Project Description


Overview | Curriculum | Careers

The K-12 School Leaders Program supports aspiring leaders in their desire to make the unique difference that only their passion, commitment, and growing expertise can make in their schools and communities. Due to our rigorous academics, our long-standing partnerships with school districts, and one of the most extensive experiential programs found anywhere, our graduates are among the most effective and sought-after school leaders in southeast Florida.

The purpose of the School Leaders Program is to prepare and support school leaders in public and private educational institutions. The Master of Education program prepares aspiring teacher leaders and assistant principals to meet the challenges of today’s schools. In cooperation with Florida public school districts, the program of study includes leadership theory, research, professional knowledge, and school-based clinical experiences. Completion of this degree, in combination with three years of successful teaching experience and passing the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE), leads to the Florida Educational Leadership Certification (Level I) which qualifies an individual to serve as a public school assistant principal, intern assistant principal, intern principal, or interim principal.

In addition to the leadership domains of knowledge and learning considered as world class by the profession, the Master’s Program addresses knowledge and competencies required for the Florida Leadership Standards, Competencies, and Skills which are measured through the FELE. It also complies with knowledge requirements specified by the College of Education accrediting body, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the national leadership standards (ISLCC). Students who complete this program are prepared to sit for the FELE examination, and those opting for certification must pass the exam in order to graduate. Students who do not want Level 1 Certification will have different internship requirements.


The following lists the coursework that you must take in order to meet the requirements for the School Leaders Masters Program Degree. The Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) must be taken and passed before graduation.

All of the courses are available online, with the exception of three internships (2 credits each), one for each semester of the academic calendar (Fall, Spring, and Summer). These internships are constructed as a combination of a series of face-to-face seminars with an instructor with school-based tasks conducted at the student’s school site with the support of their mentor, usually the school principal.

Take all of the following:

Course #

Course Title


ADE 6381 Leadership 1: Adult Learning and Assessment 3
EDS 6100 Leadership 2: Theory and Assessment 3
EDA 6103 Leadership 3: Administrative Processes 3


RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS – 6 to 9 credits *
Take all of the following:
Course # Course Title


STA 6113 Statistical Methods in Education 3
EDF 6481 Educational Research Methods (pre- or co-requisite: Stat. Methods 3
EME 6426 Administrative Applications of Educational Technology* 3

* Students may substitute the Educational Leadership Technology Assessment Certificate

Take all of the following:

Course #

 Course Title


EDA 6207 Managing School Operations 3
EDF 6786 Educational Governance 3
EDS 6050 Instructional Leadership 1  3
EDS 6052 Instructional Leadership 2 (prerequisite: Instructional Leadership 1) 3
EDA 6232 Practical School Law (prerequisite: Educational Governance) 3
EDA 6300 Community Partnerships and Diversity 3


Course # Course Title


EDA 6945 Fall Internship* 2
EDA 6946 Spring Internship* 2
EDA 6947 Summer Internship* 2

*not offered online

Additional Graduation Requirements
Students must complete the following in addition to the course work:

  • Florida Educational Leadership Exam – must present the official score report indicating all three subtests are passed.
  • ESOL – Candidates who have not met the requirement for sixty (60) hours of ESOL district in-service credit or three (3) credit hours in a survey type ESOL course must take TSL 4324: ESOL Strategies for Content Area Teachers prior to program completion.
  • Technology Proficiency Certificate – Students who choose to take the Educational Leadership Technology Assessment Certificate must present the certificate showing successful completion of the assessment.

Sample Careers:

  • School Department Chairperson
  • Assistant Principal
  • School Principal
  • School District Program Director/Area Superintendent

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Degree Details
College College of Education
Degree type M. Ed.
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $369.82
- Out of State (FL) $1,024.81
Credits needed to graduate 39 hours*
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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