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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: applicants for the master’s, specialist, and modified certificate programs must be Florida teachers with at least two years of full-time classroom teaching experience.

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    In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an applicant must have:

    • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA (master’s program applicants) – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree
    • A graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA (modified, specialist, and doctoral program applicants) – Applicants for PhD programs, or the EDA Modified and Specialist programs, must have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA).

      Note: Students pursuing the modified certificate program are not eligible for financial aid as non-degree seeking students.

    • A minimum of two full-years in classroom teaching experience (master’s degree, specialist degree and modified certificate applicants only)
    • GRE test scores – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. FSU Institution Code: 5219.

    Target Scores:
    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.

    • Language proficiency test scores International applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not studied in an English-speaking country for at least an academic year, must submit language proficiency test scores.

    Target Scores:
    TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
    TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
    IELTS – 6.5
    MELAB – 77

    • Transcripts Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institutions. Official transcripts for these credits must also be submitted. Transcripts are considered official when they bear an official seal and signature and are sent from the issuing college or university directly to Florida State. FSU transcripts or official transcripts already on file will be obtained by the Office of Admissions. Original documents or signed, officially certified photocopies of original documents may be submitted by the student only when institutions outside the United States will not send academic records to other institutions. The verifying signature should be that of an officer of the institution attended. All academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Certified documents should be true copies that are signed and dated by an educational official familiar with academic records. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted. The address for submitting transcripts is:

    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:

    • Statement of purpose: 
      • Online master’s, specialist, and modified program applicants:
        Describe your aptitude and interest in graduate study in educational leadership, including your preparation for this field of study and your future career goals. Please be specific about why Florida State University would be a good intellectual and professional fit for you. (Limit: one to two pages, 12 font, single-spaced.)
      • 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.

    • Essay Question: (online master’s, specialist, and modified students only) From your professional work experience, describe and analyze one situation that involved a dilemma related to leadership. (Limit: one page response.)
    • Research Statement (online Ed.D. applicants only):

      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

    • Letters of recommendation (3 required) – Must be on official letterhead from school supervisors or district level personnel who have evaluated your teaching or performance and have knowledge of your leadership potential
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
    • Unofficial Transcripts Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.


    Please note: the program codes you will select in the application for this program are as follows:



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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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