In our modified Educational Leadership/Administration certificate 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 FLDOE requirements to be considered a program completer and thereby eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Educational Leadership (all levels).
Please note: To be admitted to the program, you must be a Florida teacher with a current Florida professional teaching certificate and have at least two years of full-time PK-12 classroom teaching experience. Additionally, you must submit your two most recent performance evaluations obtained during the last four years in a Florida public school (including charter schools) setting, with “effective” or higher ratings in Performance of Students and Instructional Practice.
Admission to the graduate certificate program is required. Students are not enrolled in a certificate program by virtue of being enrolled in related courses. Students must apply to and be admitted to the certificate program in order to be considered enrolled. In order to be eligible for admission to a graduate certificate program, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.
Admission to College of Education (COE) graduate certificate programs requires submission of the Certificate Admissions Form to the appropriate department Certificate Program Coordinator (see respective certificate website for contact information) and to the COE Office of Academic Services and Intern Support prior to the completion of two courses in the certificate program. All coursework in the certificate program must be completed with a grade of B or better (B- is not acceptable) and must be completed within 7 years of first enrolling in certificate program coursework.
Please send the above documents to Deb Kelly 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.
Note: Students pursuing this modified certificate program are not eligible for financial aid as non-degree seeking students.
Florida Residency Form: If you are a Florida resident, you must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit, even if you were previously designated a Florida resident by the University. If you do not complete this form, you will be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes.
The application deadlines are as follows:
- Fall admission: June 1
- Spring admission: October 1