The mission of Florida State’s Educational Leadership & Administration (EDA) program is to develop and enhance dynamic, high-performing leadership for the renewal and improvement of schools and school systems. Our program is designed to help those in leadership roles to provide effective leadership for teaching-learning. We offer several degree levels for this major: master’s (online only), modified (certificate program- online only), specialist (online only), Ed.D. (online and on-campus), and Ph.D. (on-campus).
In this program, you will master a core of professional and theoretical knowledge and demonstrate skills in applied research and the practice of leadership. The program is approved by the Florida Department of Education, incorporates a core of professional knowledge, includes an experiential component, and facilitates mastery of the Florida Principal Leadership Standards in educational leadership. Program emphasis includes strong academic training, practical application of content, and mentoring with field experts in today’s changing context of public school administration. Program objectives are drawn from the core content identified by the Florida Principal Leadership Standards, from research and theory on educational leadership, and from collaboration between practitioners and faculty of the department.
Upon completion of the master’s, modified, or specialist program, you will be eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate covering Educational Leadership (all levels). Please note: applicants for the master’s, specialist, and modified certificate programs must be in-state students.
In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an applicant must have:
Note: Students pursuing the modified certificate program are not eligible for financial aid as non-degree seeking students.
Verbal – 149
Quantitative – 147
Analytical Writing – 3.5
Note: Applicants for the EDA Modified program do not need to submit GRE scores as the program is non-degree seeking. Further information regarding admission requirements for the modified program can be found here.
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MELAB – 77
Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
For this program, supporting documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:
Ph.D. applicants: – The purpose statement should describe you purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals.
Online Ed.D. applicants: Additionally, please include how your research, work and life experiences have prepared you for the FSU doctoral program. Please answer in approximately 500 words.
From among the most significant issues in education/organizations today, what specific problem of practice are you interested in investigating during your doctoral study? Please answer in approximately 500 words.
Note: Our next Ed.D. cohort will begin Summer 2018
Please note: the program codes you will select in the application for this program are as follows:
The application deadlines are as follows:
Master’s and Specialist programs:
Doctoral program: December 1 (Fall admission only)
Online EdD: Summer Admission- January 15 (Note: Our next Ed.D. cohort will begin Summer 2018)
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics job summary and outlook for elementary, middle, and high school principals predicts a 10% increase through 2020. The percentage creates 23,200 new jobs in this field. As of 2010, the median pay for this administration role is $86,970 a year. For university or college professors, the Bureau predicts a 17% increase in jobs by 2020; totaling 305,700 jobs in the 2010-2020 time span. The median pay is $62,050 per year.
The career paths for graduates in our Educational Leadership & Administration program are endless. A graduate can start in front of the college classroom and gain tenure or walk through the halls of an elementary or secondary school guiding teachers in the education of our country’s youth.