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  • Educational Leadership/Administration – Modified Program

    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 with a current Florida professional teaching certificate in order to be admitted to the program.

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    Submit Required Documentation

    • Curriculum vita/resume that documents a minimum of two years full-time classroom teaching experience with a current Florida professional teaching certificate.
    • A copy of your current Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate
    • A graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
    • Transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended
    • Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead from school supervisors or district level personnel who have evaluated your teaching or performance and have knowledge of your leadership potential.
    • Statement of purpose: 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 pt. font, single-spaced.)
    • Essay Question: From your professional work experience, describe and analyze one situation that involved a dilemma related to leadership. (Limit: one page response.)

    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.

    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.

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    The application deadlines are as follows:

    • Fall admission: June 1
    • Spring admission: October 13


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    Modified certificate requirements

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

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    The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a $70.00 per credit hour distance learning fee. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

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