Master of Science in Educational Leadership

This program is primarily designed to help working professionals develop leadership skills that will lead to leadership positions within the schools (i.e., principal, assistant principal). 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 (SASCOC).

Online Master of Science in Educational Leadership also available.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • School principal (both public and private)
  • Assistant principal
  • Public school teachers
  • Organizational leadership

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

EDA 608 School Personnel Management
Focus is on skills needed for exercising leadership in school personnel recruitment, selection, assessment and development.

EDF 621 Psychological Foundations of Education

An intermediate course designed to apply psychological theories and principles of learning and development to teaching and student learning in career areas related to education. Challenges of diversity and teacher effectiveness are emphasized.

EDA 612 The Principalship: A Field Experience
Students will implement an intervention plan developed in a previous course in this intervention plan should demonstrate the use of research-based, data-driven decision-making. Appropriate leadership and administrative skills should be demonstrated in the implementation of the plan. The final product for the course includes the intervention plan, the research and data used to develop the plan, the implementation time line, the final evaluation of the plan, and reflection on the individual’s leadership and administrative strengths and future areas of growth. This course is only offered as an Independent Study.

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