Admission Deadlines Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 1
Degree Type: M.Ed.
CIP Code 13.0401
Major Code CAS
Department Code LEA
Concentration Codes PSD, NPC, CUL
Minimum Total Hours 36
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/educational-leadership/

Program Information

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is a state-approved program designed to develop outstanding educational leaders and supervisors for Florida and the nation. The M.Ed. Educational Leadership prepares school leaders to perform their designated tasks in an effective, ethical and efficient manner. The degree provides coursework that meets the Florida Principal Leadership Standards for K-12 schools in instructional leadership, operational leadership and school leadership.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership offers students an opportunity to pursue a concentration in one of three areas:  K-12 Public School Leadership, Curriculum Leadership, and Non-Public or Charter School Leadership.

Each concentration has a unique focus in Educational Leadership; students are encouraged to consider their career goals to determine the appropriate concentration.

  • K-12 Public School Leadership (PSD): Effective school leaders must be focused instructional leaders who are able to lead in diverse school settings. Successful completion of the concentration fulfills degree and core curriculum requirements for Florida certification in Level I K-12 Educational Leadership – Administrative Class.
  • Non-Public or Charter School Leadership (NPC): The face of education is changing nationwide and many private, charter, alternative, or independent schools are emerging. This concentration is designed for educational leadership positions in non-public K-12 settings that do not require Florida administrator certification. The program emphasizes leadership elements related to instruction, decision-making processes, building a strong learning environment, political and social context, and management. Graduates of this concentration are not eligible for Florida administrator certification.
  • Curriculum Leadership (CUL): Graduates of this concentration bring leadership skills to curriculum-focused roles in schools, district offices, and education-related organizations. The concentration is designed to teach and assess the knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective leadership in curriculum, instruction, and professional development for K-12 teachers or other educators. This concentration does not satisfy all requirements for administrator certification.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Candidates demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge for their respective roles.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Candidates engage in reflective and ethical practice as educators.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Candidates make professional educational decisions drawing on analysis of data and research from a variety of sources
  4. Educational Design
    • Candidates design educational experiences that result in successful learning.
    • Candidates demonstrate proficiency in educational technology aligned to the NETS-T standards.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Candidates construct learning environments that reflect the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students and the larger world.
    • Candidates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students

Accreditation

The program is offered through the USFSM’s College of Education (COE), which is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). USFSM is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Admission Requirements

Core Requirements – All Concentrations

  • Applicants must meet University requirements (See Graduate Admissions)
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an international equivalent.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants with GPAs below 3.00 must submit GRE scores from within the last 5 years. If the upper division GPA is below 3.0, contact the admissions advisor for options prior to completing any courses.
  • Three letters of reference.

Additional Requirements – Concentration Specific

K-12 Public School Leadership Concentration (PSD)
  • A valid Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate (please provide a clear copy showing border and State seal with your application).
  • Teaching under a full-time contract for a minimum of two years. Confirmation may be required.
  • Proof of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training (3-hour course or 60 hours of district in-service education; applicants who do not possess this training will be required to complete TSL 5085).
  • A letter of intent (brief statement outlining experience and goals for the degree).
Non-Public or Charter School Leadership Concentration (NPC)
  • Documentation that candidate is in or seeks an educational leadership position in a private, non-public, charter, or other school setting that does not require Florida State Certification.
  • A letter of intent discussing professional experiences and interests.
Curriculum Leadership Concentration (CUL)
  • Satisfactory 2 years post-Bachelor’s teaching or satisfactory curriculum related experience (K-12 preferred) with either a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate or a letter of verification from the employing institution.
  • Goals statement (1-2 pages) discussing professional experiences and interests in curriculum leadership with adults.

Note: Contact the graduate advisor if you do not meet the above criteria.

International Applicants

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:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts;
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Portfolio

The electronic portfolio (submitted in TaskStream) is a reflective capstone activity that allows student to synthesize their academic program of study, field experiences and achievements in professional practice as an evaluative assessment. It is completed as a part of EDA 6945 Practicum. This takes the place of the comprehensive exam.

