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.
You must complete both program requirements and DOE requirements to be considered a program completer and thereby eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Educational Leadership (all levels). Please note: you must be a Florida teacher with at least two years of full-time classroom teaching experience in order to be admitted to the program.
Step 1: Submit Required Documentation
Please send the above documents to Linda Lyons before the deadline date for the semester you are interested in. (Fall admission: June 1, Spring admission: October 1)
Shortly after the deadline passes, the admissions window will open and you will need to go online and apply as a Non-Degree Seeking student.
Step 2: Complete Admissions Form
Once admitted to the modified program, you will be assigned an advisor. The advisor will work with you to schedule classes and work toward completing your program of study.
Additionally, you must apply to the certificate program prior to taking coursework towards the completion of the certificate by submitting a Certificate Admissions Form to Kay Caster, Associate Director for Educational Leadership, before the end of your first semester. Coursework completed prior to application to a certificate program cannot be used towards the certificate. Please note: you must have at least 2 years of in-classroom teaching experience in order to be admitted to the program.
The application deadlines are as follows:
Note: Students pursuing the modified certificate program are not eligible for financial aid as non-degree seeking students.
After all certificate coursework is completed, but no later than 2 weeks after grades post, a Certificate Completion Form must be filled out and submitted to the department Certificate Program Coordinator. Approved completion forms will be forwarded for processing and posting to the official transcript.