Educational Leadership

Degree:Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Major:Educational Leadership Certification
Department:Teacher Education and Educational Leadership
Building 86, Room 126
(850) 474-2870
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:13.0401
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 30

Educational Leadership Certification

The Educational Leadership Certification Program, approved by the Florida Department of Education, is designed for students who have a minimum of three years of teaching experience and wish to prepare for administrative and supervisory positions such as principal, assistant principal, district supervisor, in-service director, curriculum developer, or dean in public and private elementary and secondary schools.  The specialization covers the ten Florida Principal Leadership Standards and associated competencies and seeks to prepare students for the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE). Passing scores on the FELE are required prior to graduation.

Students in the Educational Leadership Certification Program who do not hold current professional teacher certification must meet the following additional requirements:

  • ESOL/ELL Requirement. Options for satisfying this requirement include:
    • Sixty hours of ESOL district inservice points; or
    • Three credit hours in a survey course, which can be satisfied by completing TSL 5085
  • Florida Reading Competency 2

Students will be assigned a faculty mentor who will provide career advice and advisement concerning professional issues.  The Educational Leadership Certification Program has a field experience in each course.  Students must have access to and work with an administrator in a school or educational setting.

Admission Requirements 

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the applicant must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements for provisional admission:

  • Have a valid professional teaching certification
  • Have a minimum of three years of teaching experience
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on bachelor's degree*
  • Submit a current (within five years) official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score**
  • Submit a letter of intent that includes the following information: your background, short- and long-term goals, contributions you would like to make to your field of study, and strengths you bring to the program
  • Submit contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for two professional references
  • Submit evidence of minimum "instructional expertise" and "leadership potential" standards as defined by 6A-5.081 by providing recent teacher evaluation ratings or evidence:

“Instructional expertise” means documented successful demonstration of the core standards for effective educators outlined in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) and a documented track record of achieving student gains. Acceptable documentation of instructional expertise must include a rating of “effective” or higher on the “Performance of Students” and “Instructional Practice” sections of the candidate’s two most recent performance evaluations per Section 1012.34, F.S. For candidates who are not employed by a Florida public school district, a post-secondary institution or school district may accept alternative equivalent documentation demonstrating two years of effective instruction with a record of student learning gains.

To be fully admitted to the program, the following requirements must be met in addition to the requirements for provisional admission (above). Full admission is required by the fifth week of the first semester. Students will be unable to register for a second semester of coursework until full admission has been granted.

  • Purchase and activation of a subscription to the School of Education's assessment system, Tk20, within the first week of the first semester
  • Completion of the Professional Education Applicant Disposition Scale by each person identified as a professional reference
  • Completion of the Professional Education Applicant Disposition Self-rating Scale within Tk20

All approvals for admission to the School of Education are subject to reevaluation as students progress through the program. Students denied admission or removed from the program may appeal the decision to the Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies.

Teacher Education and Educational Leadership students are expected to adhere to the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and national standards of conduct associated with professional, accreditation, and state agencies.  Students who are struggling to meet content and/or disposition standards and/or competencies may be referred to the Culture of Achievement through the System of Tiered support (CAST) process. 

Any student who is referred to the CAST process and does not successfully complete the process may be denied continued enrollment in any professional education program. 

Degree Requirements

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership must meet the requirements listed below.

  • Be admitted to the program
  • Complete degree requirements compliant with the time-to-degree policy
  • Be recommended for graduation by the Department
  • Successfully complete any additional requirements of the selected specialization