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Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification Online

Complete Coursework: 18 months Credit Hours: 33 Tuition: $13,745

Prepare to lead with an M.Ed. online


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The Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online is an advanced educational program designed to prepare you for an exciting future. Start now so you can take advantage of a variety of new professional opportunities (principal, vice principal, dean).

With six start dates per year and completion in as few as 18 months, if you've been thinking about earning your master's degree in educational leadership, now you have a convenient and affordable option from a respected program at UWF—100% online.

In this top-ranked program, you’ll learn:

  • Leadership theories and planning models
  • How to improve educational programs through the proper management of human resources
  • Constitutional law, legislative enactments, school policies, and the relationships to administration
  • Tort liability, due process for students, corporal punishment, teacher contracts
  • Principles, trends and practices in financing public education, including federal, state and local financial support programs
  • Instructional technology
  • How to plan, staff, implement and evaluate a school program
  • An understanding of the nature of instrument and test development
  • Theories and strategies for curricular reform
  • How to use data to create a school environment and curriculum that will enhance student learning

Courses

The coursework for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online is accelerated and based on 8-week terms to provide flexibility to students by compressing the average time to completion. This program includes 33 credit hours, including nine 3-hour core courses and a 16-week course, “The Principalship,” for six credit hours.

To see the full list of Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification courses, view courses.

Admissions

In addition to UWF’s graduate admission requirements, the College of Education and Professional Studies bases its decisions on a holistic review of credentials for admission to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online program. Requirements include a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or qualifying graduate admissions test scores. Applicants must also hold teaching certification with at least three years of teaching experience.

To learn more about our Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online admissions requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

We understand that it can be difficult to juggle work, classes, life and finances. Tuition for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online program is affordably priced. All fees are included in the total tuition cost displayed. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

To learn more about Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online students, multiple start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register and pay for tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online, view calendar.


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Courses


For the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online, the curriculum consists of 33 semester credit hours within a program accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Note that EDA 6063 must be taken during the first term of the program and EDA 6503 must be taken during the last semester of the program.

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Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction for graduate students to the educational leadership program. Major topics will be leadership, William Cecil Golden Modules, Code of Ethics, communication—both verbal and nonverbal, and interpersonal skills. Permission is required.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Leadership theories and planning models which have been developed through studies in education, business, industry and the military will be examined. Application of these will be made to educational practices with a focus on continuous improvement and on the school improvement process.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theoretical and experiential framework for maximizing human relations and communication within the educational domain, including principles of persuasion, public information management, effective communication strategies and personal effectiveness with staff and the public.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus is on the improvement of educational programs through the proper management of human resources. Emphasis is upon recruitment, selection placement, and evaluation of school personnel.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines law and its relationship to education. Students study constitutional law, legislative enactments, school policies, and the relationships among these aspects of school law as they pertain to administration. Tort liability, due process for students, corporal punishment, teacher contracts, and other law relating to authority and responsibility of teachers and administrators are included.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus is on principles, trends and practices in financing public education, including federal, state and local financial support programs. School finance as related to taxation and other areas of school finance is included. Fiscal policies, planning and management as related to the total education program are central themes.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

Focus is on problems, practices and theories pertinent to the administration of building level programs in elementary, middle and secondary schools. Includes planning, staffing, implementing and evaluation techniques needed to administer a school program.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides an understanding of the nature of instrument and test development and focuses on the information and skills needed to design, develop, analyze and interpret tests and instruments; the use of testing or instrument results in planning, monitoring and evaluating instruction or programs; and to evaluate student or program progress. Intended to provide a foundation in testing and instrument development skills for those who work in a variety of applied settings.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on school curricula, underlying theories, and strategies for improvement make up the foundation for curricular reform. Students intending to meet SDOE certification requirements should select specialization areas. The specialization areas are (a) early childhood/ primary education, (b) middle school education, (d) secondary school education and (e) exceptional student education.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Learning, Accountability, and Assessment is one of the new standards in Educational Leadership in Florida, and it speaks specifically to the use of data in creating a school environment and curriculum that will enhance student learning. High-performing leaders must monitor the success of all students in the learning processes to promote effective student performance, and use a variety of benchmarks, learning expectations, and feedback measures to ensure accountability for all participants engaged in the educational process. Using data to drive decisions is a critical component of the accountability system currently in place in Florida. Participants will develop skills in determining data needed to make certain decisions; in analyzing data; in communicating information about the decision-making process to stakeholders. Specifically for administrators in the K12 educational setting.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification Online Requirements

Any individual with a baccalaureate degree, current teacher certification and three years of teaching experience is eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online program. Admission to the program is selective and based on a combination of factors, including academic and professional achievement.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

In addition to UWF's graduate admission requirements, the College of Education and Professional Studies bases its decisions on a holistic review of credentials. Students who meet the following requirements may be provisionally admitted to the program:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution accredited by an equivalent accrediting body or a comparable degree from an international institution
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on bachelor’s degree*
  • Official transcripts must be sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School and bear an official seal and signature. Students who received their undergraduate or graduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts.

