Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)


Program Overview

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program consists of 33 credit hours of coursework designed to prepare candidates for leadership positions in educational settings, as well as to improve the performance of current leaders in educational leadership positions. The Program content focuses on FPLS standards, educational leader functions, and stresses the relationship between tested practice and applied theory. Candidates complete critical task essays as the culminating project in each of ten courses in the program. The essays are based on specific internship experiences and are connected to a targeted FPLS standard, coursework, and scholarly research. The critical task essays become part of each candidate's Final Professional Portfolio that is built throughout the program and defended in the final course – Final Leadership Seminar. The M.Ed. program prepares candidates for Florida Educational Leadership certification by the Florida Department of Education as students must pass the FELE to graduate. The program is offered in both synchronous traditional and asynchronous accelerated formats. 



Successful Candidate Profiles

  • Traditional

  • LEADs+

  • Accelerated 


P-12 Educational Leadership (M.A)

This is a similar program to the M.Ed. Educational Leadership program but has additional pathways to FLDOE Leadership Certification.

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Alternative Pathway to Florida Principal Certification

If students have earned an advanced degree courses needed to meet state standards for certification are offered through this pathway.

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 Component Educational Leadership M.Ed. Traditional Educational Leadership M.ed. Leads+ Educational Leadership M.Ed. - Accelerated educational leadership m.a. traditional Educational Leadership M.A. p-12 - accelerated Alternative Pathway to Florida Principal Certification
FLDOE Educational Leadership approved program for certification YES YES YES NO NO NO
2 + years of teaching experience required at the Effective of Highly Effective level to be admitted YES YES YES NO NO NO
Classes offered in accelerated  NO NO YES NO YES NO
Automatically entered into the Assistant Principal Pool (With participating schools and districts) NO YES NO NO NO NO
Courses offered online YES YES YES YES YES YES
GRE required for admission NO NO NO NO NO NO



Student Resources

  • Accreditation

  • Admissions Information

  • Program Requirements

  • Course Descriptions

  • Course Schedule

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance

  • Florida DOE Educational Leadership Information

  • Program Course Sequence

Contact Us

Dr. Keiana Desmore

Assistant Dean

College of Education

Lauren Willison

Director of Community Engagement, Recruitment, Communication

College of Education




Getting Started

Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or for an application for admission and additional information about the application process. Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants should check with the program for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.