Admission Deadlines Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 1
Degree Type: M.Ed.
CIP Code 13.0401
Major Code CAS
Department Code LEA
Concentration Codes PSD, NPC, CUL
Minimum Total Hours 36
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/educational-leadership/

Program Information

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is a state-approved program designed to develop outstanding educational leaders and supervisors for Florida and the nation. The M.Ed. Educational Leadership prepares school leaders to perform their designated tasks in an effective, ethical and efficient manner. The degree provides coursework that meets the Florida Principal Leadership Standards for K-12 schools in instructional leadership, operational leadership and school leadership.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership offers students an opportunity to pursue a concentration in one of three areas:  K-12 Public School Leadership, Curriculum Leadership, and Non-Public or Charter School Leadership.

Each concentration has a unique focus in Educational Leadership; students are encouraged to consider their career goals to determine the appropriate concentration.

  • K-12 Public School Leadership (PSD): Effective school leaders must be focused instructional leaders who are able to lead in diverse school settings. Successful completion of the concentration fulfills degree and core curriculum requirements for Florida certification in Level I K-12 Educational Leadership – Administrative Class.  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.
  • Non-Public or Charter School Leadership (NPC): The face of education is changing nationwide and many private, charter, alternative, or independent schools are emerging. This concentration is designed for educational leadership positions in non-public K-12 settings that do not require Florida administrator certification. The program emphasizes leadership elements related to instruction, decision-making processes, building a strong learning environment, political and social context, and management. Graduates of this concentration are not eligible for Florida administrator certification.
  • Curriculum Leadership (CUL): Graduates of this concentration bring leadership skills to curriculum-focused roles in schools, district offices, and education-related organizations. The concentration is designed to teach and assess the knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective leadership in curriculum, instruction, and professional development for K-12 teachers or other educators. This concentration does not satisfy all requirements for administrator certification.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Candidates demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge base in the discipline across seven domains of leadership standards.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Candidates develop well-reasoned beliefs based on integrity and respect for the rights of others.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Candidates critically analyze, integrating theory, research, and practice, making decision that set the strategic direction of changes needed.
  4. Educational Design
    • Candidates promote a positive learning culture with support for instructional and curricular improvement using practical abilities to facilitate, monitor, and evaluate organizational development.
    • Candidates demonstrate the use and promotion of technology and information systems to monitor, manage, and enrich the learning environment.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Candidates embrace diversity and address implications of diversity and exceptionality in policy and  practice.
    • Candidates demonstrate ability to engage others in reflective practice, effective communication, and reading.

Admission Requirements

Core Requirements – All Concentrations

  • Applicants must meet University requirements (See Graduate Admissions)
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an international equivalent.
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants with GPAs below 3.00 must submit GRE scores from within the last five (5) years. If the upper division GPA is below 3.00, contact the admissions advisor for options prior to completing any courses.
  • Three (3) letters of reference. At least one of the three (3) letters of reference must be from the applicant’s current or recent direct supervisor.

Additional Requirements – Concentration Specific

K-12 Public School Leadership Concentration (PSD)
  • Documentation of a valid Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate (please provide a print-out of current certification(s) from FLDOE’s Educator Certification Lookup)
  • Teaching under a full-time contract for a minimum of two (2) years. Confirmation may be required.
  • Proof of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training (3-hour course or 60 hours of district in-service education; applicants who do not possess this training will be required to complete TSL 5085).
  • A letter of intent (brief statement outlining experience and goals for the degree).
Non-Public or Charter School Leadership Concentration (NPC)
  • Documentation that candidate is in or seeks an educational leadership position in a private, non-public, charter, or other school setting that does not require Florida State Certification.
  • A letter of intent discussing professional experiences and interests.
Curriculum Leadership Concentration (CUL)
  • Satisfactory two (2) years post-Bachelor’s teaching or satisfactory curriculum related experience (K-12 preferred) with either a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate (please provide a print-out of current certification(s) from FLDOE’s Educator Certification Lookup) or a letter of verification from the employing institution.
  • Goals statement (1-2 pages) discussing professional experiences and interests in curriculum leadership with adults.

Note: Contact the graduate advisor if you do not meet the above criteria.

Dual Concentration Option

Candidates wishing to pursue 2 concentrations must be eligible for admission to and complete all degree requirements for both concentrations.

