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Educational Leadership

Pursuing an administrative career within P-12 education has always been an option, but now is the time to make it a reality. Enhance your knowledge of leadership, curriculum development, legal and financial aspects of school management, and working effectively with linguistically, culturally and racially diverse student populations by pursuing our master's degree in educational leadership at Stetson University.

Why Educational Leadership at Stetson University?

Stetson University's Educational Leadership program will help you establish the qualifications needed for positions as deans, assistant principals, principals, program directors, instructional coaches and state education-level positions. This program is built on the application of "theory to practice" and focuses on contemporary content and experiences that result in passing the Florida Educational Leadership Examination.

Stetson offers this Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and a Modified Educational Leadership program. The difference between the two programs is that a previous master's degree already needs to have been obtained to qualify for the Modified program.

Program Highlights
Our programs are based on cohort learning. This encourages candidates to build meaningful relationships with their principals, administrators and their peers in each cohort. Students develop knowledge, skills, and professional and ethical dispositions to be reflective practitioners, collaborative instructional leaders, facilitative change agents and responders to diversity.

Master's Program of Study

  • 180-hour educational leadership internship experience in your school
  • Action Research Project
  • Skills and knowledge necessary to pass the FELE required for certification as an administrator

Modified Program of Study

  • 90-hour educational leadership internship experience in your school
  • Skills and knowledge necessary to pass the FELE required for certification as an administrator

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Martha Ladd '20 Education Leadership Certificate

"Their professors have that professional experience and really do take the time to invest in you, invest in your work and promote your advancement..."

Martha Ladd ’20 Education Leadership Certificate

Maribel Maeso '19 MEd

"Stetson University gave me the platform to graduate, pass the FELE...I was able to walk in confidence into my interview...Can you believe it? Everything happened in less than a year."

Maribel Maeso '19 MEd

Career Outcomes

Educational leaders holding a master's degree and Principalship Certification typically earn higher salaries than teachers with only a bachelor's degree. Graduates assume the following positions:

  • Assistant principals
  • Associate superintendents
  • Superintendents
  • Deans
  • Administrators of district-level programs
  • State and federal leadership officials
  • Academic coaches
  • Assessment and testing coordinators
  • Educational Leadership internships

As a part of Stetson University's Educational Leadership graduate program, degree-seeking students complete 180 hours of an Educational Leadership internship experience at their school site during three semesters. This experience provides students with receiving hands-on coaching from experienced school administrators and support from Stetson University faculty members.

The Leadership Candidate performs administrative/leadership duties under the supervision of a school-based principal. The internship is a practical learning experience open only to advanced graduate students in Educational Leadership. It is designed for reflective practitioners to bridge the gap between principles and theory and real-world educational leadership experiences.

This program is designed to equip individuals for professions in which state-regulated professional licensure or certification may be available. The internship experience and seminars provide students with an understanding of the Florida Principal Standards and the Competencies of the FELE.

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Our leading faculty members of the Department of Education are highly regarded among Stetson University students and graduates alike.

Our faculty are always willing to engage with prospective students who are interested in the program. You may request an appointment with a graduate faculty member and our Office of Graduate Admissions will help you confirm the appointment.

For up-to-date information about admission and program requirements, check the university catalog.


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