The Educational Leadership faculty members strive to prepare educational professionals that will lead education through the twenty-first century. Our active and dedicated faculty, along with an innovative, up-to-date curriculum, modern facilities, an excellent library, and technology support services present an outstanding opportunity for preparation for the fields of educational leadership, administration, and supervision at all levels.

The Educational Leadership degree program builds upon and extends the prior knowledge and experiences of individuals already in professional roles in schools. The program’s objective is to develop knowledge and understanding of the broad, systemic, and dynamic context of education (progressively advanced understanding at the Specialist and Doctoral levels). This includes a skillful and continuing interpretation of the legal, political, societal, economic, and cultural climates operating on and within the educational system. This objective is supported throughout the literature and is consistent with the several sets of state and national standards and competencies that must be considered in the preparation of school leaders and in program development.

The Educational Leadership faculty members are dedicated to assisting students in the development of a self-awareness of individual strengths, weaknesses, and skills in relationship to potential alternative career roles for both Master's and Specialist degree students and fostering a professional commitment to the field of education and the practice of administration for students in the Doctoral program. The Educational Leadership program promotes the appreciation for (entry-level students) and a continuing concern for (advanced students) the development, utilization, and knowledgeable dissemination of research in education and administration (doctoral students). All students are encouraged to (a) reflect on current practice of administrators, and (b) use research and research methods along with knowledge about issues to improve practice in schools and classrooms.

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts

Educational Leadership (MA), K-12 Non-Certification Track (Other Educational Organizations)

The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program is designed as a global offering to persons who desire a master’s degree offered fully online from one of the most respected university educational leadership programs in the United States. Such persons include curators of art centers and museums, directors of zoos and environmental centers, business human resources administrators, charter and private school administrators, employees of overseas schools, State Department employees, members of the armed forces and others.

The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program is not a state-approved program for certification in Florida. The program is designed to prepare students for administrative and leadership positions in school settings and other education-related fields that specifically do NOT require certification (some examples include private school headmaster, community college or university staff administrator or museum administrator).

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Master of Education

Educational Leadership (MEd)

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is intended for those who wish to work in leadership positions and administrative careers in education. The MEd program provides a theoretical and conceptual knowledge base and practical application required for principalship and for Florida Level I Educational Leadership certification.

Courses required in the program address the Florida Educational Leadership Standards and the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) competencies and indicators.

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The Educational Leadership MEd program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Educational Leadership (All Levels) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program who have passed all three portions of the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Education Specialist

Educational Leadership (EdS)

The Education Specialist in Educational Leadership program is designed for those currently employed in or interested in decision-making positions in educational organizations.

The program is an advanced professional degree designed specifically for individuals who have completed a master’s degree in a field other than Educational Leadership and who wish to meet the requirements for Florida Level 1 Educational Leadership Certification while working toward a degree.

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The Educational Leadership Ed.S. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Educational Leadership (All Levels) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program who have passed all three portions of the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Modified Core

Modified Core

Educational Leadership

If an individual holds a graduate degree with a major other than Educational Administration, Administration, or Supervision or Educational Leadership, certification may be obtained through completion of an approved modified program in Educational Leadership. The UCF modified program consists of the seven core courses and Administrative Internship course of the Educational Leadership M.Ed. degree.

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Doctoral Program

Doctorate of Education

Educational Leadership (EdD) – Executive Track

The Educational Leadership EdD program is designed to prepare educators for leadership positions at all levels of educational administration from PK-12 to higher education, as well as leadership positions in various educational agencies or organizations. As well, the program prepares students for positions in teaching and research. As a professional program, studies are flexible and diverse, allowing for individual needs to be met. While a thorough knowledge of the field of educational leadership is expected of all doctoral students, individuals will also gain expertise in at least one area of specialization. Specialization knowledge is obtained through course work, independent and directed studies, research, and field experiences. Educational Leadership doctoral programs are designed to broaden administrative knowledge and skills of practicing professionals.

The Executive EdD is appropriate for students who are committed to advancing their leadership opportunities and capabilities in PK-12 and other organizational settings. Students admitted to the program are typically employed in teaching and administrative positions in elementary and secondary schools, as well as other educational agencies and organizations. Focus areas include: political and organizational theory, leadership, systems theory, planning and evaluation, school law and finance, data-based decision making, communications, instructional leadership, human resource management, program analysis and evaluation. Educational Leadership certification is not included in this program.

The program is taught in a lock-step cohort-based format to be convenient to those who are working in teaching and administrative positions. The Executive track requires completion of a client-based field study.

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