International Applicants

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 School of Education must provide the following:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts;
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or clinical education;
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Portfolio

The electronic portfolio (submitted in Taskstream) is a reflective capstone activity that allows student to synthesize their academic program of study, field experiences and achievements in professional practice as an evaluative assessment. It is completed as a part of EDA 6945 Practicum. This takes the place of the comprehensive exam.

Taskstream

TaskStream is a web-based electronic portfolio required of students in the School of Education (SOE) programs.  It provides a way to submit documents, including Critical Tasks, Transition Point Projects, Disposition Self-Assessments, and forms such as the Filed-work and Diversity Tracking Forms to instructors for feedback and assessment.  These assessments are used to evaluate candidate progress toward meeting standards set by the faculty, Florida Department of Education where applicable and pertinent professional organizations.  The SOE faculty analyzes data from the assessments and uses the data for program planning in order to ensure continuous improvement.

USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Education degree-seeking students enrolled in a course with a Critical Task, Transition Point Project, Dispositions Assessment, Field-work, or Portfolio, are required to have a subscription to Taskstream; please visit the Taskstream homepage to create an account – https://www1.taskstream.com/

Graduation Requirements

Core Requirements – All Concentrations

  • A planned program of study should be completed and filed with the academic advisor during the first semester of study.
  • Completion of all courses as listed on planned program of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Grades below “C” are not acceptable toward degree requirements.
  • At the time of graduation, only those courses completed within the previous five (5) years will count for the degree.
  • Student must apply for graduation by deadline of the term student wishes to graduate.
  • All required assignments in Taskstream are satisfactorily completed.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of two (2) hours of graduate study in the semester in which they will graduate.

Additional Requirements – Concentration Specific

K-12 Public School Leadership Concentration

• Successful completion of the Educational Leadership: K-12 Public School Leadership (M.Ed) program fulfills the requirements for Florida certification in Level 1 K-12 Educational Leadership – Administrative Class. The Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) must be passed prior to graduation for this concentration. Official score report submission to USFSM SOE graduate advisor is 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.

Coursework Requirement – Total Credit Hours 36-39

Degree Core (21 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDA 6106 Administrative Analysis and Change 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDA 6192 Educational Leadership 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research 3 PR: EDF 6432; DPR Please see advisor regarding prerequisite
EDG 6285 School Curriculum Improvement 3 None
EDS 6050 Principles and Practices of Educational Supervision 3 PR: EDA 6192; Graduate Standing
EME 6425 Technology for School Management 3 None
EDA 6945 Administration Practicum 3 PR: EDA 6061; Completion of a significant amount of the student’s program Student should take during their last semester

Concentrations

K-12 Public School Leadership Concentration (PSD) (15-18 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 3 PR: EDG 4620 Please see advisor regarding prerequisite
EDA 6061 Principles of Educational Administration 3 None
EDA 6232 School Law 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDA 6242 School Finance 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDA 6503 The Principalship 3 PR: EDA 6061
TSL 5085 Theory and Practice for Teaching English Language Learners 3 None Waived with documentation of 3-hour course or 60 hours of district in-service education

Non-Public or Charter School Leadership Concentration (NPC) (15 credit hours)

The following two (2) courses (6 credit hours) are required:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDA 6061 Principles of Educational Administration 3 None
EDA 6232 School Law 3 PR: EDA 6061

Choose three (3) courses (9 credit hours) of the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDG 6931 Selected Topics in Education: Child Development 3 None
EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement 3 None
EDF 6606 Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education 4 None
EDF 6736 Education, Communication and Change 3 None
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 3 PR: EDG 4620 Please see advisor regarding prerequisite
EDG 6931 Selected Topics in Education:  Moral Development and Character Education 3 None
EDA 6242 School Finance 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDA 6503 The Principalship 3 PR: EDA 6061

 

Curriculum Leadership Concentration (CUL) (15 credit hours)

The following two (2) courses (6 credit hours) are required:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ADE 6385 The Adult Learner 3 None
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 3 PR: EDG 4620 Please see advisor regarding prerequisite

Choose three (3) courses (9 credit hours) of the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDA 6061 Principles of Educational Administration 3 None
EDF 6165 Group Processes for Educational Personnel 3 None
EDF 6736 Education, Communication and Change 3 None
EDG 6931 Selected Topics in Education 3 DPR
EDG 6935 Seminar in Curriculum Research 3 None
RED 6247 District and School Level Supervision in Literacy 3 PR: LAE 6315, RED 6544, RED 6545, RED 6747