University of Central Arkansas

Introduction
AACSB Accredited

Vision

The University of Central Arkansas aspires to be a premier learner-focused public comprehensive university, a nationally recognized leader for its continuous record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, scholarly and creative endeavors, and engagement with local, national, and global communities.

Mission and Core Values

The University of Central Arkansas, a leader in 21st-century higher education, is committed to excellence through the delivery of outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that remains current and responsive to the diverse needs of those it serves. The university’s faculty and staff promote the intellectual, professional, social, and personal development of its students through innovations in learning, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Students, faculty, and staff partner to create strong engagement with the local, national, and global communities. The University of Central Arkansas dedicates itself to academic vitality, integrity, and diversity.

In carrying out this mission, the university is guided by the following core values:

Intellectual Excellence

We believe in lifelong intellectual development of students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to the free pursuit of knowledge and continuous growth in learning and teaching.

Educated Citizens: We believe in student success and in preparing students to engage complex issues and express informed opinion through critical thinking, writing, and speech. Given our institution’s historical roots in teacher education, this foundation inspires all of our colleges to work together to ensure our faculty and students promote instructional excellence and lifelong learning.

Scholarship: We believe that students and faculty should engage in professional development and scholarly endeavors that promote the creation and application of knowledge in all disciplines.

Cultural Competence: We believe that students should experience cultural activities as they grow in their appreciation for the diversity of ideas and peoples, both inside and outside the classroom.

Learning Environment: We believe that an outstanding physical infrastructure, along with a culture of excellence in all of our endeavors, provides an environment in which our students and faculty can thrive personally and intellectually. We further believe in providing state-of-the-art learning spaces.

Community

We value and respect as our greatest asset the people who make up our community–students, faculty, and staff, as well as the people connected to us through ties to our local community and region, the state of Arkansas, our nation, and the world. That is, we believe people are the focus of our institution.

Collegiality: We believe in processes of shared decision making based on productive synergistic interactions among our students, faculty, and staff, and disciplines in the pursuit of institutional goals.

Partnerships: We are dedicated to promoting outreach activities, community education, and partnerships with surrounding entities. We believe in collaborating with the citizens of our region, the state, the nation, and the world as well as those organizations and constituents with whom we work.

Safe and Healthy Environment: We promote a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment where our community members can flourish personally and socially as whole beings with obligations to improve their environment.

Service: We believe in sharing our academic and cultural resources and expertise with the public, educational institutions, businesses, cultural centers, and public and non-profit agencies, when appropriate. We work to enable students to integrate into the larger world to promote a commitment to public service through experiential education. Faculty and staff serve our state and local constituents by sharing their energy, talents, and experience.

Diversity

We are dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty and staff population and enhanced multicultural learning opportunities. We value the opportunity to work, learn, and develop in a community that embraces the diversity of individuals and ideas, including race, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, marital status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective.

Recruitment and Retention: We actively pursue and seek to retain a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.

Support: We maintain the highest academic quality and ensure that our programs remain innovative and responsive to the ever-changing and diverse needs of those we serve.

Knowledge: We seek to enhance interaction and understanding among diverse groups and cultivate enriched learning opportunities in a global community.

Integrity

We are committed to ethical and responsible behavior in our own actions and to developing the same commitment in our students, thus fostering individuals who will have the skills, knowledge, and ability to engage positively with a diverse and changing world. Our commitment extends to all levels of our campus to foster a climate of ethical conduct, respect, responsibility, and trust.

Ethics: We believe in acting with honesty, courage, and trustworthiness.

Respect: We support a community and climate of respect and thoughtfulness among students, faculty, staff, and the people of our community, state, nation, and the world.

Responsibility: We commit to being responsible and accountable in our operations at all levels of the institution, including continuous assessment of our academic programs and transparency in our fiscal and operational proceedings.

Trust: We value and continually seek to earn the public’s trust in all of our actions and words.

–Adopted by the UCA Board of Trustees, May 6, 2011

Affirmative Action

The Affirmative Action Officer reviews advertisements for all employee positions for wording and publication placement. This officer also reviews the search and screening process before an offer of employment is made. Advertisements for faculty and non-classified positions are placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education on a routine basis and most departments advertise in publications related to an academic discipline or associated with a unit’s function. Advertisements for classified positions are placed in local and statewide publications. Positions are advertised in the Log Cabin Democrat and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette when appropriate. Position announcements are also posted on appropriate internet sites. Additionally, each classified position vacancy that occurs on the UCA campus is listed with the Employment Security Division of Arkansas.

Economic Impact Study

This study illustrates the impact UCA has on economic development, students’ careers, and the quality of life for citizens in the university’s service area.

The report was prepared by Iowa based company EMSI, a leading provider of socioeconomic impact and strategic planning tools to colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. The company used two major analyses to conduct the study – investment and economic growth.

Some of the highlights of the report are:

  • Taxpayers see a rate of return of 7.9 percent on their investment in UCA.
  • UCA contributes a total of $96.6 million in income to the UCA Service Area economy each year.
  • For every dollar students invest in UCA, they receive a cumulative $5.30 in higher future income.
  • The average annual added income due to the activities of UCA and its former students equals $426.1 million.

Get up, get out, and get involved!

Student Life provides opportunities for learning, leadership, community building, creative expression, volunteerism, mentoring, and much, much more.

UCA offers over 200 student organizations, clubs, and recreational activities to help students engage in campus life, and to become active members of the UCA community.

What is The Bear Den?

The Bear Den is a student led sports promotion and school spirit organization. We organize Pep-rallies, Tailgates, Midnight Madness, Football Yell Leaders, Homecoming Activities, Family Day Activities, and much, much more!

