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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.

Delivery Options

Coursework for this Master of Science in Education program is offered entirely online.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing prekindergarten through 12th grade teachers who wish to obtain graduate degrees and enter the field of educational leadership 
  • Individuals with bachelor’s degrees and valid professional teaching certificates who wish to obtain graduate degrees 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 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

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average 

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the M.S. and Ed.S. Program 0
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


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.

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