Master of Education


Offered partially-online on all USF campuses

About the Program

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is a Florida state-approved program that provides course work and internships leading to Florida Level 1 Educational Leadership Certification. Successful completion of coursework and degree requirements, including passage of the Florida Educational Leaders Examination (FELE), fulfills core curriculum requirements for Florida Level I Educational Leadership Certification.

While the program aligns with the Florida Principal Leadership Standards, which emphasize instructional leadership for student learning and achievement, this program also reflects the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies’ program commitment to equity, excellence, culturally relevant leadership, and community partnerships.

As of Summer 2020, this partially-online program is a shared program between all three USF campuses. Student services are available at USF's Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses to accommodate students from across the Tampa Bay area. 

UCEA Standards for Educational Leadership Preparation Programs

As a member of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a national consortium of research active Educational Leadership and Policy Studies programs, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership's curriculum adheres to UCEA’s standards for educational leadership preparation programs:

  • Relevant knowledge focused on the essential obstacles of schooling, leadership and administrative practice
  • Engagement in collaborative relationships
  • Alignment with quality leadership standards, informed by current scholarship on the essential problems of schooling, leadership and administrative practice, and research-based, best practices in leadership preparation
  • Engagement in on-going programmatic evaluation and enhancement