This program is offered partially online.
Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Minimum Total Hours: 30
CIP Code: 13.0401
Dept. Code: LEA
Major/College Codes: CAS ED
Department: Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE)
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership degree consists of a minimum of thirty credits of coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree. Students in the program engage research in order to develop socially just decision-making strategies, engage and inform stakeholders, sustain motivation for change, and build academic improvement opportunities for all children. Through collaborative inquiry, culturally relevant pedagogy, leadership opportunities, and public deliberation, students address historical and perennial issues confounding public education. Accordingly, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership prepares schools leaders to perform their designated tasks in an effective, equitable and ethical manner aligned to the Florida Principal Leadership Standards (FPLS) for K-12 schools. Successful completion of coursework and degree requirements fulfills core curriculum requirements for State of Florida Level I Educational Leadership certification.
Accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP); and the Florida Department of Education.
Admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program occurs each fall and spring semester. Admission is based on a holistic evaluation of each applicant’s demonstrated academic potential to complete all degree requirements successfully. Success in the M.Ed. program requires a commitment to utilizing rigorous inquiry, developing strong analytical and writing skills, and demonstrating a commitment to purposeful inclusive practices that lead to learning for all students. The program faculty will consider each applicant within the context defined by her or his personal and professional qualifications.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- For those seeking State of Florida Level I Educational Leadership certification, a valid Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate
- Two years of teaching experience
- A letter of intent (brief statement outlining experience and goals for the degree).
- Three letters of professional recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and professional competence.
- roof of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training (e.g. ESOL endorsement; completion of ESOL certification exam plus 120 hours of ESOL district in‐service training; or, completion TSL 5085; ESOL 1 or equivalent.) Note: Contact the department if you do not meet the above criteria. Non‐degree seeking coursework or the Graduate Record Examination scores may be required if an applicant’s GPA is below 3.00.
All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:
- A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
- Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).