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The post-master's degree program in Educational Leadership/Administration is for experienced teachers, school and district administrators, and other educators who seek to develop their leadership potential and competency. These individuals are committed to the improvement of Pre-K-12 education, especially at the school level and aspire to be leaders in their organizations, whatever their roles and responsibilities. The program is DOE approved, incorporates a core of professional knowledge, includes an experiential component, and facilitates mastery of the Florida Principal Leadership Standards in educational leadership. Program emphasis includes strong academic training, practical application of content, and mentoring with field experts in the changing context of public school administration. Program objectives are drawn from the core content identified by the Florida Principal Leadership Standards, from research and theory on educational leadership, and from collaboration between practitioners and faculty of the department. This advanced master's/specialist degree may not be articulated toward the doctoral degree in any program offered in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Accredited regionally through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Additionally the Program maintains state approval of its leadership preparation programs through the Florida Department of Education's educator program approval process.
While all courses are online, the Practicum course incorporates one mandatory Face-to-Face Orientation prior to beginning the program. Information on the Face-to-Face Orientation follows the formal admissions letter.
The program is designed to prepare professionals for administrative positions in schools, school districts, and educational agencies.
These courses may not be offered every semester.
A minimum of two years full-time faculty experience in K-12 schools, an upper-division cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and GRE Scores of 149-verbal, 147-quantative and 3.5-writing (or higher) are required. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
Applicants should submit a Letter of Intent, 3 Letters of Recommendation from supervisor or school/district administrator, a current Resume/curriculum vitae, an unofficial GRE score report, and transcripts from all colleges attended.
The final demonstration of competence is in EDA 8967 Capstone Project course, which is comprised of a Leadership Development Plan, a reflection on the Mentoring Initiative and field experiences, and a Conceptual Connections paper across coursework. The final checklist to be eligible for Level I Educational Leadership Certification also includes mastery of all leadership standards, competencies, and skills demonstrated through Signature Assessment Assignments, fulfillment of the ESOL Requirement, 3.0 GPA, and a passing score on all subtests of the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE). Students must complete their program of study within seven calendar years from the time of initial registration, or apply for re-admission.
NOTE: Admission to an initial teacher preparation graduate program requires that the Application for Teacher Education form be completed.
The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.