TaskStream

TaskStream is the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education’s electronic document submission system required for students in all programs in the College of Education. This web-based software enables students to build media-rich online portfolios showcasing their learning achievements to share with peers, instructors, parents and employers; submit documents, projects and other assignments to instructors for feedback and assessment; and maintain portable samples of work products and accomplishments even after they graduate. The College of Education uses the system to ensure continuous improvement in our programs preparing candidates to work in schools. A subscription to TaskStream is required for students in the College of Education.

Graduation Requirements

Core Requirements – All Concentrations

  • A planned program of study should be completed and filed with the academic advisor during the first semester of study.
  • Completion of all courses as listed on planned program of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Grades below “C” are not acceptable toward degree requirements.
  • At the time of graduation, only those courses completed within the previous 5 years will count for the degree.
  • Student must apply for graduation by deadline of the term student wishes to graduate.
  • All required assignments in TaskStream are satisfactorily completed.

Additional Requirements – Concentration Specific

K-12 Public School Leadership Concentration

• Successful completion of the Educational Leadership: K-12 Public School Leadership (M.Ed) program fulfills the requirements for Florida certification in Level 1 K-12 Educational Leadership – Administrative Class. The Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) must be passed prior to graduation for this concentration. Official score report submission to USFSM COE graduate advisor is required.

*Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.

Coursework Requirement – Total Credit Hours 36-39

Degree Core (21 credits)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
EDA 6106 Administrative Analysis and Change 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDA 6192 Educational Leadership 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research 3 PR: EDF 6432 Please see advisor regarding prerequisite.
EDG 6285 School Curriculum Improvement 3 None
EDS 6050 Principles and Practices of Supervision 3 PR: EDA 6192, Graduate standing
EME 6425 Technology for School Management 3 None
EDA 6945 Administration Practicum 3 PR: EDA 6061; and completion of a significant amount of the student’s program. Student should take during their last semester

Concentrations

K-12 Public School Leadership Concentration (PSD) (15-18 credits)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 3 PR: EDG 4620 Please see advisor regarding prerequisite.
EDA 6061 Principles of Educational Administration 3 None
EDA 6232 School Law 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDA 6242 School Finance 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDA 6503 The Principalship 3 PR: EDA 6061
TSL 5085 Theory and Practice for Teaching English Language Learners 3 None Waived with documentation of 3-hour course or 60 hours of district in-service education

Non-Public or Charter School Leadership Concentration (NPC) (15 credits)

The following 2 courses (6 credits) are required:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
EDA 6061 Principles of Educational Administration 3 None
EDA 6232 School Law 3 PR: EDA 6061

Choose three courses (9 credits) of the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
EDG 6931 Selected Topics: Child Development 3 None
EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement 3 None
EDF 6606 Socio-Economics Foundations of American Education 4 None
EDF 6736 Education, Communication and Change 3 Consent of Instructor
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 3 PR: EDG 4620 Please see advisor regarding prerequisite.
EDG 6931 Selected Topics: Moral Development and Character Education 3 None
EDA 6242 School Finance 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDA 6503 The Principalship 3 PR: EDA 6061

 

 

Curriculum Leadership Concentration (CUL) (15 credits)

The following 2 courses (6 credits) are required:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
ADE 6385 The Adult Learner 3 None
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 3 PR: EDG 4620 Please see advisor regarding prerequisite.

Choose three courses (9 credits) of the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
EDA 6061 Principles of Educational Administration 3 None
EDF 6165 Group Processes for Educational Personnel 3 None
EDF 6736 Education, Communication and Change 3 Consent of Instructor
EDG 6931 Selected Topics: Moral Development and Character Education 3 DPR
EDG 6935 Seminar in Curriculum Leadership 3 None
RED 6247 District and School Level Supervision in Reading 3 PR: LAE 6315, RED 6544, RED 6545, RED 6747