Master of Science in Education
in Educational Leadership


The program is designed to provide continuing education opportunities to teachers and school leaders who want to learn from experienced, published and renowned practitioners in curriculum design, assessment, classroom management, technology and instructional strategies for schoolteachers at all levels. Using a combination of practical and theoretical tools, teachers will be able to develop new skills, learn of the latest techniques and participate in research projects. All of these experiences are designed to help teachers hone their skills, stay abreast of new developments, maintain continuing education credits as well as identify career opportunities for advancement.
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.

Please Note: Completion of this degree will not lead to an Arkansas building-level Administrator (Principal P-12) endorsement/license.


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

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.


A-State offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the MSE in Educational Leadership program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and one year of teaching experience. Make sure to review full admission requirements below.

  • Complete the online application HERE and submit a non-refundable $30 fee
  • Copy of Passport
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • A valid teaching certificate or degree
  • One year of teaching experience. Please submit the TEACHING EXPERIENCE VERIFICATION FORM.
  • 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
  • Proof of English proficiency (please see table below)

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

  • 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.


asked questions

An MSE in Educational Leadership is a Master of Science in Education degree that focuses on leadership at all levels of education. This degree is a practical one that will help improve your teaching skills and also give you the educational background you need to move into leadership roles.

Both degrees will increase your knowledge and skills as an educator, but the MSE is geared more toward educators who want to add to the practical skills they already have. Students in an MSE program will learn assessment tools, advanced classroom management models, cutting-edge teaching techniques and other academic strategies. MSE in Educational Leadership graduates know how to manage a changing education landscape, and they are great collaborative decision-makers.

In contrast, an M.Ed., or Master of Education, is often seen as a more research-focused degree. Though M.Ed. holders are also prepared for K-12 and higher education teaching, they may not gain some of the practical solutions to real-world issues that MSE graduates do. Arkansas State MSE Educational Leadership students will even complete hands-on activities to bolster their experience and skill sets.

  • Research — methods and techniques used in research as well as the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data.
  • Educational theory — a wide range of philosophies of education, including their implications for theory and practice.
  • Ethical leadership — professional behavior for educational administrators.
  • Education law — constitutional and statutory law as well as court decisions relating to education.
  • Community relations — techniques for building positive relationships with the community and stakeholders.
  • Resource allocation — planning and budgeting for public schools with a focus on site-based management.
  • Instructional theory.
  • Teacher evaluations — evaluating teacher performance with a focus on development and supervision.
  • Administrative aspects of special education.
  • Curriculum management — managing and formalizing the curriculum for the decision-making process.
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • District Administrator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Dean of Students or Faculty
  • College Provost
  • University Registrar

Most sources agree that students who spend three hours per credit hour will do well in courses. For a standard three-credit-hour class, you’ll spend nine hours a week studying.

The truth is that it depends. Some classes are more difficult than others. You may not be as comfortable with the material as you are with other subjects. These classes will take more time. You might want to start with four hours of study time per credit. Conversely, easier courses or those with which you feel comfortable may only take two hours of study per credit hour.

Yes, you can transfer credits from prior graduate work. You will need to submit an official transcript and fill out the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form. After your transcripts have been evaluated, you’ll receive an email from the Office of the Registrar letting you know which of your previous credits will be accepted.

You can attend graduation as an A-State student, and we encourage it! You’ll have the opportunity to meet some of your classmates and your professors in person. Many students do attend graduation and enjoy the experience.

Of course! At the beginning of each term, you’ll receive your instructors’ contact information and instructions on how best to contact them. These dedicated professors pride themselves on replying to emails and returning phone calls quickly. Chat, Skype and text messages are also used. Ask your instructor for specific details.

The tuition fees is QAR 100,000 for the full program.