University of Central Arkansas College of Education Graduate Brochure

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WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION The College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas’ premier educator preparation college, is dedicated to providing exemplary programs for the preparation of professional educators, including teacher preparation, educational leadership, school counseling, library media, instructional technologies, higher education student personnel administration, and other related professional fields. With an emphasis on teaching, research, and service, the members of the College of Education, along with their counterparts in supporting programs across campus, demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of educational programs and services by collaboratively working with organizations that have teaching and human development as their mission. The professional education programs in the College prepare professionals who demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn.

graduate studies educationAL leadership (Eds)

Master of arts in teaching (mat)


college student personnel SERVICES administration (MS)

instructional technology (MS)

library, media and information technology (MS)

reading (MSE)


Special education (MSE)


Graduate certificates and licensure Or endorsements

educational leadership (eds) 30 Credit Hours This degree is a licensure program for individuals with career goals as superintendents or other central office roles. Internships are spaced throughout the curriculum rather than reserved for the last semester. Areas of Concentration: ¹ PK-12 Education ¹ Post Secondary Education Post-Master Certificates Available . District-Level Administration

“I enrolled in the MAT program at UCA after a 20-year career in the business world. I had always wanted to work with kids. I really enjoyed working in state government, telecommunications, and owning my own companies, but I really wanted to make a difference in kids’ lives. UCA is giving me the tools to be successful in my classroom right away. I have really enjoyed all of my professors, and I utilize information I have learned in my classes every day.”


MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING (MAT) 36-39 Credit Hours This graduate program is offered to those with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in obtaining an Arkansas teaching license in early childhood, middle level, or secondary education. Areas of Concentration: ¹ P–4 Early Childhood ¹ 4-8 Middle Level ¹ Secondary/P–8 & 7–12 Partnership for Transition to Teaching (P3T) Grant provides financial support for MAT candidates who are recent college graduates, career changers, paraprofessionals, and science, technology, engineering or mathematics majors.

ADVANCED STUDIES IN TEACHER LEADERSHIP (msE) 30 Credit Hours This degree prepares candidates to become highly skilled, articulate classroom teachers by enhancing and expanding existing knowledge and skills. Candidates work toward National Board Certification. Students may be required to come to campus for some components of the program. Areas of Concentration: ¹ Early Childhood ¹ Teacher Leadership ¹ Instructional Facilitator ¹ Gifted and Talented ¹ Writing ¹ Elementary Mathematics Specialist ¹ English as a Second Language (ESL) Other content areas as approved by the academic advisor.

“The CSPA Program truly has impacted my personal and professional growth. The primary focus of the faculty and staff is to ensure my cohort and I succeed. ”


COLLEGE STUDENT PERSONNEL SERVICES AND ADMINISTRATION (MS) 42 Credit Hours The College Student Personnel Services and Administration program provides professional preparation for students seeking student services positions in both two-year and four-year post secondary institutions. The program is interdisciplinary to prepare student services administrators for diverse areas of responsibility, including campus climate and diversity, finance, budgeting, grant writing, assessment, leadership/ team-building, and legal/ethical issues.

instructional technology (ms) 36 Credit Hours The Master of Science in Instructional Technology (ITEC) is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to become technology leaders and practitioners within their professional arenas (e.g. education, business, government, and nonprofit organizations.) By its design, the program offers a broad view of the field of instructional technology (e.g. history, theory, technology, management) yet is flexible enough to allow candidates to select an area of concentration reflective of their vocational interest. Areas of Concentration: ยน Distance Education ยน Media Design & Development ยน Technical Support of Instructional Technologies Graduate Certificates Available

I came to UCA as an undergraduate student with a strong interest in computers and technology. As a Management Information Systems major, I received a well-rounded education, acquiring many technical computer skills, as well as important knowledge to assist me in the business world. I have returned seeking a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, and I am excited to see where this next learning experience will take me, as UCA continues to put my education front and center.


LIBRARY, MEDIA AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ms) 36 Credit Hours The Library Media and Information Technologies program is built upon the guiding principles of AASL’s Empowering Learners, the program standards of the American Association of School Librarians, and the program standards for School Library Media by the state of Arkansas.

reading (mse) 30 Credit Hours This program is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful reading specialists and literacy coaches (K-8 and K-12). It offers a broad range of opportunities for candidates to learn about the foundational knowledge of literacy, historical and current seminal reading research, language arts instruction, reading curriculum development, literacy coaching, reading assessment, strategies for working with struggling and diverse readers, methods for integrating technology into reading instruction, and other critical issues in reading and literacy education.

special education (MSE) 36 Credit Hours The Master of Science in Special Education is designed to prepare candidates in the development of knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to impact services and supports to students with special needs. The program offers a broad range of opportunities for candidates to learn about special education litigation and legislation, medical conditions, assessment, behavior guidance, instructional strategies, and best practices in serving persons with disabilities and their families. Graduate Certificates Available Instructional Facilitator Gifted and Talented Education Special Education ยน Instructional Specialist (P-4) ยน Instructional Specialist (4-12)

school counseling (MSE) 48 Credit Hours The purpose of this program is to prepare school counselors to meet the educational, social, psychological, and career needs of students while working collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, peer professionals, administrators, and the community. The school counseling program is a P-12 licensure program.

school leadership, management and administration (MS) 34-35 Credit Hours 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 degree program for building and curriculum/program administrators. Programs of study are available for people holding the appropriate master’s degrees. The program utilizes a variety of 21st century technologies, authentic assessments, and personalized internships. The program uses a hybrid delivery system of online and face-to-face class meetings. Candidates enjoy direct and individualized contact with their professors in small class settings.

POST MASTER’S CERTIFICATEs School and District Leadership ¹ ¹ ¹ ¹ ¹ ¹

Gifted/Talented Program Administration Special Education Program Administration Adult Education Program Administration Curriculum Administration Building-Level Administration District-Level Administration

“Through my degree from UCA’s College of Education School Leadership, Management, and Administration program, I hope to one day be a building-level administrator in the Conway School District. The classes are a great combination of theory and practical experience. The instructors are very knowledgeable and work with students on a personal level. I have learned a great deal during my program, and I feel that I will be well prepared to take on an administrative role in my district.”


ADMISSIONS  Visit for requirements for admission to the University of Central Arkansas Graduate School.  To apply, you can use the Praxis I, a valid educator license, or the GRE for your admission assessment criteria for Graduate Programs in the College of Education.  Each program has individual admission requirements, please check each department website for specifications regarding minimum test scores, interviews, and admission deadlines.

FINANCIAL AID The UCA Office of Financial Aid provides financial counselors to support and guide students through the financial process. Almost 90% of UCA students receive some financial aid. If you want to see how much financial aid you’ll need and how much you can receive, check out our free financial aid net price calculator at You should apply as early as possible for both admissions and financial aid. For additional information, call UCA’s Office of Financial Aid at (501) 450-3140 or email

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS Please check within each degree program for scholarships or other opportunities for special funding. To apply for assistantships or fellowships, please contact the Graduate School by email at or visit



FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS, PLEASE CONTACT US: University of Central Arkansas College of Education 201 Donaghey Avenue Conway, Arkansas 72035 Phone: 501.450.3175

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