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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MA

Master of Arts in English

Campus Full time 30 hours September 2018 USA Conway

The Master’s in English program at UCA boasts stellar faculty, three tracks for completing the degree, unique opportunities beyond the classroom (graduate assistantships, internships, etc.), and a small program with a high faculty-to-student ratio. We love what we do and are excited to work with graduate students. [+]

The Master’s in English program at UCA boasts stellar faculty, three tracks for completing the degree, unique opportunities beyond the classroom (graduate assistantships, internships, etc.), and a small program with a high faculty-to-student ratio. We love what we do and are excited to work with graduate students. Graduate Assistantships, Internships, and Unique Learning Opportunities: Currently, we offer three department graduate assistantships each year, which provide valuable experience in the following venues: assisting with the production of the poetry journal, Slant; working with faculty on research projects; facilitating the activities of the undergraduate English Society; and coordinating the College of Liberal Arts Student Research Symposium. (Graduate assistantships come with a modest stipend—$9,333—paid over the course of nine months.) From time to time, we provide advanced students the opportunity to teach their own introductory literature course. (Graduate students who teach a course are paid $2,600 for the semester.) Along with assistantships and teaching opportunities, we also can help students secure internships. The department internship coordinator can work with graduate students individually to create unique learning opportunities for graduate credit to be earned while working within the community. Last, while assistantships and internships enrich graduate education, graduate coursework itself enables students to take advantage of resources within the state. The Research Methods course, for example, regularly familiarizes students with archival research at the Sequoyah National Research Center in Little Rock, the largest repository of American Indian Print Culture in the world. Because our program emphasizes broad coverage in American and British literary history,... [-]

Master of Arts in History

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 30 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Department of History at the University of Central Arkansas is proud to offer a rigorous comprehensive Master’s program that is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. Our seminar-based curriculum provides venues for expanding content knowledge, introducing historiography, and practicing research methods in courses designed to produce original research. [+]

The Department of History at the University of Central Arkansas is proud to offer a rigorous comprehensive Master’s program that is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. Our seminar-based curriculum provides venues for expanding content knowledge, introducing historiography, and practicing research methods in courses designed to produce original research. We pride ourselves in training students to be scholars and teachers at all levels of education and for careers beyond academia. Our students have matriculated to PhD programs such as the University of Chicago and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. They have launched, or continued, fulfilling careers at the Clinton Presidential Center, the Old State House Museum, and in various public and charter schools. Whether you have just earned your BA or have been teaching or working for years, our MA program can help you achieve your goals. Why UCA? Don’t just learn history; do history. Our students have the opportunity to do original, archival research, and present at national conferences. Learn from the best. Our award-winning professors offer unique classes, like Holocausts in History, and have the opportunity to develop special, tailored classes. Gain critical skills for the real world. Your experience is built on what you learn in class and what you practice in research, analysis, writing, and presentation. These skills are necessary for success within academia and beyond. The department’s faculty create a dynamic learning environment that fosters close interaction between students and professors. Our seminar-based curriculum ensures that each student in the graduate... [-]

Master of Arts in Mathematical Education

Campus Full time Part time 30 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Master of Arts (MA) in mathematics education features mathematics courses developed to increase the mathematical content knowledge of secondary teachers and prepare candidates for teaching in the community college or pursuing further graduate studies. The program is designed so that a teacher can complete the required courses by attending two consecutive summers and enrolling in evening courses during the intermittent fall and spring semesters or by attending full-time for a year including both summer terms. For those candidates considering more advanced graduate studies, a thesis option is also available to expose candidates to research methods in mathematics education. [+]

[1] Introduction The Master of Arts (MA) in mathematics education features mathematics courses developed to increase the mathematical content knowledge of secondary teachers and prepare candidates for teaching in the community college or pursuing further graduate studies. The program is designed so that a teacher can complete the required courses by attending two consecutive summers and enrolling in evening courses during the intermittent fall and spring semesters or by attending full-time for a year including both summer terms. For those candidates considering more advanced graduate studies, a thesis option is also available to expose candidates to research methods in mathematics education. [2] Program Admission Requirements To be admitted to the MA degree program in mathematics education one must have A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; Adequate preparation in mathematics; At least a 2.70 GPA; and Achieve satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam. [3] Degree Requirements All MA Graduate Students: To obtain the MA degree in mathematics education, a candidate must earn 30 graduate hours in mathematics within six years. Electives must be approved by a candidate’s graduate advisor. Thesis Option: For the thesis option, a candidate must take at least six thesis hours for research. At the end of the thesis hours, a candidate must produce a written thesis and present results. Non-Thesis Option: For the non-thesis option, the six additional elective hours may be selected from graduate courses in mathematics and may include courses at the 5000 level with the approval of the... [-]

Master of Arts in Music

Campus Full time Part time 31 - 34 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

Graduate work in music is designed to provide advanced professional training. The Master of Music in Music Education degree program provides advanced study of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools and professional preparation for those who already possess initial certification. Other Master of Music concentrations provide specialized study in performance, conducting, and music theory. Graduate Assistantships are available in all areas and are awarded based on merit. For theory, a score of 75% or better on the UCA music theory entrance exam is required. For performance and conducting areas, an audition with area faculty is required. For conducting and education areas, a taped performance of the applicant’s ensemble is required. [+]

