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Endorsements

In addition to our variety of graduate degrees, we also offer several endorsements, programs of study, and additional licensure programs. Whether you're looking to specialize in a certain content area or add an additional license, we have several programs offered in a variety of formats to suit your educational needs.

For additional information about any of these programs, you may want to consult the Catalog. (Be sure to select the Graduate & Professional Catalog for the current school year from the drop-down menu).

Building Level (Principal's) Licensure

Our Master of Education in Educational Leadership rigorously prepares you to become a highly qualified building level administrator. If you already have a Master's degree, a program of study can be specifically designed for you by the Director of Educational Leadership. Completion of either the degree or the program of study, along with the successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and 4 years of teaching experience, will qualify you for standard building level licensure as a P-12 administrator.

What is the delivery method?

The Building Level program of study is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

Course load is variable as programs of study are designed on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Building Level Licensure Program of Study please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

Curriculum Program Administrator: Curriculum

Our Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction prepares you to become a highly qualified Curriculum Program Administrator (CPA) in Curriculum. If you already have a Master's degree, a program of study can be specifically designed for you. Completion of either the degree or the program of study, along with the successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and 4 years of teaching experience, will qualify you for standard Curriculum Program Administrator licensure at the P-12 level.

What is the delivery method?

The CPA: Curriculum program of study is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

The CPA: Curriculum program of study involves 19 hours. These hours are highlighted on the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the CPA: Curriculum Program of Study please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

Curriculum Program Administrator: Special Education

Our Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction prepares you to become a highly qualified Curriculum Program Administrator (CPA) in Special Education. If you already have a Master's degree, a program of study can be specifically designed for you. Completion of either the degree or the program of study, along with the successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and 4 years of teaching experience, will qualify you for standard Curriculum Program Administrator licensure at the P-12 level.

What is the delivery method?

The CPA: Special Education program of study is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

The CPA: Special Education program of study involves 19 hours. These hours are highlighted on the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience in Special Education. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the CPA: Special Education Program of Study please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

District Level (Superintendent's) Licensure

Our Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree provides you with the competencies necessary for school district leadership. If you are not interested in obtaining an Ed.S. degree, a state approved program of study for obtaining district level licensure is also available. If you already have your standard building level licensure, completion of either the Ed.S. degree or this program of study, along with the successful completion of the School Superintendent Assessment, will grant you district level administrative licensure.

What is the delivery method?

The District Level program of study is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

The District Level program of study involves 24 hours. These hours are outlined in the District Level Licensure Program of Study curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 4 years of teaching experience and a Building Level License. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the District Level Licensure Program of Study please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

Gifted and Talented Endorsement

If you are looking for an endorsement that you can complete fully online in one calendar year, the Gifted and Talented Licensure Endorsement Program is designed for you. This state-approved program is designed for the working professional and meets current Arkansas state guidelines leading to Gifted & Talented licensure endorsement.  

What is the delivery method?

The GT Endorsement is offered fully online.

How many hours are required?

The GT Endorsement involves 18 hours. These hours are outlined in the GT curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the GT Endorsement please contact:

Dr. Lynette Busceme, Assistant Professor
lbusceme@harding.edu

Instructional Facilitator Endorsement

If you want to deal with curriculum at the building level (rather than at the district level like the Curriculum Program Administrator in Curriculum or Special Education), the Instructional Facilitator Endorsement is for you!

What is the delivery method?

The IF Endorsement is offered in a hybrid format.

How many hours are required?

The IF Endorsement involves 17 hours. These hours are outlined in the Instructional Facilitator curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

To be accepted into the program, you must have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. You will also need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the IF Endorsement please contact:

Dr. David Bangs, Director of Educational Leadership
dbangs@harding.edu

Susan Hawkins, Assistant to Director of Educational Leadership
sjhawkins@harding.edu

Reading Specialist Endorsement

Harding's reading endorsement is designed to provide you, as a classroom practitioner or literacy supervisor, with rigorous intensive training and advance knowledge. The reading endorsement content consist of 30 hours of study in:  linguistic and cognitive bases of the reading process, reading comprehension, word identification, and vocabulary development, reading methodologies, diagnosis and reading program development. Our program's philosophical underpinnings reset in a glanced literacy approach to teaching of literacy and establishing highly effective literacy processes based on current research and best practices. The course of study is aligned with standards derived from national associations as well as the Arkansas Department of Education. The national agencies who standards drive the course content of the program include the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the International Reading Association (IRA).

What is the delivery method?

The Reading Specialist Endorsement is offered through classroom instruction and online classes.

How many hours are required?

The Reading Specialist Endorsement requires 30 hours. These hours are outlined in the Reading Endorsement curriculum plan (PDF)

How do I apply?

To apply for the Reading Specialist Endorsement, you will need to fill out this application form (PDF).

Who do I contact for more info?

Dr. Wendy Ellis, Director of Reading
wellis2@harding.edu

Sandy Ogburn, Office Manager, Graduate Reading Program
sogburn@harding.edu

Special Education Licensure

If you have been hired in a Special Ed position but do not have Special Ed licensure yet, the Special Education Additional Licensure Program (ALP) is for you! The courses, which can also be applied to a Master of Education in Special Education, provide you with either Birth-4th licensure or Birth-12th licensure, depending on the number of hours you take.

What is the delivery method?

The majority of the courses in the Special Education ALP are offered fully online.

How many hours are required?

The Special Education ALP involves 18 hours for Birth-4th Licensure (PDF) or 22 hours for Birth-12th Licensure (PDF).

How do I apply?

You will need to fill out this application form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the SPED ALP, please contact:

Dr. Carol Douglass, Director of Special Education
cdouglass@harding.edu

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Endorsement

If you are looking for an endorsement that makes you very marketable and can be completed in one calendar year, the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement program is designed for you. This state-approved program is designed for the working professional and meets current Arkansas Department of Education guidelines leading to Teaching English as a Second Language endorsement. This is a P-12 endorsement that enables teachers to be English Language Learners (ELL) coordinators in schools, English as Second Language (ESL) teachers, or general education classroom teachers better equipped to reach all students in their classroom, especially students whose first language is not English. ESL is a high-need field in many areas of the United States. The population of ESL students is growing to become a significant part of the K-12 student population, and teachers with coursework in bilingual and bicultural education are needed.

What is the delivery method?

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement is offered face-to-face on the Searcy campus, through distance learning classes for students at the North Little Rock Professional Center and the Northwest Arkansas Professional Center, and two of the four classes are usually offered completely online during the summer.

How many hours are required?

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement involves 12 hours. These hours are outlined in the TESL curriculum plan (PDF).

How do I apply?

You will need to fill out this application form (PDF)

Who do I contact for more info?

For more information about the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement please contact:

Ms. Lauren Boone, Assistant Professor
lboone@harding.edu

College of Education
Box 12254
Searcy, AR 72149
501-279-4242
501-279-4051 (fax)
education@harding.edu

Teacher Education/
Field Experiences
501-279-4050

Graduate Studies
501-279-4315
gradstudiesedu@harding.edu

Educational Leadership
501-279-4117

Graduate Reading
501-279-5107

Professional Counseling: Clinical & School
501-279-4500

Adult and Extended Education
501-279-5726
COEadultEd@harding.edu

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