Graduate Education Program

Stetson University's Graduate Education program offers a masters and certification only program Educational Leadership. Our program is designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century Schools and Educational Leadership demands for value-added evaluation of teachers and staff. It is focused on teacher leaders who are vested in culturally-responsive schools; using research-based practices to enhance learning for all students, while progressively closing the academic achievement gap for diverse populations in our schools. Stetson's graduate program is approved and accredited at the state and national levels.

Program Format

Our graduate programs are research-based, "theory to practice" and competency-based, designed with a schedule that fits the work and personal needs of educational professionals. Candidates will proceed through the course work in cohorts, starting in the summer, fall and spring semesters. The program encourages candidates to build meaningful relationships with their principals, administrators and their peers in each cohort. Candidates are encouraged to become leader-scholars, reflective decision makers who use research and validated models to enhance their knowledge, skills and professional and ethical dispositions involved in dynamic leadership for effective schools. Students work on internships in their own schools.


Our courses are offered at the DeLand campus. Classes, which are scheduled with working teachers in mind, are offered on Saturdays; the meeting days and times depend on the program.


The curriculum is designed to be consistently innovative, comprehensive and to meet state and national performance standards. Students are expected to become: collaborative instructional leaders, responders to diversity, facilitative agents for change and reflective practitioners.

Master's Degree can be completed within one year or three semesters, and Certification only programs can be completed in seven months or two semesters.

Program Course Offerings