Graduate work in music is designed to provide advanced professional training. The Master of Music in Music Education degree program provides advanced study of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools and professional preparation for those who already possess initial certification. Other Master of Music concentrations provide specialized study in performance, conducting, and music theory. Graduate Assistantships are available in all areas and are awarded based on merit. For theory, a score of 75% or better on the UCA music theory entrance exam is required. For performance and conducting areas, an audition with area faculty is required. For conducting and education areas, a taped performance of the applicant’s ensemble is required. Students can pursue the following degrees: Masters of Music in Performance [3.3] [3.4] [3.5] Masters of Music in Music Theory [3.8] Masters of Music in Conducting [3.6] [3.7] Masters of Music in Music Education [3.2] [1] Objectives Graduate work in music is designed to provide advanced professional training. The Music Education concentration in the Master of Music degree program provides advanced study of music teaching in elementary and secondary schools and professional preparation for those who already possess initial certification. Other Master of Music concentrations provide specialized study in performance, conducting, and music theory. [2] Program Admission Requirements In addition to other Graduate School admission requirements: For performance and conducting areas: An audition with area faculty. Performance in the area of specialization is to reflect the basic proficiency of a college undergraduate. For vocal performance: Diction and comprehension examinations... [-]

Master of Arts in Spanish

Campus Full time Part time 30 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

All graduates will attain at least an advanced-high level proficiency in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) according to the standards set by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Graduates will acquire cross-cultural competencies that will serve them in a variety of career options, including education, business, and public service. [+]

Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Spanish, this program will broaden your expertise in Spanish language, culture, and literature while also bringing you up to date with current issues in Hispanic studies. All graduates will attain at least an advanced-high level proficiency in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) according to the standards set by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Graduates will acquire cross-cultural competencies that will serve them in a variety of career options, including education, business, and public service. Graduate students who have earned teacher certification may take advantage of their graduate study to add an ESL and/or P-8 endorsement to their certificate. Whether you plan to use Spanish in the workplace or the classroom, your work in the M.A. program will challenge you to achieve greater cultural and linguistic fluency. Some of our recent MA graduates are currently teaching in high schools, colleges, and universities across the state. Here’s what some of them have to say about the program: “My studies at UCA definitely prepared me for this job.” —Irmina Fabricio, Spanish Instructor at Hendrix College, teaching elementary and intermediate Spanish courses “Hasta hoy en día, lo que enseño en mi clase tiene gran influencia de tus clases, y de mis clases de la maestría. Leemos Gabriel García Márquez en mis clases avanzadas y hablamos de la historia de Latinoamérica, y por la clase de Dr. Parrack, siempre estoy haciendo referencia a la evolución de la lengua española desde... [-]

Master of Arts in Teaching

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 36 - 39 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

Established by the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas, the MAT program prepares highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent graduates of higher education to be Arkansas classroom teachers. [+]

Established by the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas, the MAT program prepares highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent graduates of higher education to be Arkansas classroom teachers. The MAT graduate degree program is: Designed for individuals without teaching credentials but who have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to become a teacher in an expeditious fashion. Intended to assist potential teachers, those having a baccalaureate degree in a content area, to become practicing educators. A 36 to 39-hour graduate degree program with two tracks: 4-8 Middle Level (39 hours) and Secondary(K–12, 4-12, & 7–12). Beginning in Fall 2017, the MAT program will have 3 tracks: K-6, Middle Level, and Secondary(K-12, 4-12, and 7-12). All tracks will be 39-hour graduate degree programs. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Is the program online? While the program is predominantly online and does meet the Arkansas established guidelines for an online program, a few of the MAT classes have minimal face-to-face (F2F) meeting requirements and the program has a few face-to-face meeting requirements (see bulleted list below). You can see what classes have meetings by reviewing the MAT Program of Study. A NEW Program of Study will begin for all MAT students beginning in Fall 2017. These documents indicates which classes do have face-to-face requirements and how often they meet. You can also look up class schedules by semester by visiting www.uca.edu/scheduleor by looking at the resources www.uca.edu/teaching. Classes that do have face-to-face components primarily occur early in the program of... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Conway

Our goal is to provide graduate students the opportunity to concentrate on the study, practice, and teaching of Creative Writing in a highly focused writing program taught primarily by writers for writers. At 60 hours, this three-year program will ensure that graduates build multi-genre backgrounds in the popular discipline of Creative Writing through workshops, forms courses, topics courses, a wide variety of electives, and specialized teaching and editing practicums. [+]

Thank you for your interest in the Arkansas Writers MFA Program. Be sure to check out other links in this website to find out more about our program. What follows is a brief description of our program and what we hope it can do for you. The Arkansas Writers MFA is a writing-intensive studio program in Creative Writing that will uniquely prepare graduates for careers in writing pedagogy and publishing. Our goal is to provide graduate students the opportunity to concentrate on the study, practice, and teaching of Creative Writing in a highly focused writing program taught primarily by writers for writers. At 60 hours, this three-year program will ensure that graduates build multi-genre backgrounds in the popular discipline of Creative Writing through workshops, forms courses, topics courses, a wide variety of electives, and specialized teaching and editing practicums. To ensure individualized attention, the program will admit 5 to 8 students annually. By the third year, the program will maintain an enrollment of approximately 15 graduate students. After being trained, some students will be offered mentored graduate assistantships for teaching introductory undergraduate classes in Writing; others will receive departmental support as graduate assistants in the Writing Center. Sponsored Programs and Torreyson Library at UCA have also pledged their support for employing graduate students in the proposed MFA program in Creative Writing. All students will complete a thesis project. Our students will have the opportunity to pursue internships with local arts organizations and non-profits as well as with the nationally recognized... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Conway

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking is a three-year, 60 credit hour terminal degree. Upon completion of the MFA program, graduates will be fully qualified to teach at the university level or compete in the ever changing landscape of the motion picture industry. The program emphasizes production skills through both a series of production seminars and the thesis project. In addition, students are required to take courses in writing, history, and theory in order to create a more well rounded education. Students are expected to enroll full time and take nine credits a semester. Students complete two years of full time course work. In their third year, students write, direct, produce, and edit a thesis film (approximately 30 minutes). [+]

