Educational Leadership

School of Education
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Master’s Degree

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
— William Butler Yeats

Program Overview

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership in any of the three concentrations (Curriculum Leadership, K-12 Public School Leadership and Non-Public/Charter School Leadership) are state-approved programs designed to develop outstanding leaders, supervisors and administrators for the schools of Florida and the nation.

This program is designed to provide aspiring school leaders with the tools needed for leadership in the 21st century.  The curriculum is current, research-based and focused on application in the educational setting at all levels. Courses are also taught by faculty with diverse experiences in education including school leadership, district administration and university teaching and research. With flexibility and support in mind, these courses are designed for working professionals. 

They include face-to-face, online and hybrid classes, making it possible for full-time educators to complete their programs in as few as five semesters.  Faculty and academic advisors will help you develop a plan that meets your needs and suits your schedule.  With online support and services just a click away, USFSM gives personalized assistance that meets your needs as a working student.

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Is the Educational Leadership Program Right for You?

Do you like to work collaboratively with others? Are you someone who loves guiding students and is committed to their success? Do you feel inspired to mentor future generations? If so, a career in Educational Leadership may be the right profession for you!

Academic leaders are motivated to learn, lead and inspire future generations in addition to transforming the educational field through research. They feel committed to cultivating the success of younger generations and value life-long learning, collaboration and reflection as important components of both professional and personal growth.

People within this field are devoted to caring for and molding students into successful future leaders. If you feel motivated to be a leader within the educational field, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from USFSM might be the degree for you.

Future Careers

Educational Leadership graduates are sought after for administrative positions in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte County School Districts because of their leadership training specific for the educational field. With a Master’s in Educational Leadership from USFSM, graduates begin careers as professionals with scholarly expertise. USFSM graduates go on to serve as:

  • Department Heads
  • Curriculum Specialists
  • Assistant Principals
  • Principals
  • District-Level Administration Leaders 

For more information on future careers and internships, please visit Career Services.

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