The Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program prepares leaders to transform schools into places where teachers and students grow.
This MEd program is designed for practicing teachers, with two years of teaching experience, who currently hold a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate. It provides the next level of skills and credentials for educators who want to become leaders in their schools, districts, and beyond. The curriculum provides practical knowledge and professional networking opportunities, allowing you to connect with educational professionals who will help you advance your career.
Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.
This program is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. Our students pass the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) prior to graduation which allows them to receive Educational Leadership certification in the State of Florida. This opens the door for school-based and district level administrative positions.
Florida Southern College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
With the internship integrated throughout each of the five semesters, students are able to apply the concepts they learn throughout the program. This has the added benefit of shortening the duration of the program compared to programs that have a stand alone internship.
Courses are offered in either online or face-to-face formats that meet the needs of your busy schedule. Since many of the students are working professionals, face to face courses are offered on Saturdays.
The curriculum provides both practical knowledge and professional networking opportunities through partnerships with practitioners who work in the schools every day.
Small class sizes allow for individualized attention and increased interactions between the students and faculty members.
On average, a master's degree earns teachers an additional $2,760 in their first year of teaching compared to a bachelor's degree. This salary advantage expands to an average of $7,358 per year by the time a teacher reaches the maximum point of the pay scale.
Sarah explains why Florida Southern was the right school for her to pursue her passion for education and professional goals.
Choosing Florida Southern for my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership was one of the best decisions I have made in my career as an educator. Not only did FSC provide me with unparalleled real-world experience as a future school administrator, but I also made connections and built friendships that will continue to impact my work as a leader. I am eternally grateful for my experience at FSC!
The FSC M.Ed. program has provided me with professional insights and practical knowledge that I have been able to implement immediately in my school. The professors are supportive, personable, and well-informed on issues impacting the educational community. I am confident my education at FSC has prepared me for wherever my future in educational leadership will take me!
My professors encouraged me throughout the program. As a result, I am more prepared as an educational leader and look forward to my future in the education field.
Florida Southern’s Educational Leadership program helped me learn valuable leadership skills that I use regularly, both inside and outside of my classroom. The collaborative, hands-on approach that they have embedded throughout the program has given me the opportunity to work with educators from different backgrounds and grade levels that I never would have gotten otherwise. It has also allowed me to collaborate with administrators on my campus and given me real world leadership experiences, too. Along with this, the relationships built with the professors I worked with have been incredibly valuable! Speaking to them throughout the program, and coming to them for assistance after the program, has allowed me to gain mentors and friends that I know I will have throughout the remainder of my teaching career.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership Program allows me to complete classes online and meet face-to-face for on-campus classes while working 2 full-time jobs; one being a fulltime mom. I’m able to work my day job and complete my assignments at my own pace, in order to get them completed before their due date. The professors are all wonderful and work with the students in my cohort answering any questions or giving us guidance in our field experiences on how to work through situations. My cohort and I have built relationships that will last a lifetime. Florida Southern College is preparing me for my next step into a leadership position in the educational field.
Florida Southern College’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is one in a million. Not only is it a perfect program to network among Polk and Hillsborough’s top administrators, but it is a hybrid program making it easy to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule. The professors are always available. Cohort members become family and are always there with advice to tackle every aspect of the classroom.
School leadership has never been more challenging than it is now. Therefore, preparation has never been more important. FSC’s Master’s in Educational Leadership offers a blend of engaging face-to-face and online courses designed to optimize and equip students with the skills to positively impact the students and teachers they lead. With support from professors and practicing administrators, students will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice in the field. This 36-credit hour program is unique in its approach and outcomes.
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.
This 36 hour program consists of five online and four face to face courses. Field experiences are integrated into the coursework and most can be completed at the student’s school site.
Courses are offered in a hybrid format, a combination of online and in-class meetings.
Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.
Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.
$250 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first semester tuition balance)
*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.
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.
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.
Field experiences are integrated into each course. The student will receive feedback on all field experiences from a school administrator mentor and the professor.
The program coordinator will assist students in registering for courses each semester and will ensure that you are completing all requirements throughout the program.
This program prepares students to become school and district level leaders.
For more than 100 years, Florida Southern has been preparing men and women for rewarding careers in education. The Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) from Florida Southern prepares teachers and administrators to advance professionally and grow intellectually.
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