    The University of West Florida
    Graduate Admissions
    11000 University Pkwy., Bldg 11
    Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

    The UWF Graduate School is unable to accept electronic, secure transcripts directly from other institutions unless it is a Florida institution that uses the FASTER transcript system. When requesting transcripts from your current or previous institution, please be sure to specify that you need a hard-copy transcript sent to UWF.

    International students may have additional requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's GPA below 3.0 should register to take the GRE General Test or MAT and have official scores sent to UWF or have official scores from a previously taken, but current (within five years), GRE or MAT forwarded by the testing agency to the University of West Florida
  • Submit a letter of intent that includes the following information: your background, short- and long-term goals, contributions you would like to make to your field of study, and strengths you bring to the program
  • Contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for two professional references
  • Current teacher certification
  • Documentation from principal or other administrator on school or district letterhead confirming that the applicant has a minimum of three years of teaching experience. The applicant may provide more than one document if teaching experience has occurred at more than one school or in more than one district.
  • Confirmation that you will have access to K-12 schools to complete field experience; this can be in the form of an email from you
  • Be in good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement but submit a current GRE verbal or MAT score that falls at or above the 50th percentile and meet all remaining admission requirements may be conditionally admitted to the program.

To be fully admitted to the program, the following requirements must be met in addition to the requirements for provisional admission (above). Full admission is required by the fifth week of the first semester. Students will be unable to register for a second semester of coursework until full admission has been granted.

  • Completion of the Professional Education Applicant Disposition Scale by each person identified as a professional reference (the Graduate Advising Office will contact each professional reference with instructions)
  • Purchase and activation of a subscription to the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership's assessment system, Tk-20
  • Completion of the Professional Education Applicant Disposition Self-rating Scale within Tk-20

Here are the criteria that help us assess your potential success:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution
  • Your letter of intent stating work experience, your reasons for pursuing the degree and your career goals
  • Academic preparation
  • Department review
  • Contact information for two professional references
  • Current teacher certification

Reapplying to the University

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again. Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

Official transcripts must be sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School and bear an official seal and signature. Students who received their undergraduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts.

Transcripts should be sent to:

The University of West Florida Graduate School
Attention: Graduate Admissions
11000 University Parkway, Building 11
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

International students may have additional requirements.

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Tuition


Tuition for UWF's online degrees make them some of the most affordable programs in Florida. The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification online.

A special Academic Partnerships discount price is available for students employed by partner organizations and partner school districts. A discount price is also available to active duty military, veterans, spouses and dependents of military. Please call our enrollment specialists at 877-588-2502 for more information.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program Per Program with Partner/Military Discount
M.Ed. – Educational Leadership $416.50 $1,249.50 $13,745 $12,755

*Per course amount based on three-credit course.

Fees

A $30 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again. Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

Refund Policy

Students receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office regarding the effect on financial aid eligibility prior to dropping or withdrawing. To understand the refund/repayment policy, you must understand the difference between a drop and a withdrawal.

  • Dropped courses are courses removed from your schedule before the fee payment deadline
  • Withdrawals occur after the fee payment deadline

Refunds are calculated by determining the point in the semester that the student either drops or withdraws. The calculation is also based on whether the student drops or withdraws from all courses or individual courses.

Refunds During the Drop/Add Period

100% of tuition is refunded for each credit hour dropped during the drop/add period. The refund is applied to any financial aid that was disbursed to the student if the drop results in a change to enrollment status. If the amount of the refund does not cover the amount owed to financial aid, the student will be billed for the difference.

View additional information regarding refund policies

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Calendar


Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification Online

Course Start Date Application Deadline* Registration Deadline** Tuition Deadline Drop/Add Period
May 15, 2017 April 17, 2017 May 14, 2017 May 21, 2017 5/15/17 – 5/21/17
June 29, 2017 May 26, 2017 June 28, 2017 July 6, 2017 6/29/17 – 7/6/17
August 28, 2017 July 31, 2017 August 27, 2017 September 3, 2017 8/28/17 – 9/3/17
October 16, 2017 September 18, 2017 October 15, 2017 October 22, 2017 10/16/17 – 10/22/17

*Application and all documents must be submitted by this date.

**Registrations after the deadline will be charged a $100 fee.

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