Master of Education in Educational Equity

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Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity






Credit Hours


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Arkansas Teaching License Required

Application Deadlines

  • January 15
  • February 15
  • March 15


Estimated Cost

Tuition for students accepted into this program is paid by a $10 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation

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The Master of Education in Educational Equity program strives to increase educational equity in Arkansas by preparing and supporting teachers in underserved districts across the state of Arkansas.

In this program, you will teach full-time while growing your teaching skills through a strong set of coursework, coaching, content-area support, and practical pedagogical resources. Learn innovative best practices that can accelerate positive student outcomes.


What to expect

Students will enroll in 11 courses over two years:

  • First summer
    • One online course with some face-to-face time in Fayetteville
  • First fall and spring semesters
    • Two online courses each semester
  • Second summer
    • One online course with some face-to-face time in Fayetteville and another online course
  • Second fall and spring semesters
    • Two online courses each semester
  • Final semester
    • Complete a written comprehensive exam. No thesis required


What are the benefits?

  • Provides licensed teachers with best-practice skills and knowledge to enhance teaching and learning at underserved schools
  • Allows real-time opportunity, with mentor support, to implement instructional strategies
  • Supports career advancement
  • Provides fully-subsidized graduate education
  • Offers a supportive cohort of fellow teachers and networking with peers at other schools throughout the state


What you will learn

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of underserved school districts
  • Understand and implement culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the unique needs of students from under-resourced environments
  • Understand the inter-relatedness of community factors in high-poverty environments
  • Develop skills related to family involvement in underserved communities
  • Enhance subject matter knowledge and develop strategies to teach content effectively
  • Learn how to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data in order to drive improved instruction


Applying to the Program

Applications for the Arkansas Academy’s Equity Fellows program for the 2021-2022 cohort open in fall 2020.


  • Have two years of teaching experience OR a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field with one year of teaching experience
  • Hold a valid teaching license
  • Complete program-specific admission requirements including an interview with program staff and providing at least two references

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