EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP MASTER’S, Ed.S., ED.D., PH.D. AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Students in the FSU Educational Leadership & Administration program develop dynamic, high-performing leadership for the renewal and improvement of educational systems. Our program, which is currently ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, will prepare you for a rewarding career in educational leadership. You have a choice in completing an educational leadership master’s, specialist, Ed.D., or Ph.D. degree, or an educational leadership certificate. The educational leadership master’s, specialist, Ed.D., and certificate programs are offered online, and the educational leadership Ph.D. program is offered on-campus.
For applicants who have completed a master's degree but still need Level 1 certification, we encourage you to consider the specialist (Ed.S.) program. Completion of the specialist degree would render you eligible for certification in Educational Leadership (all levels) and Florida K-12 school district positions in the same timeframe as our non-degree certificate and is eligible for financial aid. Both master's and specialist students are placed in courses that build on principalship skills. Students in our programs rank #1 in Florida for Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) pass rates.
In the online educational leadership master’s program, you will gain a core of professional and theoretical knowledge and demonstrate skills in applied research and the practice of leadership. The program emphasizes strong academic training, practical application of content, and connecting with field experts. Program objectives are drawn from the core content identified from research and theory on educational leadership, and from the collaboration between practitioners and faculty of the department.
The online Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy offers existing practitioners and students additional training and opportunities to expand their knowledge. This innovative program helps practitioners already engaged in the field continue their education while maintaining their employment. You can choose to specialize in either K-12 or higher education.
Finally, for those interested in conducting high-level research and teaching educational leadership at universities, we offer an on-campus Ph.D. program. Under this program, you will work closely with faculty members and conduct unique research. Upon completion of the doctoral program, you will have a mastery of educational leadership topics and lead the conversation through teaching and research.
NOTE: The GRE requirements for master’s and specialist programs have been waived through Fall 2026.
The application deadlines are as follows:
- Online master's (M.S.) and specialist (Ed.S.) programs:
- Fall admission: June 1
- Spring admission: October 1
- Summer admission: March 1
- On-campus Ph.D. program: December 1 (Fall admission only)
Applicants interested in the Modified Certificate can apply to begin the program in the Spring or Fall semesters only.
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics job summary and outlook for elementary, middle, and high school principals predicts a 7.9% increase through 2026, creating 21,200 new jobs in this field. As of 2019, the median pay for this administration role is $95,310 a year. The job field for postsecondary education administrators is expected to increase by 10.1%, equating to 15,700 new jobs by 2026. The median pay for this role is $94,340.
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 elementary or secondary school guiding teachers in the education of our country’s youth.