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Certificate of Educational Leadership (Modified Core)

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

The Certificate of Educational Leadership Modified Core program is a state-approved program in Florida for add-on certification for teachers. It focuses on preparing prekindergarten through 12th-grade teachers for administrative positions in public and nonpublic schools and school systems. This certificate program provides educators with leadership skills through practical application and provides broad knowledge of social, political, and economic forces at work in society that affect education. Course content is research-based and infuses best practices in education, while aligning directly with the Florida Department of Education’s program certification requirements. Subject to certain restrictions, credits earned in this program may be accepted as meeting requirements for the Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree. This certificate program is financial aid eligible.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers who wish to enter the field of educational leadership.
  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Official transcripts indicating conferral of master's degree by a regionally accredited institution (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA required).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions.

Credits earned in this program may be accepted as meeting requirements for the Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree (subject to restrictions).

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDL 506 Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment 3
EDL 550 Electronic Tools for Educational Leaders 3
EDL 510 Ethical School Leadership 3
EDL 500 Problem Solving and Visionary Leadership 3
EDL 530 Organizational Management of Schools 3
EDL 505 Educational Budgeting and Finance 3
EDL 520 School Law for Administrators 3
EDL 525 Human Resources: Process and Staff Development 3
EL 600 Seminar in the Knowledge Base of Educational Leadership 3
EL 698 Administration/Educational Leadership Internship 3


Additional Certificate Completion Requirements:

  • Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) – Passing scores on all sections are required.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Financial aid is available to students enrolled in this program.

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Q. How long will it take to complete the program?

A. The Certificate of Educational Leadership Modified Core program may be completed within three semesters or within one year. Courses in the Certificate of Educational Leadership Modified Core program are offered in an eight-week format.

Gainful employment programs are those programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The following link provides information from the Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET) about the occupations that may be related to the Certificate of Educational Leadership Modified Core program:


O*NET Occupational Profile

11-9030 Education Administrators

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