Non-Degree Learning Programs

Even if you’re not a student, you can still take advantage of the knowledgeable professors on Henderson’s campus.


Ellis College Community Classes

The university’s Ellis College of Arts & Sciences offers free classes in the spring on a number of topics to the public. Some examples of past topics include witchcraft in Early Modern Europe, pulp fiction and pop culture, and Caddo Indian history. Learn more.

Teacher Education

Summer Intensive Studio Classes: Henderson and the Dawson Educational Cooperative are co-sponsors of this five-day intensive workshop for art educators. The workshop provides 30 hours of professional development approved by the South Arkansas Math and Science STEM Center. Instructors from Henderson and other surrounding institutions offer classes in everything from printmaking to digital 3-D modeling. Housing is available. Learn more.


ESL Academy: The ESL Academy, which is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Dept of Education and Henderson, is designed to provide participating teachers with an ESL endorsement on their existing licensure. A typical ESL teacher-training program of this kind would require a year to two-year commitment. But participants can obtain the endorsement over the course of 13 days of intensive training plus the time it takes to complete homework and submit Praxis II scores. It is possible to complete the entire program in about six to eight weeks. Four graduate-level or undergraduate-level ESL endorsement classes are offered on Henderson’s campus or at a commuter location in Little Rock. About 20 top-notch ESL presenters from across the country are brought in to teach the classes. Henderson has participated in the academy for almost a decade. The popular program attracts about 200 participants each year. Learn more.

New Teacher Induction Retreat:Education Renewal Zone’s New Teacher Induction Retreat gives educators who are new to the discipline the confidence and the tools they need to help students succeed. The two-and-a-half day professional development workshop offers breakout sessions on a variety of pertinent topics such as classroom management, understanding children of poverty and strategies for teaching math. The program is open to teachers in any of the Dawson Educational Cooperative schools.
Teachers College, Henderson is home to the Alliance for Continuing Excellence in Education and the Southwest-A Educational Renewal Zone, comprised of a number of public schools, two-year colleges, and educational cooperatives working together to improve P-16 education in Arkansas.

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