College Student Personnel Services
The purpose of the M.S. degree in College Student Personnel Services is to train entry level professionals for a broad array of student services positions in higher education. The program has a heavy emphasis on developing skills in the areas of psychology and counseling. There are two program tracks: Professional Practice and College Counseling.
Community College Teaching
The Specialist in Community College Teaching Program provides a sixth-year intermediate degree to prepare teachers and administrators for the Community College. The teaching emphasis program of study will focus mainly upon the major field of specialization with adequate opportunities for breadth of preparation in the specialty area and cognate areas, and a background in research methods.
Curriculum and Instruction
The M.S.E. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare K-12 Directors of Curriculum and Instruction.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education BSE program provides a strong foundation for individuals who plan to work with young children in various settings serving prekindergarten through grade four. Students experience multiple field experiences to ensure a strong foundation of applied skills as well as knowledge of child development, best practices, and content.
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Early Childhood Education is to offer educators and educators-in-training a planned program of study focusing on the developmental and educational needs of young children. The program of study outlines herein leads to the successful completion of the graduate degree. This is not a "program of study" leading to initial teaching licensure.
Early Childhood Education - Special Education
The Early Childhood Education BSE program provides a strong foundation for individuals who plan to work with young children in grades prekindergarten through grade four who may exhibit developmental, learning and behavioral disabilities. Students are prepared to teach in varied classroom settings: regular, inclusive, and resource settings.
Early Childhood Services
The Master of Science in Early Childhood Services degree is a professional degree designed for individuals employed by agencies other than public schools that provide services directly or indirectly for young children. The individuals who work in these roles neither need nor desire licensure for public school teaching; therefore, there is no licensure requirement for entry into this program.
The Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a major in Educational Leadership offers educators a program designed to improve their general educational and specific c professional competencies as leaders in the public school systems. The Specialist Degree program is designed to provide study beyond the Master's degree and is based on recommendations from professional organizations and accrediting associations.
The Masters Degree in Educational Leadership offers educators a planned program of study designed to improve their general educational and specific professional competencies as leaders in the public school systems. The degree is specifically designed to prepare building level administrators and is based on recommendations from professional organizations and accrediting associations.
The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership provides the highest professional degree available in the field of education to students who aspire to administrative careers in either elementary, secondary, or collegiate levels.
Educational Theory and Practice
This program is for teachers who wish to improve their general understanding of curriculum theory and current practices and to increase their professionalism and competency in a variety of current educational issues. Some candidates in this constituency might also utilize this degree in seeking their National Board licensure.
Middle Level Education
The Middle-Level Education program is designed to prepare teachers to teach in grades 4-8 as a mathematics and science or as an English/language arts and social studies specialist and in grades four through six as a self-contained generalist.
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Reading is to offer educators and educators-in training a planned program of study focusing on skills and techniques of teaching reading including the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems.
The Specialist in Education (Ed.S) degree with a major in Reading offers educators an opportunity to expand their knowledge of reading Instruction and literacy leadership beyond the Master’s level.
Special Education, Gifted, Talented and Creative
The purpose of the Master of Science in Education degree with a major in Special Education— Gifted, Talented, and Creative (GTC) is to offer educators a planned program of study at the graduate level which is based on recommendations of professional organizations and accrediting associations such as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and NCATE.
Special Education, Instructional Specialist Grades 4-12
Students completing this program gain expertise in teaching students exhibiting developmental, learning and behavioral disabilities, and in consulting with general education teachers who have students with disabilities in their classrooms.
Special Education, Instructional Specialist Grades P-4
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Special Education — Instructional Specialist P-4— is to offer educators an advanced performance-based program of study based on the recommendations of professional organizations and accrediting associations such as the Council for Exceptional Child (CEC), Division of Early Childhood (CEC-DEC), and NCATE. This program prepares personnel to work in a variety of professional roles with young children with disabilities, birth through grade 4, and their families.
The purpose of the Certificate in Student Affairs is to allow individuals currently working in institutions of higher education to upgrade their knowledge and skills related to working with college students. This includes individuals with no prior training in student affairs, and individuals with prior training in students affairs seeking to update their training or to expand their career potential.
Teaching Licensure (Middle Level)
The purpose of this program is to provide an additional quality pathway to AR teacher licensure for our region and state. Individuals seeking to enter public school teaching with bachelor’s degrees are eligible to earn initial licensure through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The MAT includes Teacher Education core courses along with specialized courses to create a Masters Program for initial licensure in Early Middle Level Education.