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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Educational Leadership (CAS)

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Master of Education (M.Ed.)
CIP Code: 13.0401
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Education
Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE) Department (LEA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
William Black
Phone: 813-974-6097
Email: wrblack@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/edlead/masters.html


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List


Major Information

The Master of Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) degree consists of a minimum of thirty-six (36) credits for coursework beyond those received at the Bachelors degree. Research, data use, and evaluation are used to develop socially just decision-making strategies, to inform stakeholders, to sustain motivation for change, and to build academic improvement opportunities for all children. Emphasis is placed on the study and exploration of how the traditional management roles of budgeting, personnel selection and assignments, technology integration, facilities allocation, and program evaluation can be executed to serve the best interests of academic and organizational improvement. Accordingly, the M.Ed. educational leadership prepares school leaders to perform their designated task in effective, equitable and ethical manners aligned to the Florida Principal Leadership Standards for K-12 schools. Successful completion of the program fulfills curriculum and degree requirements for Florida certification in Level I K-12 Educational Leadership Administrative Class. For further information, please see http://www.usf.edu/education/academics/departments.aspx.

Accreditation Information:

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.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program occurs each fall and spring semester. Admission is based on a holistic evaluation of each applicants 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 requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • An earned bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education Or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
  • A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework.
  • For those seeking State of Florida Level I Educational Leadership certification, a valid Florida Professional Educators 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 applicants 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 program if you do not meet the above criteria.  Non?degree seeking coursework or the Graduate Record Examination scores may be required if an applicants GPA is below 3.00.

International Students
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.).

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 30 hours

Educational Leadership Core Knowledge Requirements - 15 hours
EDA 6192 Educational Leadership      (3)
EDA 6061 Principles of Educational Administration (3)
EDA 6213 Culturally Relevant Leadership      (3)
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EDA 6232 School Law   (3)

Educational Leadership Praxis and Field Experience Requirements - 15 hours
EDA 6106 Administrative Analysis and Change (3)
EDA 6945 Administration Practicum I (3)
EDA 6285 School Curriculum Improvement  (3)
EDA 6945 Administration Practicum II   (3)
EDA 6194 Educational Leadership II: Building Capacity  (3)

Comprehensive Exam
A comprehensive electronic portfolio is submitted for evaluation in lieu of a comprehensive examination.  

Graduation Requirement
The Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) must be passed prior to graduation. Official FELE score report submission 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.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

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