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Educational Leadership

A Master of Science in Educational Leadership helps you create a bigger impact on education in your school, district or university. Increase teacher satisfaction. Inspire academic success. Take on social, political and economic challenges. Learn to lead with care and confidence. Our graduates have built rewarding careers as K-12 assistant principals and principals, district administrators, higher education instructors, counselors and admissions directors. Follow in their footsteps and work to create a better tomorrow.

Three Ways to Dominate

Our degree-only track & Florida and Nevada certification tracks offer three ways to get the NSU edge. Coursework is offered entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.

The degree-only track focuses on preparing educators as managers and administrators.

The certification tracks are available to practicing prekindergarten through 12th grade teachers who wish to obtain graduate degrees and enter the field of educational leadership. Those with a bachelor's degree and a valid professional teaching certificate who wish to obtain graduate degrees and/or add a certification area in educational leadership are also welcome to apply.

Florida Certification Track

The Florida Certification Track is a state-approved program in Florida. Course content is research based and infuses best practices in education, while aligning directly with the Florida Department of Education’s program certification requirements.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree by a regionally accredited institution (3.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • 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
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
EDL 0506 Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment 3
EDL 0550 Electronic Tools for Educational Leaders 3
EDL 0510 School Leadership 3
EDL 0525 Human Resources: Process and Staff Development 3
EDL 0500 Problem Solving and Visionary Leadership 3
EDL 0530 Management of Schools 3
EDL 0505 Educational Budgeting and Finance 3
EDL 0520 School Law for Administrators 3
EL 0600 Seminar in the Knowledge Base of Educational Leadership 3
EL 0699 Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship 6

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

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 leadership portfolios detailing the role and responsibilities of an educational leader.

The master of science in education with a specialization in educational leadership,state approved in Florida, meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education educational leadership add-on certification.

Florida participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement facilitating mobility of educational personnel. Graduates who wish to obtain certification/licensure outside the state of Florida must contact their state's department of education for information for attaining certification/licensure through reciprocity.

Nevada Certification Track

The Nevada Certification Track is a state-approved program for those that wish to teach in Nevada. Course content is research based and infuses best practices in education, while aligning directly with Nevada's Department of Education’s program certification requirements.

  • 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 three (3) years of teaching experience) 
  • Student Enrollment Agreement (available in application packet).

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
EDL 0506 Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment 3
EDL 0550 Electronic Tools for Educational Leaders 3
EDL 0510 School Leadership 3
EDL 0525 Human Resources: Process and Staff Development 3
EDL 0500 Problem Solving and Visionary Leadership 3
EDL 0530 Management of Schools 3
EDL 0505 Educational Budgeting and Finance 3
EDL 0520 School Law for Administrators 3
EDL 0545 School Improvement Process 3
EDL 0699 Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship 6

Program Prerequisites:

*Students may apply to EDL 0545 when 21 credit hours of EDL prefix courses have been completed and registration for the remaining EDL prefix course is submitted with the EDL 0545 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 0545. Advisor’s approval is required.

**EL 0699 – Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship (*Students are eligible for EL 0699 when enrolled in a minimum of 18 credit hours of Educational Leadership courses prior to applying for EL 0699. In addition, EL 0699 requires the approval of the Administrator of Educational Leadership Internship.

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

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.
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.

Degree-Only Track

The M.S. in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership (non-certification) focuses on preparing educators as managers and administrators. This concentration provides educators with skills in leadership, management and supervision, and budgeting as related to curriculum and instruction. Course content is research-based and infuses best practices in education.

Note: This program of study has not been reviewed for approval for any specific state. It may lead to certification/licensure, based on a courses-by-course transcript review by a state department of education.  However, to determine this, you need to direct questions on certification/licensure to your local school district and/or state department of education.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • 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
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
EDL 0506 Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment 3
EDL 0550 Electronic Tools for Educational Leaders 3
EDL 0510 School Leadership 3
EDL 0525 Human Resources: Process and Staff Development 3
EDL 0500 Problem Solving and Visionary Leadership 3
EDL 0530 Management of Schools 3
EDL 0505 Educational Budgeting and Finance 3
EDL 0520 School Law for Administrators 3
EL 0600 Seminar in the Knowledge Base of Educational Leadership * 3
EL 0699 Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship * 6

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

*Students residing in states outside of Florida should enroll in EDL 545: School Improvement Process (3 credits) instead of EL 600.

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 leadership portfolios detailing the role and responsibilities of an educational leader.

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