Online Educational Leadership

Nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) 

How the Online Educational Program Works

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.

Educational Leadership Program

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.


Department of Advanced Instructional Studies and Educational Leadership
Education Building

Brenda Driggers

Degrees Offered

Non-degree Programs of Study

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 

Building level candidates are required to pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) prior to receiving their licenses. District level superintendent candidates are required to pass the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA) prior to receiving their license.


Link to Graduate Office tuition and fees.


Applicants for admission to the Educational Leadership program must submit an on-line graduate school application form, teaching license, and arrange for official complete transcripts of all undergraduate and/or graduate course work to be sent directly to the Henderson State University Graduate office. 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. . Items for admission:            

Transfer Work

All transfer work must be completed within the last ten (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 (6) 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/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.

Candidacy Forms