Ed Bengtson
Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
216 Peabody Hall
479-575-4209
Email:  egbengts@uark.edu

Admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Arkansas Curriculum/Program Administrator: Applicants must meet university requirements for admission to the Graduate School as non-degree-seeking, but certificate-seeking students, and must have a master’s degree. In addition, to receive the graduate certificate in district-level administration, applicants must have a valid teaching license and a valid building-level administration license.

Admission to the Graduate Certificate program: Applicants must meet university requirements for admission to the Graduate School as non-degree-seeking, but certificate-seeking students, and must have a master’s degree in one of the three following fields: Education, Educational Leadership, or Special Education.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Arkansas Curriculum/Program Administrator: The Arkansas Curriculum/Program Administrator Graduate Certificate requires 15 graduate credit hours beyond an earned master's degree.  To receive the graduate certificate in Arkansas Curriculum/Program Administrator, candidates are required to have a valid teaching license. The program of study includes 15 credit hours in a specialization that has not been covered by the candidate's previously earned master's degree. 

Students will select between one of the three specialization areas listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an adviser to review their course history and determine the option that will help them meet licensure requirements. The successful completion of the Arkansas Curriculum/Program Administrator Certificate will lead to a specialization endorsement in either Special Education Administration or Curriculum and Instruction Administration to be added to the candidate's existing professional educator's license.

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization (15 hours)
CIED 5363Teaching in K-12 Online and Blended Classrooms3
CIED 5423Curriculum and Instruction: Models and Implementation3
CIED 5983Practicum in Curriculum & Instruction3
CIED 6013Curriculum Theory, Development, and Evaluation3
CIED 6053Curriculum and Instruction: Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation3
Total Hours15
Special Education Specialization (15 hours)
SPED 532VPracticum in Special Education3
SPED 5733Inclusive Practices for Diverse Populations3
SPED 5783Professional and Family Partnerships3
SPED 5893Organization, Administration and Supervision of Special Education3
SPED 6433Legal Aspects of Special Education3
Total Hours15
Educational Leadership Specialization (15 hours)
EDLE 5013School Organization and Administration3
EDLE 5043Leadership Ethics3
EDLE 5063Instructional Leadership, Planning, and Supervision3
EDLE 5083Analytical Decision-Making3
EDLE 5093Effective Leadership for School Improvement3
Total Hours15