Graduate Advisor

Amanda Darcangelo


Educational Leadership Certificate Track Program Information

This focused track in Educational Leadership Development is designed for teachers and other practicing school professionals who have already earned a master’s degree and wish to add Florida K-12 Leadership certification. It is a state approved program consisting of up to 30 credit hours (10 courses) approved by the Florida De-partment of Education.

The focused track in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program has the following goals for each candidate in the program. The candidate will:

  • Enhance his/her knowledge of Florida Principal Leadership Standards
  • Examine leadership theory and the application of that theory in real world settings
  • Develop skills in applying educational research as related to school improvement
  • Use student data to develop research and standards based strategies to enhance student achievement
  • Develop leadership skills to assist teachers in professional development to enhance student achievement

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Program Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following:

  1. Present satisfactory evidence of a Master’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution (include official, original and sealed transcripts with application).
  2. Hold a professional teaching certificate (include a copy with application).
  3. Have completed two years of teaching (include documentation with application).
  4. Meet at least one of the following:
    • Shall have earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Shall have earned a graduate degree in Education from a regionally accredited institution.
  5. Complete a letter of intent, briefly stating goals for degree (include letter with application).
  6. Submit documentation of completion of 60 hours of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or written plan to complete 60 hours before graduation.
  7. Submit the Educational Leadership Development Program School/District Agreement document signed by the Principal
  8. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation (professional references, at least (1) from a current administrator other than the Principal)
  9. Submit two years of teacher evaluations indicating a performance level of effective and/or highly effective. (2 formative and 2 summative)

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Degree Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 30

Required Courses in Sequence
Area A
EDA 6061 Principles of Education Administration – 3
EDG 6931 Technology and Data Analysis – 3

Area B
EDG 6285 School Curriculum Improvement – 3
EDA 6232 School Law – 3
EDS 6050 Principles & Practices of Educational Supervision – 3
EDA 6242 School Finance – 3

Area C
EDA 6106 Administrative Analysis and Change – 3
EDA 6192 Educational Leadership – 3
EDA 6503 The Principalship – 3
EDA 6945 Administrative Practicum* – 3

Total Credit Hours: 30

All program coursework is sequenced and all courses in a level must be taken before proceeding to the next level. It is recommended that Areas A and B be completed before taking the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE).


Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, a candidate must earn an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. No grade of C- or below will be accepted toward degree requirements.

Successful completion of the FolioData. The FolioData must contain evidence of a proficiency level on critical assignments aligned to the Florida Principal Leadership Standards.

Evidence of passage of all sections of the FELE.

At graduation all credits used to satisfy requirements for the Master’s degree must have been completed within 5 academic years. Courses taken in lieu of those listed here must be approved in writing by the program and College of Education’s Graduate Studies Office.

Documentation of 60 hours of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL.)

Candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 credit hours in the semester of graduation.

Program Admission Deadlines

For best consideration, meet the following admission deadlines each year.
Fall: July 1 / Spring: November 1 / Summer: April 15

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