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking is a three-year, 60 credit hour terminal degree. Upon completion of the MFA program, graduates will be fully qualified to teach at the university level or compete in the ever changing landscape of the motion picture industry. The program emphasizes production skills through both a series of production seminars and the thesis project. In addition, students are required to take courses in writing, history, and theory in order to create a more well rounded education. Students are expected to enroll full time and take nine credits a semester. Students complete two years of full time course work. In their third year, students write, direct, produce, and edit a thesis film (approximately 30 minutes). About the MFA Program The M.F.A. program is a three-year, full-time program. Students complete two years of full time course work before they begin the thesis project in the third year. Highlights One of the lowest tuition rates in the country for both in-state and out-of-state tuition Highly competitive, accepting no more than ten new students each year. Small class sizes mean an intimate program, with lots of contact with faculty. The latest in digital filmmaking technology. Dedicated, award winning faculty. 24/7 access to production facilities, including dedicated editing suites, sound recording booth, two sound stages with green screens, and computer labs. A structured curriculum allows students to build up their knowledge and focus on taking classes, not planning class schedules. Every student directs their own thesis project Strong... [-]

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Master of Science in Applied Computing

Campus Full time 34 hours September 2018 USA Conway

The Master of Science in Applied Computing is designed to provide intensive preparation in both concepts and techniques related to applications of computing systems. [+]

Objectives and outcomes The Master of Science in Applied Computing is designed to provide intensive preparation in both concepts and techniques related to applications of computing systems. The program objectives for graduates are: Be able to identify meaningful applied computing problems and to conduct application driven research work independently or within an academic, a business, an industrial, or other environment in a professional, legal, and ethical framework; Be able to apply theories, principles and concepts with technologies to creatively design, develop, and verify computational solutions that integrate available software and hardware systems to resolve issues in variety application domains for individuals, groups, and organizations; Grow as mature professional and be able and willing to take leadership roles with advanced knowledge of computer science and applications in inter- and cross- disciplinary areas; Keep current in the field through continuing professional growth and development to advance self-selected career paths and to contribute to society. Upon completing this degree program, a student should have the following abilities as the educational outcomes: An ability to apply computer science and related knowledge to develop computational solutions that meet specific requirements appropriately in an application domain; An ability to clearly present computational solutions to a range of audience both orally and in writing; An ability to identify and to specify computing requirements of an application and to design, implement, evaluate, and justify computational solutions; An ability to work effectively on teams with diverse educational, cultural, and technical backgrounds to achieve common objectives; An ability to contribute... [-]

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

Campus Full time 30 - 33 hours September 2018 USA Conway

The Master of Science (MS) program in applied mathematics features mathematics courses developed to prepare candidates for working in business or government agencies, or pursuing further graduate studies. By applying techniques taught in these courses to business, engineering, planning and other areas, significant problems can be studied using analytic, statistical, and numerical methods. To graduate, candidates must pass two comprehensive exams in their last semester. For those candidates considering more advanced graduate studies, a thesis option is available in lieu of comprehensive exams to expose candidates to research methods in applied mathematics. [+]

[1] Introduction The Master of Science (MS) program in applied mathematics features mathematics courses developed to prepare candidates for working in business or government agencies, or pursuing further graduate studies. By applying techniques taught in these courses to business, engineering, planning and other areas, significant problems can be studied using analytic, statistical, and numerical methods. To graduate, candidates must pass two comprehensive exams in their last semester. For those candidates considering more advanced graduate studies, a thesis option is available in lieu of comprehensive exams to expose candidates to research methods in applied mathematics. [2] Program Admission Requirements To be admitted to the MS degree program in applied mathematics one must have A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; Adequate preparation in mathematics; At least a 2.70 GPA; and Achieve satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam. [3] Degree Requirements All MS Graduate Students: Courses must include a minimum of 18 hours at 6000-level and these Core Courses: MATH 6342 Mathematical Modeling MATH 6345 Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations MATH 6348 Numerical Analysis The remaining hours may include other courses at the 5000-level with the approval of student’s advisory committee. A candidate can choose one of the two options: Thesis option or Non-Thesis option. The candidate will select the option when the Petition for Candidacy is submitted. A candidate can change his or her option, but will be allowed no more than one change of option. Thesis option: For the thesis option, a candidate must earn 30... [-]

Master of Science in Biology

Campus Full time 30 - 34 hours September 2018 USA Conway

Advanced knowledge of biological principles and research methodology is often required for positions in industrial, research and educational organizations or for admission to doctoral or professional programs. Students in the Master of Science program are provided instruction in a breadth of biology sub-disciplines and have the opportunity to conduct focused research guided by graduate faculty in an area of their choice. The objectives of the Master of Science program are to develop the student’s independent research skills, to strengthen the student’s scientific communication abilities, and to enhance the student’s likelihood of gaining employment in a biological field or successful admission into doctoral and professional programs. [+]

Purpose Advanced knowledge of biological principles and research methodology is often required for positions in industrial, research and educational organizations or for admission to doctoral or professional programs. Students in the Master of Science program are provided instruction in a breadth of biology sub-disciplines and have the opportunity to conduct focused research guided by graduate faculty in an area of their choice. The objectives of the Master of Science program are to develop the student’s independent research skills, to strengthen the student’s scientific communication abilities, and to enhance the student’s likelihood of gaining employment in a biological field or successful admission into doctoral and professional programs. For admission, students need to submit the following: Application to Graduate School Biology application sent to the Biology Graduate Coordinator. All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Biology faculty to identify a prospective advisor(s). Applicants who have not communicated with faculty are unlikely to be admitted. Scores for the GRE general test sent to the Graduate School. Also, report your scores directly to the Biology Graduate Coordinator. For a teaching assistantship, students need to submit the following: Application for a teaching assistantship sent to the Graduate School. Recommendations and deadlines on obtaining a teaching assistantship can be found at the following file. At least two letters of recommendation sent to the Biology Graduate Coordinator. Applicants have usually completed at least the equivalent of a minor in biology; however, we welcome applications from students with non-biology backgrounds. Deficiencies in previous training will be evaluated by... [-]

