Cannon-Clary College of Education
  • M.Ed. in Christian Education Leadership

    Offered 100% online, this degree prepares educators to navigate the future of Christian education in relevant and sustainable ways.

Christian education makes a significant impact on the lives of our children, and the Master of Education in Christian education leadership degree prepares Christian school leaders to better serve and lead in their Christian school communities while remaining relevant for the future viability of independent schools.

The first of its kind in the nation, the M.Ed. in Christian education leadership prepares school leaders to identify current trends in Christian education, providing strategies to navigate the future of Christian education in relevant and sustainable ways. Christian school leaders must be equipped with the knowledge of generational faith needs, financial and legal obligations, leadership effectiveness, and cultural awareness. This master’s is the most current and relevant degree in the market to help Christian school leaders navigate the 21st century. (Note: This program does not grant licensure.)

Program highlights:

  • 100% Online
  • 30 credit hours
  • 6-week blocks
  • Inaugural class begins Feb. 14, 2022

A graduate with the MCEL degree will: 

  1. Navigate the independent school setting within the current cultural and societal climate while maintaining true to Christian identity and mission.  
  2. Command a diverse leadership knowledge base and apply it effectively and ethically. 
  3. Recognize when information is needed and locate, evaluate and use the needed information effectively. 
  4. Implement a framework for making effective financial and legal decisions within the independent school context.
  5. Develop the ability to communicate interpersonally and integrate Biblical peacemaking principles into relationships with personnel, students and families. 
  6. Implement strategies that engage Generation Z in faith formation and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  7. Demonstrate awareness of new pedagogical and methodological trends in education that enhance the learning experience and broaden the horizon of learning in the 21st century. 

Application/Admission Requirements

MASTER OF EDUCATION IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION LEADERSHIP

This 30-hour Master of Education in Christian education leadership degree program prepares Christian school professionals to serve and lead in their Christian school communities while remaining relevant for the future viability of independent schools. 

NOTE: This program does not grant licensure.



APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Submit the BusinessCAS application and with the appropriate fee, plus:

  • Official Transcript:
    • Request official college transcripts be sent directly to BusinessCAS from the university that awarded your undergraduate degree. 
      • If paper transcripts need to be mailed, please have them sent to: 
        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 a Harding University transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant. 
  • Resume/CV: 
    • Upload current resume/CV in the “Documents” section of Supporting Information.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Master’s of Education in Christian education leadership program is determined on an individual basis. An effort is made to admit all students who qualify and who can benefit from these unique educational programs and opportunities available at Harding University. 

In general, a requirements for admission include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Application requirements listed above.

APPLICATION REVIEW AND CANDIDATE SELECTION

In reviewing the information of each prospective student, many different indicators of performance may be evaluated. Neither undergraduate study in education nor work experience is required, but having either or both will strengthen most applications. The admissions committee may also consider other criteria, including but not limited to academic performance at the undergraduate and graduate level and work history. Additionally, an attempt is made to determine congruence between the program’s goals and the applicant’s interests.

Students may be granted admission based on the following criteria*:

  • Unconditional Admission: Students who have earned an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher and have completed all documentation necessary for entry, may be admitted without condition.
  • Provisional Admission due to Incomplete Documentation: Students who have not completed all documentation necessary for entry may be granted provisional admission with the condition that all necessary documentation be submitted prior to the student’s enrollment for the first semester. Upon receipt of all materials, the student will be granted full matriculation.
  • Provisional Admission due to Academic Reason: Students with an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.7 may be granted provisional admission with the condition that the student maintains a GPA of no less than 3.0 on the first nine hours of graduate work completed. Upon satisfying this condition, the student will be granted full matriculation.

NOTE: The admissions com­mittee will meet after all grades have been posted in a semester to determine the status of any student in provisional standing due to academic reasons. The student will be notified as soon as is practical if any changes in status are deemed necessary by the committee.

*Students may be admitted to the program under both provisional standings due to completion of records and academic reasoning.

GradCAS Customer Service857-304-2086, or gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com.

Harding Online Admissions Department:  501-279-5700

CONTACT US

M.Ed. in Christian education leadership is part of Harding Online and the College of Education

501-279-4865

mcel@harding.edu

Mailing address:
Harding Online
Box 12223
Searcy, AR 72149-5615