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 is delivered in formats including the traditional track using in-person, blend flex, hybrid, and online platforms and the accelerated online track offering a fully online seven-week course format. 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.
TraditionalCourses are offered in a ‘traditional’ 15-week delivery method, and candidates are generally expected to complete two courses each semester. Courses are offered in-person, online, hybrid, and blendflex.
LEADs+Candidates are expected to work in collaboration with school district professional development programs as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that is co-signed by FGCU. Graduates are eligible for immediate entry into the AP Pool upon graduation.
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This is a similar program to the M.Ed. Educational Leadership program but has additional pathways to FLDOE Leadership 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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