Master of Science in Exercise Science

Campus Full time Part time 36 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers the Master of Science with thesis/non-thesis option. The MS degree is designed to develop a high level of knowledge and competence in the many different professional programs associated with the discipline–pedagogy, fitness, sport leadership. The degree is a multi-purpose degree that can prepare the candidate for teaching or for service in an area outside the field of education. This degree, particularly with the thesis option, can also serve as preparation for work at the doctoral level. [+]

M.S. in Exercise Science The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers the Master of Science with thesis/non-thesis option. The MS degree is designed to develop a high level of knowledge and competence in the many different professional programs associated with the discipline–pedagogy, fitness, sport leadership. The degree is a multi-purpose degree that can prepare the candidate for teaching or for service in an area outside the field of education. This degree, particularly with the thesis option, can also serve as preparation for work at the doctoral level. Program Admission and Retention Requirements Admission to graduate study and admission to candidacy for the Master of Science degree in Exercise Science will be the same as stated in the current Graduate Bulletin. Score report on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Section must be submitted prior to admission. Retention in the program will be the same as stated in the current Graduate Bulletin, except it will feature a “maximum of three Cs restriction.” That is, Master of Science degree candidates majoring in Exercise Science will not be allowed to have more than three Cs recorded for graduate work. The fourth C earned by the degree candidate will result in dismissal from the graduate program. [1] Objectives The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers the Master of Science with a thesis/non-thesis option. The MS degree is designed to develop a high level of knowledge and competence in exercise science. The goal of this degree is for students to gain a deeper... [-]

Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 30 - 36 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences leads to the Master of Science degree. The program is designed to serve the needs of qualified students preparing for Family and Consumer Sciences careers in business, education, hospitals, industry, government,community agencies,and for entering adoctoralprograminFamily and Consumer Sciences or in a related discipline. [+]

The graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences leads to the Master of Science degree. The program is designed to serve the needs of qualified students preparing for Family and Consumer Sciences careers in business, education, hospitals, industry, government,community agencies,and for entering adoctoralprograminFamily and Consumer Sciences or in a related discipline. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Admission to the M.S. degree in Family and Consumer Sciences requires the student to have a baccalaureate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences or an allied area and meet entrance requirements for graduate school. In addition to entrance requirements for the graduate school, satisfactory scores on the General Section of the Graduate Record Examinations(GRE) must be submitted. SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS For the M.S. degree the student must fulfill one of the following options: THESIS OPTION - (30 hours to include thesis) Core Requirements (9 hours) FACS 6300 - Current Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences(online) FACS 6335 – Evidence Based Research in Nutrition (online) OR ASTL 6380 Research Methods OR HSC 6379 Research in Health(Online) FACS 6350 – Statistical Methods in FACS (online) OR ASTL 6382 - Educational Statistics(online) Thesis Research (6 hours) FACS 6344 - Thesis Research I FACS 6345 - Thesis Research II (The procedures for selecting and writing a thesis will be the same as prescribed in the current Graduate Bulletin.) Specialization Track (12 hours) Student will select one of the specialization tracks listed on page 2. Elective (3 hours) - Electives in an allied area approved by major advisor Additional Requirements Thesis: Must... [-]

Master of Science in School Counseling

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 48 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The University of Central Arkansas offers a Master’s of Science (MS) in Professional School Counseling. The program of study consists of 48 semester hours including practicum and internship field experiences. The program is offered in an online format that includes primarily synchronous class sessions with occasional asynchronous and face-to-face sessions at the UCA main campus in Conway, AR. The purpose of this program is to prepare professional school counselors for creating, implementing, and maintaining comprehensive developmental school counseling programs based on state and national standards. The program curriculum aligns with the American School Counselor Association, National Model, and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Standards. A primary goal of the program is to train professional school counselors to become leaders, collaborators, and advocates in their school, community, and the profession of school counseling. [+]

General Program Information The University of Central Arkansas offers a Master’s of Science (MS) in Professional School Counseling. The program of study consists of 48 semester hours including practicum and internship field experiences. The program is offered in an online format that includes primarily synchronous class sessions with occasional asynchronous and face-to-face sessions at the UCA main campus in Conway, AR. The purpose of this program is to prepare professional school counselors for creating, implementing, and maintaining comprehensive developmental school counseling programs based on state and national standards. The program curriculum aligns with the American School Counselor Association, National Model, and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Standards. A primary goal of the program is to train professional school counselors to become leaders, collaborators, and advocates in their school, community, and the profession of school counseling. There are two tracks available to gaining licensure as a professional school counselor in Arkansas. This program prepares students in each track: Initial Licensure Track – Prepares individuals without an Arkansas teaching license to become professional school counselors Add-on Licensure Track – Prepares those individuals that possess an Arkansas teaching license for additional licensure in the area of professional school counseling Professional school counselors provide comprehensive school counseling services at public and private educational institutions. These services are focused on the career, social/emotional, and academic development of students. Professional school counselors employ leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change to enhance learning for all children. On-campus requirements for the School Counseling program can be found... [-]

