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Educational Leadership (Florida State-Approved for Certification)

The Ed.S. with a specialization in Educational Leadership is a DOE 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 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 Florida Department of Education’s program certification requirements.


Who Should Apply

  • Practicing prekindergarten through 12th grade teachers who wish to obtain a graduate degree or recertification and enter the field of educational leadership


  • Individuals with a master's degree in an education field who wish to obtain a graduate degree or recertification and/or add a certification area in educational leadership
  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a master’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (3.0 minimum grade-point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions 

Additional Entrance Requirements (effective for students entering in Fall 2018 and later)

  • Applicants must have a current Professional Educator’s Certificate

  • Supervisor Recommendation Form from a supervisor at the applicant’s school or district demonstrating the applicant’s leadership potential and skills

  • Applicants must submit two most recent performance evaluations or equivalent (Section 1012.31, F.S.) with obtained earnings of an “effective” or higher rating

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the M.S. and Ed.S. Program 0
EDU 0708 Research Design in Education 3
EDL 0702 Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment 3
EDL 0750 Technology for Educational Leaders 3
EDL 0710 Educational Leadership 3
EDL 0725 Human Resources and Staff Development 3
EDL 0700 Problem Solving and Visionary Leadership 3
EDL 0730 Management of Schools 3
EDL 0705 Educational Budgeting and Finance 3
EDL 0720 School Law for Administrators 3
EL 0600 Seminar in the Knowledge Base of Educational Leadership 3
EL 0699 Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship 6


Coursework for the educational specialist degree in educational leadership is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The online delivery option allows international students and those who don't live near our South Florida campuses to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in a location near their homes. The distance education 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 300 contact hours. In addition, students will maintain a leadership portfolio 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

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Successful completion of the administrative internship, including the portfolio
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Passing scores on all sections of the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE)
  • Completed application for degree 

Additional Completion Requirements (effective for students entering in Fall 2018 and later)

  • ESOL: All candidates must provide evidence that this requirement has been satisfied.

Candidates who have not met their ESOL/ELL requirement of sixty (60) hours of ESOL district in-service points must show evidence of three (3) credit hours in a Florida DOE approved survey type ESOL course prior to program completion.

Students are advised to contact their department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals. It is the responsibility of each student to contact his or her state department of education regarding certification, recertification, and/or endorsement requirements.

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