Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Educational Leadership

Graduate Advisor

Amanda Darcangelo


Program Information

The M.Ed. Educational Leadership in Educational Leadership Development is designed for teachers and other practicing school professionals who want to earn a master’s degree and Florida K-12 Instructional Leadership certification. The program’s constructivist, standards-based approach to studying school leadership provides a balance between theory and practice. It is structured to build the requisite skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) and enable graduates to be effective leaders in today’s educational settings. Course design and scheduling address the needs of working professionals and candidates.


Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


Admission Information

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as program requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following:

  1. Present satisfactory evidence of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution (include official transcripts with application).
  2. Hold a current Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate (include a copy with application).
  3. Have completed a minimum of two years of teaching or its equivalent under a full time contract (include documentation with application).
  4. Meet at least one of the following:
    a. Shall have earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA, orb. Shall have earned a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better Cumulative grade point average while registered as an undergraduate student, or as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree, or

    c. Shall have a total verbal plus quantitative GRE General Test score of 1000 or higher, taken within five years preceding application (minimum ranges begin at 153 for verbal and 144 for cumulative on GREs taken after August 1, 2011).

  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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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.

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

Evidence of passage 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 must be approved in writing by the program and College of Education’s Graduate Studies Office.

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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