Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership Program offers Master of Science in Education (MSE) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees as well as programs of study for building level and district level administrative licenses. The EDL programs at Henderson State University prepare graduate students for senior level educational administration positions. 

The programs are driven by standards and research and are delivered through courses aligned to the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Students gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be productive and successful school leaders.

Our courses meet online. Instruction, lectures, and student presentations are delivered using web conferencing (Blackboard Collaborate).  Course management system Blackboard Collaborate/Angel is utilized for continual communication with professor and class colleagues and for management of assignments. Online class meetings are scheduled each semester and attendance is mandatory.

The online Educational Leadership program is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Licensure Program

Licensure programs prepare candidates for Arkansas licensure in the following areas:

  • Building Level Administrator
  • Curriculum Program Administrator-Curriculum
  • Curriculum Program Administrator-Special Education
  • District Level Administrator

Arkansas Department of Education Administrator Licensure 

Transfer work

All transfer work must be completed within the last 10 years and course artifacts from transferred courses which are aligned to ELCC and ISLLC standards must be included in Portfolio Defense/Exit Interview.  Upon approval, a maximum of six hours transfer work can be applied to the degree.  An official transcript from school of origin for transfer work is required in the graduate office to document coursework. 

Portfolio and exit interview

Candidates must complete a portfolio as part of the Educational Leadership program of study.

A portfolio is an individualized collection of purposeful, interrelated materials which is ongoing and flexible. The portfolio becomes an assessment tool, which leads to self-improvement through the development of reflective thinking and inquiry.  Candidates select artifacts from class assignments and align them to the appropriate Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). The portfolio is evaluated using a rubric aligned to the ELCC standards.