Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership

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Credit Hours

18 Months

≈ to Complete

U.S. News and World Report Ranking

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Tuition / credit hour $437.54
Fee / credit hour  
Library $4.16
Network & Data Systems $11.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2022 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Become an Administrator

This specialist degree program is designed  for those seeking district-level licensure.  The program now has a 100 percent pass rate on the first attempt for the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA). An Internship (not online) is required for system-level licensure.

Apply for the fall cohort by July 15.

Courses are offered in 8-week rotations with synchronous online meetings on Wednesday evenings in the fall and spring semesters.


Network Across the State

The Educational Leadership program at the U of A is more than just a collection of courses. The program is:

  • An extensive network of K-16 partners throughout the state
  • A distinguished list of alumni in key leadership positions throughout the country
  • A faculty committed to providing a highly rigorous and relevant classroom experience
  • Researchers that bridge theory and practice to respond to the needs of policymakers and practitioners in the field
  • Students who are passionate about transforming schools and improving the lives of children


Admission Requirements

  • A completed Educational Leadership program application
  • A master's degree in an education-related field
  • A writing prompt inside the program application
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which should be from a current supervisor)
  • A resume or CV


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Success Stories

Through the EDLE grad program at the University of Arkansas, I’ve learned I can help more than just myself."

The one thing I like most about the format of the online program at the University of Arkansas is that I can still see my professor. I can interact, I can raise my hand, I can be involved in discussions, [and] I can see and learn from the other people who are in my class."

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