Master of Science in School Psychology

Campus Full time 60 hours September 2018 USA Conway

Housed within the Department of Psychology and Counseling in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the program emphasizes the professional identity of school psychologists within the broader field of psychology, a breadth and depth of professional training that prepares candidates to competently perform a variety of school psychology functions, and an education that values and respects cultural diversity among candidates, faculty, and service recipients. [+]

Program Description The mission of the 60-hour specialist-level NASP-approved School Psychology M.S. Program at the University of Central Arkansas is to prepare entry level school psychologists to apply scientifically-based psychological and educational principles and practices in all dimensions of their professional work. Graduates of the program are expected to be reflective and competent professionals committed to the increased understanding of human behavior, continuing professional development, best practices in school psychology, cultural respect and diversity, and ethical standards of professional practice as articulated by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Housed within the Department of Psychology and Counseling in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the program emphasizes the professional identity of school psychologists within the broader field of psychology, a breadth and depth of professional training that prepares candidates to competently perform a variety of school psychology functions, and an education that values and respects cultural diversity among candidates, faculty, and service recipients. Highlights of the program include: 60-credit-hour program including 1,200 hour internship (3 years total) Graduate Assistantship positions available – apply through UCA Graduate School Close working relationships with School Psychology faculty members Opportunities for leadership in departmental graduate student association and as student representatives to Arkansas School Psychology Association and National Association of School Psychologists Typically, 6-8 students admitted each year Program, including classes, operates during daytime hours only Prospective Students All applicants for the Masters program in School Psychology must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School... [-]

MSc in College Student Personnel Services & Administration

Campus or Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The College Student Personnel Services and Administration (CSPA) program provides professional preparation for students seeking student services positions in both two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions. The program is interdisciplinary to prepare student services administrators for diverse areas of responsibility, including campus climate and diversity, finance, budgeting, grant writing, assessment, leadership, and legal/ethical issues. [+]

The College Student Personnel Services and Administration (CSPA) program provides professional preparation for students seeking student services positions in both two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions. The program is interdisciplinary to prepare student services administrators for diverse areas of responsibility, including campus climate and diversity, finance, budgeting, grant writing, assessment, leadership, and legal/ethical issues. Consistent with the standards and beliefs stated by ACPA: College Student Educators International, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS), UCA’s course of study offers opportunities to experience the exciting relationship between theory and practice. Students are expected to meet the intellectual challenges of coursework, assistantships, and professional involvement, while participating in learning experiences leading to an understanding of college student development, collegiate subcultures, organizational dynamics, and the nature of higher education. The CSPA specialization provides coursework and practice leading to a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services and Administration. Cohort Model The CSPA program follows a cohort model in which approximately 15-20 students are admitted to pursue courses concurrently. Students take their classes with the members in their cohort during the two-year track. Students benefit from: Mutual academic and emotional support for program success and timely completion Camaraderie and collaborative learning with experienced colleagues Lasting personal ties and professional networks that aid in career development and ongoing professional growth Program Requirements The program integrates theory with practice by combining academic preparation with field-based experiences and internships. The program also provides students access to graduate-level instruction... [-]

MSc in Education Reading / Dyslexia Therapist

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 30 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education in the College of Education is proud to offer the MSE in Reading Program. This NCATE/ILA accredited program provides graduate candidates with the opportunity to extend their areas of licensure by pursuing graduate degrees. All graduate faculty members are dedicated to excellence in their profession and have received awards and recognition in leadership, scholarship, and service to the areas in which they teach. [+]

The Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education in the College of Education is proud to offer the MSE in Reading Program. This NCATE/ILA accredited program provides graduate candidates with the opportunity to extend their areas of licensure by pursuing graduate degrees. All graduate faculty members are dedicated to excellence in their profession and have received awards and recognition in leadership, scholarship, and service to the areas in which they teach. The primary purposes of this program are to 1) prepare reading specialists/literacy coaches/ with advanced knowledge, strategies, leadership skills and professional dispositions that will allow them to work with struggling readers and writers, assist other classroom teachers in various aspects of teaching, and lead the reading/literacy program in the public schools and other institutions; 2) help classroom teachers improve their reading/literacy instruction. The program is designed to meet the performance standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAPE), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Information for Prospective Students The newly revised M.S.E in Reading is a 30 credit hour online program designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the discipline of reading while also meeting requirements for the Arkansas Reading Specialist License. The Reading program content equips reading specialists to be effective in today’s educational setting, prepares professionals to meet the educational and social/emotional needs of students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities, and meets the standards of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and International Dyslexia Association... [-]

MSc in Library Media and Information Technologies

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 36 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The goal of the graduate program in library media and information technologies is to prepare individuals for professional positions in a variety of information and educational settings. The Library Media and Information Technologies program, located within the Department of Leadership Studies, is designed for individuals who may be (1) planning careers in school library media centers at the elementary, middle, and secondary district levels and at regional educational cooperatives or, (2) planning careers as children and youth librarians in public, college, and special information centers. [+]

Welcome to the Masters of Library Media and Information Technologies program at UCA. The Library Media and Information Technologies program is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians as an exemplary School Library program in the U.S. With a 99% PRAXIS II content pass rate in School Library Media, the LIBM program has one of the largest graduate programs for School Librarians in the state of Arkansas. General Program Information The goal of the graduate program in library media and information technologies is to prepare individuals for professional positions in a variety of information and educational settings. The Library Media and Information Technologies program, located within the Department of Leadership Studies, is designed for individuals who may be (1) planning careers in school library media centers at the elementary, middle, and secondary district levels and at regional educational cooperatives or, (2) planning careers as children and youth librarians in public, college, and special information centers. On-campus requirements for the LIBM program can be found on the Program of Study linked here. LIBM Program Application Deadline Deadlines: Aug 1 = Fall Dec 1 = Spring May 1 = Summer * An application deadline extension may be granted. Information for Prospective Students The Library Media and Information Technologies program is built upon the guiding principals of AASL’s Empowering Learners, the program standards of the American Association of School Librarians, and the program standards for School Library Media by the state of Arkansas. The LIBM degree is comprised of 36 semester... [-]

