Educational Leadership Certification, M.Ed.

Degree:Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Major:Educational Leadership Certification
Department:School of Education
Building 85, Room 196
College:School of Education
CIP Code:13.0401
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 30

Educational Leadership Certification

The Educational Leadership Certification Program,  accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Florida Department of Education, is designed for students who have a minimum of two years (three years preferred) 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 degree emphasizes 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 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 embedded 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 issued by Florida or another U.S. state
  • Have a minimum of two years (three years preferred) of k-12 teaching experience
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on bachelor's degree*
  • Submit a letter of intent that includes the following information: your professional background, short- and long-term goals, contributions you would like to make to your field of education, 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.
  • Submit evidence of "leadership potential" (applicant may provide letter from current school principal, superintendent, or other relevant evidence):
    • "Leadership potential" means the critical skills and dispositions that a candidate must demonstrate prior to entering the program. At a minimum, these qualifications must include an analysis of the candidate's relentless focus on improving student achievement in their own classrooms and contributing to the demonstrable improvement of teaching effectiveness in the classrooms of colleagues.

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 College of Education and Professional Studies assessment system 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

All approvals for admission to the Educational Leadership program 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 of the College of Education and Professional Studies.

School of Education 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 will receive additional support, as needed or requested, through the Educational Leadership Remediation Plan. 

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 School of Education
  • Successfully complete any additional requirements of the selected specialization

Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement but meet all remaining admission requirements may be conditionally admitted to the program. Specific academic requirements will be established by the School of Education and monitored by the Graduate School (see Conditional Admission in the Admissions section of the catalog).

Major Requirements

A grade of C or better is required for all coursework to be applied to the degree program.

EDA 5191Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice3
EDA 6063Introduction to Educational Leadership3
EDA 6193Instructional Leadership3
EDA 6222Administration of School Personnel3
EDA 6232Law and Education3
EDA 6240Introduction to School Finance3
EDA 6503The Principalship3
EDG 5250Principles of Curriculum3
EDG 6285Data Driven Decisions Using Standardized Student Achievement Data3
EDS 6105Human Relations and Communication in Education3
Total Hours30