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    Educational Leadership & Administration

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    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: 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 classroom teaching experience. Additionally, you must submit your two most recent performance evaluations obtained during the last four years in a Florida public school setting (including charter schools), with “effective” or higher ratings in Performance of Students and Instructional Practice.

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    The application deadlines are as follows:

    Master’s, specialist, and modified certificate programs:

    • Fall admission: June 1
    • Spring admission: October 1

    Doctoral program: December 1 (Fall admission only)

    Online EdD: Summer Admission- January 15 (Note: Our next Ed.D. cohort will begin Summer 2018)

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    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.

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