MSc in Mental Health Counseling

Campus Full time Part time 60 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Mental Health Counseling Program is designed so that it may serve as a terminal degree or as a foundation for prospective doctoral students. Many graduates from this program establish private practices or work in various mental health centers, community agencies, and hospitals. The program consists of sixty (60) semester hours of course work including a one semester internship. Graduates can become Licensed Professional Counselors through the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling. [+]

Program Description The Mental Health Counseling Program is designed so that it may serve as a terminal degree or as a foundation for prospective doctoral students. Many graduates from this program establish private practices or work in various mental health centers, community agencies, and hospitals. The program consists of sixty (60) semester hours of course work including a one semester internship. Graduates can become Licensed Professional Counselors through the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling. Student Learner Outcomes Graduates of the program will have knowledge of a variety of counseling theories & therapeutic techniques and be able to demonstrate their appropriate use with various populations. Graduates of the program will have gained sufficient knowledge of ethical and professional standards of care to effectively engage in a therapeutic relationship within a counseling setting. Graduates of the program will have received adequate training to enable them to become Licensed Professional Counselors in the state of Arkansas. Graduates of the program will successfully enter the mental health profession. Prospective Students Deadline for application to the Department of Psychology & Counseling is January 15 annually. Late applications will only be considered if all positions are not filled. Application to the UCA Graduate School – at least three weeks before department application deadline: Online application and fee payment Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – general test Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework Application to the Mental Health Counseling program: Mental Health Counseling Program Application – hard copy of program application form... [-]

MSc in School Leadership, Management, and Administration

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 48 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Master of Science degree in School Leadership, Management, and Administration (SLMA) reflects the College of Education’s historic mission and commitment to preparing leaders for P-12 schools. The Department of Leadership Studies offers a performance-based, 34 credit hour degree program for building and curriculum/program administrators. Programs of study are available for people holding appropriate master’s degrees. The program utilizes a variety of 21st century technologies, authentic assessments, and personalized internships. [+]

General Program Information The Master of Science degree in School Leadership, Management, and Administration (SLMA) reflects the College of Education’s historic mission and commitment to preparing leaders for P-12 schools. The Department of Leadership Studies offers a performance-based, 34 credit hour degree program for building and curriculum/program administrators. Programs of study are available for people holding appropriate master’s degrees. The program utilizes a variety of 21st century technologies, authentic assessments, and personalized internships. The SLMA program uses a hybrid delivery system with a combination of Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate (a VoIP virtual classroom), and/or face-to-face class meetings. Candidates enjoy direct and individualized contact with their professors in small class settings. SLMA enjoys an average class size ratio of 15:1. SLMA is a CAEP accredited program. Each of the leadership courses is built upon the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards for School Leaders. Students are required to pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) to receive the degree and/or license. One of the many services we extend to our students is a test prep day prior to taking the SLLA. The percentage of graduates successfully completing the examination on the first attempt is among the highest in the state. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) will be waived for individuals holding a valid teaching certificate. On-campus requirements for the SLMA program can be found on the Program of Study linked here. Master of Science in School Leadership, Management, and Administration – Building Administration Licensure Complete Coursework: Six Semesters Credit Hours: 34... [-]

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Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Campus or Online Full time Part time 30 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

UCA’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) provides advanced, in-depth training in accounting, business, and leadership for those individuals engaged in or seeking professional careers in accounting. Due to continuous changes in global business environment, accountants need deeper and broader knowledge than ever before. The MAcc program helps to provide a student with the skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing business environment. The program is comprehensive and develops students’ conceptual and technical accounting competence, communication skills, research and analytical abilities, and leadership skills. [+]

Developing Accounting Professionals through Scholarship, Leadership, Communication, and Research. UCA’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) provides advanced, in-depth training in accounting, business, and leadership for those individuals engaged in or seeking professional careers in accounting. Due to continuous changes in global business environment, accountants need deeper and broader knowledge than ever before. The MAcc program helps to provide a student with the skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing business environment. The program is comprehensive and develops students’ conceptual and technical accounting competence, communication skills, research and analytical abilities, and leadership skills. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants recommends that individuals entering the accounting profession have five years of collegiate preparation. Responding to this need, the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy requires that all individuals receiving a Certified Public Accountants license have one-hundred-fifty (150) semester hours of college credit. Obtaining a MAcc is one way to obtain the required 150 hours for the CPA license and to gain an in-depth knowledge of accounting and leadership. Graduates of the MAcc program are well prepared for careers in public accounting, industry, and government, or to continue on to a Ph.D. program or law school. Admission to the MAcc Program Students applying for admission to the Master of Accountancy program must complete the Graduate School admission requirements (a graduate school application, application fee, send official transcripts) and the office of International Programs (TOEFL score). In addition, the following conditions must be met for admission to the Master of Accountancy program... [-]

Master of Geographic Information Systems

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 30 - 36 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree is modeled after the online Executive MBA programs. Students who enroll in the degree will ideally have had previous GIS coursework (having taken at least one GIS course at the undergraduate or graduate level) or be currently employed in a position which requires the use of GIS or GIS-based information services (i.e., either a GIS professional seeking greater training or someone who must manage GIS workers or who needs information from a GIS to perform his/her job). [+]

