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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Florida’s Premier Leadership Program

Earn your M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and gain the skill set and credentials to lead your academic community to success. As an administrative leader, you’ll be able to foster positive growth and change in your Pre-K–12 school, your district, and beyond. This M.Ed. program offers both a practical curriculum and professional networking opportunities so that you can apply your studies in a real-life setting with the guidance of other educational professionals.

The Educational Leadership master’s degree is designed for educators who currently hold a Florida Teaching Certificate. This program will also prepare you to earn your Educational Leadership certification so that you can transition into an administrative role after completing your degree.

Upcoming Term Start Dates

5/13/2024

SACSCOC Accredited

Florida Southern College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.  Florida Southern College also may offer credentials such as certificates at approved degree levels.  Questions about the accreditation of Florida Southern College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur GA 30033-4097, or by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 
 

Top Reasons

Florida State Certification

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. Before you graduate, you’ll be required to pass the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) so you can receive your Educational Leadership certification in the State of Florida. Being certified will qualify you for school-based and district level administrative positions.

Accelerated Program

The Educational Leadership master’s is offered in an accelerated format that integrates the required internship into each semester so that you can complete this program in a shorter time — as few as four semesters.

Flexible Coursework

Coursework is offered in a flexible, hybrid format with a combination of online and in-person classes. Typically, you’ll have one course online and one course in person, on campus, every other Saturday.

Professional Networking

As part of your curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with and learn from experienced, educational practitioners. FSC partners with local schools to set up network partnerships.

Small Class Sizes

Your curriculum is tailored to your needs and interests with small class sizes and engaged faculty. You’ll be able to collaborate with your peers and get one-on-one guidance from your dedicated professors.

Meet Our Mocs

Jake Van Hise
Toni Schmidt
Jessica Gavin
Emily Diggs
Shelley Camp
Camaran Cella

Become a Changemaker in Education

With your master’s degree, you will have the skill set to enact positive curriculum-wide changes and student outcomes, furthering the growth of schools in your district. You will also gain a bigger voice in the national conversation on education. As you further develop your understanding of teaching techniques, classroom management strategies, and professional resources, you’ll become an essential member of the educational community.

School districts recognize the time and effort you put into your graduate studies and your work as an educator, which is why you’ll be rewarded for your accomplishments with career opportunities.

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The Passion to Get Ahead

Dr. Howard Hepburn '20, Instructional Superintendent, School District of Palm Beach County, explains why Florida Southern was the right school for him to advance his passion for education and professional goals.

Christopher Harrison, Ph.D.

Featured Faculty

Christopher Harrison

Today, more than ever, the continued well-being of our communities and nation depends on the work of dedicated educators ready to make an indelible mark on the lives of their students. To ensure that our graduates are ready to take up that charge, our task is to create rich learning experiences that allow our future teachers and school leaders to develop deep professional identities, to delve into the theory and research underlying educational practice, and to apply what they learn to real school and classroom settings.

Recognized Accomplishments

School districts recognize the time and effort teachers spend in graduate school, and want these individuals to stay in the district to help direct future growth of a school. Master’s degree holders are the best chance schools have to enact positive curriculum-wide changes and improve student outcomes. As an added benefit of earning a master’s degree, you gain a bigger voice in the national conversation on education. As educators further develop their understanding of teaching techniques, classroom management strategies, and professional resources, they become more valuable members of the educational community.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education as verified by an official transcript from the conferring institution
    as verified by an official transcript from the conferring institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall or a composite score of 297 on the GRE or 393 on the MAT
  • Applicant must provide proof of a valid Florida Professional Educator Certificate
  • FLDOE Teaching Requirement Form completed by supervisor verifying 2+ years of effective teaching experience
  • Current Résumé
  • A personal statement of your expectations of a graduate program (your personal and professional goals)

Course Delivery

Hybrid

Courses are offered in a hybrid format, a combination of online and in-class meetings.

Curriculum

EDU 6100Educational Leadership for Change
EDU 6150Resource Allocation for Student Achievement
EDU 6200Ethics and School Law
EDU 6300Leading in a Diverse Society
EDU 6400Program Development: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
EDU 6450Strategic Faculty Development for P-12 Administrators
EDU 6550Student Achievement, Accountability, and Standards-Based Instruction
EDU 6600School Finance
EDU 6700Instructional Leadership
TOTAL36 hours

External Scholarships

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

Up to $4,000

Florida Fund for Minority Teachers offers an annual scholarship to approved Minority Teacher Education Scholars who are enrolled as upper-division undergraduate or graduate students in a teacher education program.

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Program Costs

2023-2024

Base Required FeesCost
Tuition Per Credit Hour$475
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled$25 to $100

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the program delivery?

The program consists of nine courses. Five courses utilize an online format. Four courses meet on campus for seven Saturdays each semester. The Saturday classes meet from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Does this program lead to Educational Leadership certification?

Yes, students are required to maintain a 3.0, complete all coursework and pass the  Florida Educational Leadership Examination  to graduate from this state approved program and apply for certification.

Is there a practicum required?

Field experiences are integrated into each course. The student will receive feedback on all field experiences from a school administrator mentor and the professor.

How will my course schedule be determined?

The program coordinator will assist students in registering for courses each semester and will ensure that you are completing all requirements throughout the program.

What roles will this degree prepare me to perform?

This program prepares students to become school and district level leaders.

Explore the Educational Leadership Doctorate

Interested in earning your doctorate after you acquire your master’s? Florida Southern College has been preparing a wide variety of educators for more than 100 years. The Educational Leadership doctoral program will build your expertise and knowledge base even further and help you advance professionally and grow academically.

Upcoming Events

Learn more about the program with these in-person and virtual admission events.

Online

Online Education Information Session

Adult & Grad Admissions

Online Education Information Session

Mar 21 6:00 PM

An online webinar for prospective students interested in adult undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs within the School of Education at Florida Southern College. This event is designed to present an overview of our education programs and to provide an opportunity to connect with faculty.

Location: Online

In-Person

Education Information Session

Adult & Grad Admissions

Education Information Session

Apr 27 10:00 AM

An on-campus information session for prospective students interested in adult undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs within the School of Education at Florida Southern College. This event is designed to present an overview of our education programs and to provide an opportunity to connect at Florida Southern with faculty.

Location: France Admissions Center

Program Contact

Kristen Pinner Kristen Pinner

Director of Adult and Graduate Admission

 863.680.4205

Lori Rakes Lori Rakes, Ph.D.

Dean of Education

Associate Professor of Education

Curry Building - 113

 863.680.4179

 863.680.4102