Ed Leadership Master's or EdS with Certification


Experienced educators with a current Florida Professional Educators certificate who are interested in leadership positions in a K-12 school, district or private school system. 

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • Graduates of this program are recognized within the community
  • 34% Tuition Discount  
  • Obtain your Master's degree with teachers from your area
  • 2 year completion time including summer and holiday breaks
  • No thesis required

What You Learn:

The program integrates the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to become highly accomplished professionals and outstanding leaders of public and non-public educational institutions, including the ability to be proactive and decisive with a moral and ethical commitment to the organization’s mission, the cognitive and communication skills necessary to facilitate meaningful change and flexibility in using decision-making and motivational strategies for effective stewardship of time, resources, and personnel. The coursework in this program incorporates the 10 Florida Principal Leadership Standards and Florida Competences and Skills fourth edition.

How You Learn:

This is a cohort program. During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes will meet two nights a week from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. During the Summer session, classes meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. You will finish the program in approximately two years.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program and passing all three parts of the FELE, students will earn either a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership or Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, and be eligible for the Florida Leadership Certification (K-12), Level 1. EDU 687 is now called: Emerging Technologies and Educational Leadership EDU6xx is now EDU 662 Leadership for Assessment and Accountability.


In addition to the admission requirements for a graduate degree in the School of Education, the following are prerequisites for admission to the Educational Leadership program.

  1. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for full admission.
  2. Applicant’s statement of purpose which describes how past achievement, leadership, administrative talents, and goals relate to the decision to apply to the leadership program.
  3. Documentation of at least two year of teaching or school experience.
  4. Copy of current Florida Professional Educator’s certificate. Holders of the Professional (five-year) certificate will qualify for the State Approved Program. Those with a temporary certificate must enter the non-certificate track. Once Professional certificate is received student can be moved to certification track.
  5. Applicants must provide copies of their 2 most recent teaching evaluations showing either “Effective” or “Highly Effective” in the areas of Performance of Students and Instructional Practice.
  6. Interview with program director, if requested.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
EDR 601† Methodology of Research 3
EDU 614 Visionary Leadership in Education 3
EDU 615 Ethics and Communication for Leaders 3
EDU 623 School and Community Relations 3
EDU 624 Instruction Design, Measurement and Evaluation 3
EDU 637 Educational Decision Making 3
EDU 674 The Legal Environment in Education 3
EDU 675 School Finance 3
EDU 676 School Personnel Administration Development 3
EDU 687 Technology Applications in Educational Leadership 3
EDU 662 Leadership for Assessment and Accountability 3
EDU 699 Internship in Educational Leadership 3
  Total Credit Hours 36

Please Note:

†Students seeking the EdS degree will enroll in EDR 708 - Directed Research in lieu of EDR 601 - Methodology of Research.

While the chart above lists each of the courses that make up the Educational Leadership degree, this is not a class schedule, and your cohort may take these courses in a different order. Students in Florida DOE-approved programs are responsible for complying with any changes in certification requirements made by the DOE, published or unpublished, including taking and passing the FELE exam. Students are required to demonstrate completion of an appropriate ESOL course, and will be required to register for TSL 500 online if they have not previously satisfied this state requirement by the final semester of the program.