Teachers College

Educational Leadership

The nationally recognized Educational Leadership program at Henderson State University serves PreK-12 educators in Arkansas and beyond. The program offers Master of Science in Education (MSE) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees as well as programs of study for building and district level leadership licenses. The EDL programs at Henderson State University prepare graduate students for school leadership positions at both the building and district levels.

The programs are driven by research and are delivered through coursework aligned to the standards for National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP), the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Students gain awareness, knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be productive and successful educational leaders.

The courses meet synchronously online. Instruction, lectures, and student presentations are delivered using web conferencing software. The course management system is utilized for continual communication with professors and class colleagues and for management of assignments. Online class sessions are scheduled throughout each semester and attendance is recommended.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Educational Leadership program must submit an online graduate school application form, submit their teaching license and arrange for official complete transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework to be sent directly to the Henderson State University Graduate School.

A student seeking admission to a particular degree program or program of study must satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School as well as requirements for the type of degree or program of study the applicant is pursuing.

For admission you must complete or send the following:

For Candidates Entering a Program in the Fall of 2023, Contact the Department Chair Concerning your Candidacy Form and Worksheet.


District Level Leadership—Superintendent Licensure

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership (District Level)

Program of Study for District Level Licensure in Educational Leadership

Building Level Leadership—Principal Licensure

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Principalship (Building Level)

Master of Science (MSE) in Educational Leadership (Building Level)

Program of Study for Building Level Licensure in Educational Leadership

Specialty Areas

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Curriculum

Curriculum Program Administrator Licensure Program of Study

Curriculum Program Administrator Special Education Program of Study—LEA Licensure

Master of Science in Technology Leadership (No Licensure)

Educational Technology Leadership (Certificate Program)

Instructional Facilitator (Certificate Program)


Dr. Holly Cothren
Associate Professor and Coordinator

Ashton Barrett
Administrative Assistant