Staff

  • Ileene Huffard
    Director of Mid-South Professional Center; Harding University Graduate Studies in Education / Associate Professor of Education
  • Katherine Freese
    Administrative Assistant to the Director of Mid-South Professional Center

Degrees Offered

Masters in Reading
The course of study for Harding's graduate reading programs is rigorous, intensive and designed to provide advanced knowledge to the classroom practitioner as well as those serving in literacy supervisory positions. Its philosophical underpinnings rest in a balanced literacy approach to the teaching of literacy and the establishment of highly effective literacy practice based on current research and best practices. The course of study is aligned with standards derived from the following national associations: National Board of Professional Standards (NBPTS), National Council of Accrediation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the International Reading Association (IRA).
Master of Arts: Excellence in Teaching
You can make a difference with the new Master of Arts: Excellence in Teaching (MA:ET) degree. This degree was designed for you with your needs in mind. With this program, practitioners who want to make a difference in the education of their students can remain in the classroom while improving their skills as teachers.
Master of Arts in Teaching - Licensure
Candidates can teach full time while pursuing the degree or follow a traditional teacher preparation program culminating with a semester of student teaching. Candidates must become eligible for and obtain a provisional license (inclusive of the satisfactory submission of both a criminal background check and a child maltreatment central registry check as required by the state of Arkansas or Tennessee) in the area of expertise in which they are seeking licensure before beginning teaching.
Master of Education Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL)
The 35-credit hour ASTL master of education degree offers advanced study in assessment, use of technology and research. The courses, aligned with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), provide support for teachers to develop necessary skills for pursuing National Board certification. The program offers advanced preparation for instructional leadership and develops teachers who practice reflection through research, problem-based learning and self-inquiry.
Master of Early Childhood Special Education Licensure
Candidates can teach full time while pursuing the degree or follow a traditional teacher preparation program culminating with a semester of student teaching. Candidates must become eligible for and obtain a provisional license (inclusive of the satisfactory submission of both a criminal background check and a child maltreatment central registry check as required by the state of Arkansas or Tennessee) in the area of expertise in which they are seeking licensure before beginning teaching.
Licensure in Middle-Level Special Education
This area of concentration is for the licensed educator who wants to teach students with exceptionalities in grades 4-12. This advanced program incorporates instruction in sound research-based knowledge and practical experiences. Learning strategies, modifications, accommodations and transition plans are a few areas of concentration for this program. Candidates pursuing licensure in middle level special education must first have early childhood special education licensure or work on both areas concurrently.

National Boards Classes

Designed to assist teachers who are pursuing National Board Certification. Applications for the National Boards may be picked up in the Mid-South Professional Center office at 1000 Cherry Rd Memphis, TN 38117 or in the Department of Education at Harding University in Searcy, AR.

The mission of the National Board is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, to develop and operate a national voluntary system to assess and certify teachers who meet these standards, and to advance related education reforms for the purpose of improving student learning in American schools.

Pre-Candidacy Towards National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Application and certification process in preparation for National Board Certification, including the state application process and preparation towards the National Board portfolio and assessment processes. Emphasis is placed on the NBPTS five core propositions, the mission of NBPTS and attributes of exemplary teachers.

Course requirements include submission of at least one written documented accomplishment entry; development and submission of a portfolio using National Board specifications and instructions developed by the NBPTS.

Pre-requisite: Attending a NBPTS orientation meeting.

Co-requisite: Arkansas Department of Education application process.


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