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Educational Leadership

The master of science in education with a specialization in educational leadership is a state-approved program in Nevada for add-on licensure for teachers. It focuses on preparing prekindergarten through 12th grade teachers for administrative positions in public and nonpublic schools and school systems. This specialization 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 Nevada Department of Education’s educational leadership licensure requirements.

Who Should Apply

  • Complete the admission application packet and submit a $50.00 non-refundable fee (U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions. An official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA in last 60 credits of undergraduate degree program.
  • Valid Professional Teaching Certificate/License.
  • Official Verification Letter (documenting at least two (2) years of teaching experience) 
  • Student Enrollment Agreement (available in application packet).

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
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 Management of Schools 3
EDL 505 Educational Budgeting and Finance 3
EDL 520 School Law for Administrators 3
EDL 525 HR – Process and Staff Development 3
EDL 545 Administration of School Improvement Process 3
EDL 699 Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship 6

Program Prerequisites:

*Students may apply to EDL 545 when 21 credit hours of EDL prefix courses have been completed and registration for the remaining EDL prefix course is submitted with the EDL 545 application for the same session (8 week period) of enrollment. Educational Leadership students are encouraged to complete all EDL prefix courses prior to application for EDL 545. Advisor’s approval is required.

**EL 699 – Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship (*Students are eligible for EL 699 when enrolled in a minimum of 18 credit hours of Educational Leadership courses prior to applying for EL 699. In addition, EL 699 requires the approval of the Administrator of Educational Leadership Internship.


Coursework for the educational leadership specialization, state approved in Nevada, is available online which allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. This distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The administrative internship is the culminating experience in this program. The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity to perform the duties of a school or district administrator. Under the guidance of an experienced cooperating administrator and a faculty supervisor, the intern will observe, interview, and work with the assigned administrator for a minimum of 240 contact hours. In addition, students will maintain leadership portfolios detailing the role and responsibilities of an educational leader.

Faculty members in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are dedicated to preparing aspiring teachers and those seeking careers as professionals in education-related fields. Hailing from NSU and other major universities and institutions throughout the country and around the world, our faculty are highly respected professional practitioners and recognized scholars who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Furthermore, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Meet the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction

  • Nevada residents are required to take and pass all sections of the Praxis II exam: (0411) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision minimum score: 141.
  • Educational Leadership students who reside in Georgia are required to take and pass all sections of the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) for Educational Leadership.
  • Educational Leadership students who reside in states other than Florida, Georgia, and Nevada are required to complete their state’s department of education Educational Leadership exam requirement. If there is no Educational Leadership state test requirement, students are required to complete and pass the Praxis II exam: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision. 
  • All students must have 3 years of teaching experience to complete graduation requirements.
  • All students must submit a Degree Application:

The master of science in education with a specialization in educational leadership, state approved in Nevada, meets all requirements of the Nevada Department of Education’s educational leadership license.