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    Educational Leadership & Administration

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    Educational Leadership master’s, EdD, Ph.D. and certification programs

    Students in the FSU Educational Leadership & Administration program develop dynamic, high-performing leadership for the renewal and improvement of educational systems. You have a choice in completing an educational leadership master’s, EdD, or Ph.D. degrees, or an educational leadership certificate. The educational leadership master’s, EdD, and certificate programs are offered online, and the educational leadership Ph.D. program is offered on-campus.

    In the online educational leadership master’s program, you will gain a core of professional and theoretical knowledge and demonstrate skills in applied research and the practice of leadership. The program emphasizes strong academic training, practical application of content, and connecting with field experts. Program objectives are drawn from the core content identified from research and theory on educational leadership, and from the collaboration between practitioners and faculty of the department.

    The online educational leadership EdD offers existing practitioners and students additional training and opportunities to expand their knowledge. The innovative online educational leadership EdD helps practitioners already engaged in the field continue their education while maintaining their employment.

    Finally, for those interested in conducting high-level research and teaching educational leadership at universities, we offer an on-campus Ph.D. program. Under this program, you will work closely with faculty members and conduct unique research. Upon completion of the doctoral program, you will have a mastery of educational leadership topics and lead the conversation through teaching and research.

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    The online Educational Leadership and Administration deadlines are as follows:

    Master’s (M.S.) and Specialist (Ed.S.) degree programs:

    • Fall Admission, June 1
    • Spring Admission, October 1
    • Summer Admission, March 1

    Modified Certificate program:

    • Fall Admission: The application portal opens on June 1. Click “non-degree” seeking for the Certificate application. Non-FSU students/alumni, please upload unofficial transcripts into the application. All other program material must be emailed directly to the Academic Program Specialist. Please email Deb Kelly for additional information on material submission and deadlines.
    • There is no Summer Admission for the Certificate program.
    • Spring Admission: The application portal opens on October 1. Click “non-degree” seeking for the Certificate application. Non-FSU students/alumni, please upload unofficial transcripts into the application. All other program material must be emailed directly to the Academic Program Specialist. Please email Deb Kelly for additional information on material submission and deadlines.

    Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.):

    • Summer Admission: January 15. The online Ed.D. program is a Summer-term admit only.

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): 

    • Fall Admission: December 1. The face-to-face Ph.D. program is a Fall-term admit only There is no Online Ph.D. program option available.

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    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics job summary and outlook for elementary, middle, and high school principals predicts a 7.9% increase through 2026, creating 21,200 new jobs in this field. As of 2019, the median pay for this administration role is $95,310 a year. The job field for postsecondary education administrators is expected to increase by 10.1%, equating to 15,700 new jobs by 2026. The median pay for this role is $94,340.

    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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