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Modified 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 certification at Stetson.

Why Modified Educational Leadership at Stetson University?

Stetson's Modified Educational Leadership program will help you establish the qualifications needed for positions such 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.

The difference between our Modified Educational Leadership program and our master's degree in Educational Leadership is that a previous master's degree already needs to have been obtained to qualify for the Modified program. As a research and competency-based program, the Modified Educational Leadership certification's 19-credit program schedule is designed to fit the work and personal needs of an educational professional. Students who have already earned a master's degree are still welcome to pursue an additional master's degree as part of our degree-seeking program.

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

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Madison Miller ’21 MEd

Stetson professors “definitely put me on the map for this nomination” and " fueled my flame for advocating for underrepresented groups.”

Madison Miller '21 MEd Educational Leadership, upon being named the 2022 Volusia County Teacher of the Year

Benjamin Wyatt Carter '17, MEd

Stetson’s Educational Leadership graduate program and faculty instilled the importance of working with “human capital – and there’s nothing more precious than that.” 

Benjamin Wyatt Carter '17 MEd Educational Leadership


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 Internship

This program is designed to equip individuals for professions in which state-regulated professional licensure or certification may be available.

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As a part of Stetson'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 hands-on coaching from experienced school administrators and support from Stetson 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 experiences.

The internship experience and seminars provide students with an understanding of the Florida Principal Standards and the Competencies of the FELE, required for graduation and state certification.

Students must meet General Education Requirements in addition to specific requirements within the major area of study.


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