from a graduate school and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited university.
  • Conditional admission requires that the candidate make a grade of B or better during the first 12 hours of graduate work at Arkansas State University.
  • Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in States and to find relevant State Agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a State does not guarantee the program will meet State licensure requirements.

Additional Information

As part of the student's portfolio, the following information is required to be completed prior to registering for the 3rd term (second semester):

  • Video Essay
  • Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Credentials
  • Writing Sample

These additional documents are not required to render an admissions decision.

  • Email a written Letter of Appeal and GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial) to [email protected]

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: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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

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Courses

Read About Our Educational Leadership Online Classes


Students pursuing this degree must complete 36 credit hours, including core courses (33 credit hours) and one curriculum specialization course (3 credit hours). Educators seeking teaching certification in Arkansas must complete an additional course (3 credit hours) on Arkansas history (read more details below).

ELFN 6773: Introduction to Statistics and Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course in methods and techniques of research, and the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data.

ELFN 6763: Philosophies of Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on various educational philosophies with emphasis on implications of their tenets on educational theory and practice.

ELAD 6203: 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 6073: School Law

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on constitutional and statutory provisions and court decisions regarding the legal aspects of 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.

ELAD 6053: Planning and Resource Allocation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Addresses planning and resource allocation in public schools with special attention given to site-based management.

ELAD 6573: Leading School Improvement

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the qualities, dispositions, and characteristics of effective leaders, along with research and evaluation strategies for school improvement.

ELAD 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.

ELAD 6033: Administration and Supervision of Special Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an in-depth study of and an exploration into the administrative processes of special education.

ELCI 6063: Curriculum Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on perspectives, skills, and processes necessary for managing curriculum and formalizing the curriculum decision-making process.

ELAD 6593: Supervised Internship

Duration: 14 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on authentic problems and 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.

Take one of the following three curriculum courses.

ELCI 6323: Elementary School Curriculum

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes the selection and organization of content, selection of instructional materials and activities, factors affecting curriculum revision, and current curricular issues in the modern elementary school.

ELCI 6423: Middle School Curriculum

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes the selection and organization of content, selection of instructional materials and activities, factors affecting curriculum revision, and current curricular issues in the modern middle school.

ELCI 6523: Secondary School Curriculum

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes the selection and organization of content, selection of instructional materials and activities, factors affecting curriculum revision, and current curricular issues in the modern secondary school.

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 than 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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