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 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 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, with “effective” or higher ratings in Performance of Students and Instructional Practice.
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.
The application deadlines are as follows:
Note: Students pursuing the modified certificate program are not eligible for financial aid as non-degree seeking students.