Master of Education
Program of Study
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership consists of 30 hours of required coursework.
Educational Leadership Core Knowledge Requirements (15 credits)
- EDA 6192: Educational Leadership
- EDG 6627: Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction
- EDA 6061: Principles of Educational Administration
- EDA 6232: School Law
- EDA 6213: Culturally Relevant Leadership
Education Leadership Praxis and Field Experience Requirements (15 credits)
- EDA 6106: Administrative Analysis and Change
- EDA 6945: Administrative Practicum I
- EDA 6194: Educational Leadership II: Building Capacity
- EDA 6945: Administrative Practicum II
- EDG 6285: School Curriculum Improvement
Current Rotation of Courses (Please be aware that these could be adjusted, dependent on enrollment)
|Fall Semesters||Spring Semesters||Summer Semesters|
|EDA 6192: Educational Leadership (M/W)||EDA 6232: School Law (M/W)||EDA 6106: Administrative and Change (M/W)|
|EDA 6627: Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction (M/W)||EDA 6213: Culturally Relevant Leadership (M/W)||EDA 6061: Principles of Ed Admin. (M/W)|
|EDA 6194: Educational Leadership II: (M/W)||EDG 6285: School Curriculum Improvement (M/W)||EDA 6627: Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction (M/W)|
|EDA 6945: Internship||EDA 6945: Internship|
|Spring Semesters||Spring Semesters||Fall Semesters|
|EDA 6192: Educational Leadership (Saturdays)||EDA 6061: Principles of Ed Admin. (Saturdays)||EDA 6194: Educational Leadership: (Saturdays)|
|EDA 6627: Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction (Saturday)||EDA 6213: Culturally Relevant Leadership (Saturdays)||EDA 6945: Internship|
|EDA 6945: Internship||EDA 6106: Administrative and Change (M/W)|
EDG 6285: School Curriculum Improvement (Saturdays)
EDA 6232: School Law (M/W)
At the beginning of the program, students should expect to attend an orientation to program requirements, internship structure, academic and writing expectations, Canvas, Florida Level 1 Educational Leadership licensing procedures, and program personnel. Students should expect to be involved in practicum activities throughout the second half of the program.
We strongly recommend starting classes with a cohort sequence. Our course sequence is the result of careful deliberation on foundational and applied knowledge and tasks. It is likely that students who take classes out of sequence may find that they would have to wait a semester or two to take required classes as many classes are only offered once a year.
Requirements for Florida Level 1 Educational Leadership Certification
In addition to successful completion of coursework and practicum activities, students have two additional requirements. 1. There is a state-required ESOL requirement that can be waived with documentation of completion of a three (3) credit hour course in ESOL, possession of an ESOL endorsement or completion of 120 hours of ESOL district in-service training plus completion of the ESOL certification exam. 2. The Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) must be taken and passed in order to graduate.
The Gulf Coast Partnership (GCP)
Currently, the school districts of Pasco and Pinellas counties participate in the Gulf Coast Partnership (GCP) with the University of South Florida. In collaboration with USF faculty, these two districts select aspiring leaders for the M.Ed. Spring cohort and support a year-long job-embedded internship program for them. Students pay for their own tuition and books, with the cost to the district being the salary for a teacher to replace the administrative intern.
During the last half of their program, GCP candidates are assigned to a school by their district to work full time as an administrative intern under the mentorship of a high-performing leader. Upon completion of this program, these aspiring leaders are selected to be an assistant principal in their district, without going through their district’s aspiring leaders program. Cumulative data from the past five years indicates approximately 94 percent of graduates are hired for an administrative position within three months of completing the program. Conversations are currently being held with other districts to replicate this model.