Master of GIS Degree (This is an online degree) The Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree is modeled after the online Executive MBA programs. Students who enroll in the degree will ideally have had previous GIS coursework (having taken at least one GIS course at the undergraduate or graduate level) or be currently employed in a position which requires the use of GIS or GIS-based information services (i.e., either a GIS professional seeking greater training or someone who must manage GIS workers or who needs information from a GIS to perform his/her job). Minimum Admission Requirements To enroll in the Master of GIS degree program, students must meet the requirements to be admitted into UCA's Graduate School as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin , including: 1) a bachelor's degree, 2) a GPA of 3.0, and 3) each student must have successfully completed at least one college-level GIS course or be currently employed in an agency/business where GIS is frequently used by the student. In consultation with Dr. Jeff Allender, Chair of the Department of Geography, exceptions to #3 will be considered. Degree Options The Master of GIS degree has two options, a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Important information regarding timelines and required courses are provided below for both options. Course Requirements – Thesis Option The 30-hour, Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree (thesis option) is configured as outlined below: Required Courses (27 credit hours) GEOG 5310 Geographic Information Systems GEOG 5315 Mapping Fundamentals for GIS GEOG... [-]

Masters in Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership

Online Full time Part time 30 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (ASTL) is a 30-credit hour online degree program designed to enhance and expand your existing knowledge, skills, and dispositions while further developing the core competencies expected of advanced educators. [+]

ASTL Graduate Degree Program The Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (ASTL) is a 30-credit hour online degree program designed to enhance and expand your existing knowledge, skills, and dispositions while further developing the core competencies expected of advanced educators. The ASTL degree program prepares graduates with opportunities to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to and beneficial for: Responding positively to classroom practices that enhance student learning. Critically analyzing classroom practices and appropriately responding to the findings. Articulating the rationale for decisions regarding professional practice, classroom instruction, and classroom/school policies and procedures. Making informed decisions by reflecting on experiences both past and present to improve teaching practices that enhance student learning. Becoming change leaders for the improvement of their schools. Program Tracks The ASTL program of study consists of five core courses (ASTL 6302 Models of Teaching, ASTL 6303 Teacher Leadership, ASTL 6305 Classroom Assessment, ASTL 6380 Research Methods, and ASTL 6315 Investigation of Learning and Development through Multiple Contexts) followed by five courses from one of eight tracks. The tracks are as follows: Teacher Leadership Track (Fully Online) – This track is designed for all teachers wishing to become teacher leaders within their own schools and districts Gifted and Talented Track (Fully Online) – This track is designed for classroom teachers wishing to add a gifted and talented endorsement to their licensure. Content Area / Generalist Track - This track is designed for teachers who want to improve their classroom practice using the most current knowledge.... [-]

Masters of Instructional Technology

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 36 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

Instructional Technology is a growing field in education, business and government environments. Instructional technology combines instructional design and uses technology as a tool to reach instructional goals. Careers in Instructional Technology include instructional designers, multimedia designers, technology specialist, corporate trainers, and technology support among others. On this page you will find General Program Information, as well as information for Prospective and Current Students. [+]

Instructional Technology is a growing field in education, business and government environments. Instructional technology combines instructional design and uses technology as a tool to reach instructional goals. Careers in Instructional Technology include instructional designers, multimedia designers, technology specialist, corporate trainers, and technology support among others. On this page you will find General Program Information, as well as information for Prospective and Current Students. General Program Information The Master of Science in Instructional Technology (ITEC) is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to become technology leaders and practitioners within their professional arenas (e.g., education, business, government, non-profit organizations). By its design, the program offers a broad view of the field of instructional technology (e.g., history, theory, technology, management) yet is flexible enough to allow candidates to select an area of concentration reflective of their vocational interest. These areas of concentration, which provide specialized training in three technologically distinctive fields, are: Distance Education, Media Design & Development, and Technical Support of Instructional Technologies. Developing skills for leadership in and administration of these technological fields is the overarching goal of the ITEC program. Information for Prospective Students The ITEC program is built upon the knowledge that successful organizations demand highly trained individuals to serve as technology leaders. The Instructional Technology degree comprises 36 semester hours of graduate credit. The program consists of an 18-hour core (six 3-hour courses), 12 hours (four 3-hour courses) of advanced study in a selected area of concentration (i.e., distance education, media design and development,... [-]

Masters of Special Education

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 30 hours September 2018 USA Conway + 1 more

The Master’s program in Special Education is a 30 credit hour on-line program designed to meet the performance standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the Teacher Evaluation Systems (TESS). [+]

MSE Special Education / SPED Endorsement The Master’s program in Special Education is a 30 credit hour on-line program designed to meet the performance standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the Teacher Evaluation Systems (TESS). Special Education Program Flyer Master’s Program in K-12 Special Education The special education graduate program leading to a M.S.E. is located in the Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education. Its main purpose is to prepare collaborative special education teachers skilled in providing quality instruction to students representing a broad scope of abilities. (Graduate Bulletin) The program offers a broad range of opportunities for candidates to learn about special education litigation and legislation, assessment, behavior guidance, behavior guidance, instructional strategies, and best practices in serving persons with disabilities and their families. The Master’s program is a 30-graduate credit hour program that can be completed in two years. Students can fulfill the Arkansas Department of Teacher Licensure requirements for Special Education licensure through this program. Using a variety of software such as Collaborate and Blackboard, all classes are offered online as a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions. The program of study includes the following courses: ELSE 6300 Philosophical, Historical & Legal Aspects of Special Education ELSE 6304 Behavior Management and Analysis in Special Education ELSE 6308 Educational Assessment in Special Education ELSE 6366 Educational Programming for Students with Mild Disabilities K-12 ELSE 6367 Educational Programming for Students... [-]

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