Master of Science in Educational Leadership
The MS in Educational Leadership consists of coursework and experiences designed to develop entry-level competencies for principals. The program allows an individual student to design the best program of study to meet individual professional goals. Overall, the program is designed to address the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards and Florida’s educational leadership competencies.
The program is currently accepted by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification under Rule 6A-4.003. “Degrees, programs, and credits shall be determined acceptable for educator certification purposes when awarded by an institution of higher learning accredited by one (1) of the accrediting associations.” St. Thomas University is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The program's learning outcomes are based on the 2002/2008 standards for school-based leadership developed by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. The program’s coursework is based on national standards and addresses the three broad areas of instructional leadership, operational leadership, and institutional leadership. They include:
- The knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school vision of learning supported by the school and the community it serves.
- The knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practices to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.
- The knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
- The knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by collaborating with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
- The knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairly, and in an ethical manner.
- The knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
- The ability to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in Standards 1-6 through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings, planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and school personnel for graduate credit.