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Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)

Discover FGCU's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership, designed to prepare candidates for leadership positions in educational settings and beyond.

At the core of our program is a commitment to the Florida Educational Leadership Standards (FELS). We understand the importance of aligning our curriculum with the standards as determined by the Florida Department of Education ensuring you are well prepared to meet the demands of the educational leadership landscape.

Available Delivery Formats: Online 

Application Information

The deadline for application of Tuition Waivers:

Fall Deadline: 5:00pm, May 1st

Spring Deadline: 5:00pm, October 1st

Summer Deadline: 5:00pm, March 1st

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Delivery Formats

15 Weeks

Courses are offered in a 15-week delivery method, and candidates are generally expected to take two courses each semester. Courses are offered online with several synchronous meetings each semester (online). All internship activities are embedded in coursework and are matched to the FELS standards associated with each course. *LEADs+ candidates who expect to be hired in any one of our regional school districts (Charlotte, Collier, Lee, the Heartland) will participated in a special professional development program in their district based on the Memorandum of Understanding co-signed by FGCU. LEADs+ graduates are eligible for immediate entry into their district’s AP pool.

7 Weeks (accelerated)

Courses are offered in an accelerated, seven-week delivery method completely online. Course are offered in an asynchronous format. Candidates typically take one course every seven weeks.

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P-12 Educational Leadership (M.A)

This is a similar program to the M.Ed. Educational Leadership program in that candidates take the same courses but take their internship credits at the end of the program. Candidates can still earn their Leadership Certificate after graduation.  

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Alternative Pathway to Florida Principal Certification

Applicants who have earned an advanced degree and/or accumulated appropriate course credits that they believe can be applied towards their Leadership Certification can petition the FLDOE to receive a Statement of Eligibility (SoE) to determine which courses they need to complete. Applicants submit this document to the College to create a personalized program of study. With this pathway no degree is offered and apply through the Post Bac Non-Degree portal.

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We're here to answer your questions!

Speak with the appropriate program coordinator to learn more about our specific program requirements, the application process, course offerings and more.


Krista Bixler

Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership M.Ed.


Business Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm

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