Educational Leadership, M.Ed.

Graduate Studies

Department: School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

The M.Ed. program provides the theoretical and conceptual knowledge base required for the principalship and for Florida Level I Educational Leadership certification. Courses required in the program address the 4 domains and 10 standards specified by the Florida Department of Education and included in the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE). Students are not required to pass a comprehensive examination but must earn at least a grade of B in each of the two internships (EDA 6946). In addition, the M.Ed. student must successfully pass the State Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) prior to graduation.

An M.Ed. in Educational Leadership or its equivalent and successful completion of the FELE are required by the state of Florida for certification in educational leadership (certification is subject to Florida Department of Education approval). Teaching experience is NOT required for admission to this program nor for Florida educational leadership certification.

The M.Ed. program requires successful completion and an earned grade of at least a B for each of two internships (EDA 6946). These internships will be taken during the final two terms of the M.Ed. student’s program and involve independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The internship experiences provide job-imbedded learning and acquisition of skills needed for a successful career in educational leadership.

Modified Core Program
If an individual holds a graduate degree with a major other than Educational Administration, Administration, Supervision or Educational Leadership, certification may be obtained through completion of an approved modified program in Educational Leadership. The UCF modified core program is discussed more completely elsewhere in this document. Applicants may request an evaluation of prior graduate course work on the following website: