Innovative Master's Degree in Educational Equity for Teachers

Are you a current teacher looking to make a big difference? Get your master’s degree while teaching full time with the Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity Fellowship.

In this two-year master’s in education program for teachers, you’ll receive hands-on classroom practice and individualized coaching while applying coursework directly to your teaching.

I recommend this program for teachers that want to challenge themselves to be the best version for their students.

Molly Kopplin

Math Teacher, Barton Junior High School, El Dorado School District

Curriculum & Schedule

While teaching in underserved schools in Little Rock and rural communities across Arkansas, coaching, content-area support, and practical training will boost your effectiveness. The Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity offers a two-year teaching program housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Through the Academy’s Equity Fellowship, all participants earn a fully-subsidized Master of Education in Educational Equity.

The Academy elevates the traditional Master of Education program with practice-based courses, personalized coaching, and real-time feedback from content experts. We intentionally focus on social justice and equitable education, empowering teachers with strategies for identifying and reducing inequity in the classroom. As a result, our fellows are more prepared to improve student learning outcomes in underserved districts across Arkansas.

Year One

The first year empowers Equity Fellows with rigorous training in social justice and individualized support from coaches. The program launches in the summer with Equity Institute, a one-week deep dive into culturally responsive teaching. Participants learn research-based instructional methods, share best practices, and create a supportive community within their cohort. During Equity Institute, fellows also meet the Academy’s knowledgeable content directors, who provide personalized coaching and mentorship throughout the school year.

SUMMER

  • Attend the Academy’s Equity Institute
  • Begin with four weeks of intensive skill‐building
  • Receive mentoring and begin first master’s degree course

FALL

  • Start teaching at your school
  • Receive regular coaching from content experts
  • Take 2 online courses

SPRING

  • Regular coaching from content experts
  • Take 2 online courses
  • Continue to teach at your school

 

Year Two

In the second year, fellows continue online coursework and mentoring, and strengthen their passion for and understanding of social justice. During the summer, each cohort member sets goals for how to help dismantle educational inequity in the coming school year. Participants continue to receive personalized feedback from coaches, who are now a critical part of their support system.

By receiving resources and training to improve student achievement in underserved schools, our Equity Fellows become better teachers, ready to serve the districts and communities of greatest need.

SUMMER

  • Attend Equity Institute 
  • Undergo an additional four weeks of skill‐building and mentoring
  • Take 2 online courses

FALL

  • Start year 2 at your school
  • Receive regular coaching from content experts
  • Take 2 online courses

SPRING

  • Wrap up master’s with 2 remaining  online classes
  • Complete comprehensive exam
  • Continue to receive coaching and prepare for graduation

What drew me to the program was the opportunity to meet new people and learn more about how equity should look in the classroom.

Brianna Sheeley

Math Teacher, Washington Middle School, El Dorado School District

We work with schools across Arkansas

The Academy partners with local school districts to design teaching programs that help make a tangible difference in students’ lives. Being responsive to the needs of local communities, school districts, and charter network partners is a hallmark of our educational equity program. You will receive a full-time contract to teach in one of our partner schools for the duration of the Equity Fellowship.

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Why Choose the Academy?

Did you know that teacher shortages disproportionately impact students who are growing up in high-need communities? This is your opportunity to make an impact.

At the Academy, you will help contribute to educational reform while receiving personalized support. We welcome applicants from across the country and state. Let’s partner to bring your career to the next level and to make a difference in the lives of children across Arkansas.

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