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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program 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

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

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

Admission to the Master of Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) program in Educational Leadership occurs each spring. Admission to the M.Ed. program is based on a holistic evaluation of each applicant's demonstrated academic potential to complete all of the degree requirements successfully. Success in the M.Ed. program requires a commitment to utilizing rigorous inquiry, applying excellence in research methods, and to developing exceptional policy writing skills. The program faculty will consider each applicant within the context defined by her or his personal and professional qualifications.

Applicants must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • An earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an international equivalent.
  • A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework.
  • A valid Florida Professional Educator's Certificate showing border and State
  • 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 applicant's academic and professional competence.
  • Proof 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 department if you do not meet the above criteria. Non-degree seeking coursework or the Graduate Record Examination scores may be required if an applicant's 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 course-by-course evaluation of official transcripts from foreign institutions by an approved external agency
  • 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.)

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree 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.

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