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Educational Leadership

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership is a state-approved program in Ohio for add-on licensure for teachers. It focuses on preparing teachers teaching grades K-6, 4-9, and 5-12 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 Ohio Board of Regents’ educational leadership licensure requirements.

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 (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Valid Teaching License: Professional

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 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
EL 699 Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship 6


Coursework for the educational leadership specialization state approved in Ohio is available online, at NSU Campuses throughout the state of Florida, and through an on-site cohort in Ohio. 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 option allows busy professionals the option to complete 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 leadership portfolios detailing the role and responsibilities of an educational leader.

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.

  • All students (who reside in states other than Florida) must have 3 years of teaching experience to complete graduation requirements.
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Passing Scores on all sections of the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE)
  • Successful completion of the administrative internship, including the portfolio
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Content Assessment-Passing Score of 220 on the Educational Leadership Test (#015)
  • Completed application for degree

The master of science in education with a specialization in educational leadership, state approved in Ohio, meets all of the Ohio Board of Regents’ educational leadership licensure requirements for add-on licensure for teachers, but it is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her state department of education regarding certification, recertification, and/or endorsement requirements.

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