Cannon-Clary College of Education

Tuition for the 2022-2023 school year has been reduced approximately 15%!

This degree is designed to prepare its candidates for academic, administrative, and other professional roles. Applicants must complete specific prerequisites and must decide for which track they qualify:

  • Track 1: P-20 Educational Leadership emphasis

Hold a master’s degree and have completed or be within six hours of completing a program of study (24 credit hours minimum above a master’s degree) for a superintendent license from a regionally accredited college/university.

Hold a minimum of a principal license. Some principal experience is preferable but not required.

  • Track 2: Higher Education Leadership emphasis

Complete or be within six hours of completing 54 credit hours above a bachelor’s degree that includes 600/6000-level courses or above. Applicants coming with credit hours or a degree above their bachelor’s degree must submit their transcripts for review by the program director. After a transcript evaluation, applicants will be given a crafted plan that outlines any remaining coursework required, if applicable. Applicants enter with the understanding that not all of the classwork might substitute or satisfy the requirements for entry into the doctoral program. In addition, courses taken as part of the 54-credit hour requirement cannot be counted toward the 39-credit hour doctoral degree.

Some professional work experience is preferable but not required.

Admission Requirements


  • Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
  • Request official transcripts (required) from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS:
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center 
      PO Box 9217 
      Watertown, MA 02471

    • To expedite a review of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts.
    • Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
  • Request official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and have these sent to Harding University.
  • Request three letters of recommendation and have them sent through the CAS recommender portal.
  • Request from your supervisor a signed letter on official letterhead which documents support for your participation in this program: principal, superintendent, board president or immediate supervisor (whichever is applicable to your position).
  • Upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) record.
  • Upload a resume (inclusive of work experience and professional accomplishments).
  • Track 1 applicants should upload a copy of your current valid administrative license.
    Note: Documentation of completed requirements for Superintendent license found in your official transcript will also satisfy the requirement of a superintendent license.
  • Upload a list of technology skills in which you are proficient.
  • Upload two writing artifacts from previous work (i.e. thesis, research paper, journal article, field study, grant, specialist project).


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher required on all graduate coursework 
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) target scaled score of 396 or  
  • GRE - The old scoring system requires a target score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the analytical section. The new scoring system requires a combined score of approximately 305 based on the current conversion chart.


  • Personal interview with the Doctoral Admission Committee
  • Impromptu writing sample will be requested at the time of personal interview

For GradCAS Application related questions:
Phone: 857-304-2086 

For program related questions:
Harding University 
Educational Leadership Office
Phone: 501-279-4117
Fax: 501-279-4435

Academic Catalog and Course Schedule

For current course schedules, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate Programs home page.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Want more information about our programs?

Request Information

Or contact us directly:

Dr. Michael Brooks, Director of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership


Fax: 501-279-4435

Contact Us

Graduate Studies in Education is part of the College of Education


Fax: 501-279-4083

Mailing address:
Harding University
Graduate Studies in Education
Box 12261
Searcy, AR 72149-5615