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UT’s Master of Education in educational leadership is a cutting-edge program that caters to working professionals by offering flexible scheduling options such as traditional, weekend and hybrid instructional models. Throughout the program, candidates engage in experiential tasks directly aligned with the Florida Principal Leadership Standards and FELE (Florida Educational Leadership Exam) goals. Given the wide range of leadership responsibilities associated with being a school leader, this program offers an embedded internship every semester to ensure opportunities for candidates to benefit from hands-on learning and practical application. 

Who enrolls in this program?

Students who enroll in the M.Ed. in educational leadership intend to pursue a career in school administration or a leadership role within an educational setting. Educational leadership encompasses a wide variety of career paths such as lead teacher, instructional coach, content supervisor, vice principal and principal. Candidates for this program must have at least two years of classroom teaching experience. Candidates come from a variety of backgrounds in education.

What is the structure of the program?

The M.Ed. in educational leadership curriculum is geared toward the goals and state standards of principal leadership. All courses prepare students for the FELE, which is a certification requirement to become a school leader in Florida. Students can complete the program in as little as 12 months, with the majority of the coursework being completed during the summer. Applications are accepted every semester, so students can start the program at any time.

For more information on classes and the program, check out our Quick Help Guide.

When does the program start?

Students can start the program during the fall, summer or spring semester. Semester start dates are the following:

Spring 2021: Jan. 19, 2021

Summer 2021: May 10, 2021

What courses are offered?

A comprehensive list can be found in the course catalog. A small sampling of the courses offered includes:

  • Instructional Leadership 
  • Organizational Leadership, Safety and Decision Making
  • Human Resources, Recruitment, Development and Retention
  • Curriculum and Achievement
  • Communication and Technology for School Leaders

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Provides the necessary credentials to become a school administrator, district-level leader or school leader 
  • Advanced professional coursework supports classroom teaching, school leadership capacity and advancement in the school system
  • Candidates experience practical and relevant learning opportunities through embedded internships every semester 
  • Candidates are able to begin their professional network with instructors who are principals, superintendents and school leaders throughout the greater Tampa Bay area
  • Mentorship and career support from expert faculty members who hold doctorate degrees in the field
  • Offers an annual FELE prep workshop for all EDL candidates

Guaranteed Admission for UT Graduates

Students and alumni who earned a bachelor’s degree in an education area from UT are guaranteed admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program.

Applicants must have two years of successful teaching experience and a current teaching certificate, as well as two letters of recommendation (one from a current or most recent school administrator).

Applicants also must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. (This requirement is waived for alumni who graduated after 2017.) The application fee, résumé, personal statement and TOEFL requirements are waived.

This unique opportunity was created in recognition of the exceptional quality of UT’s education programs, and the University’s mission to support continuing education and professional growth. Please email ut2ut@ut.edu or visit UT2UT if you are interested or have questions about guaranteed admission.

Guaranteed Admission for Qualified Pasco County Teachers

The University of Tampa has formed a special partnership with Pasco County Schools that makes UT the preferred provider of education for teachers seeking certification or a master’s degree in educational leadership. 

UT offers the following unique options for Pasco County teachers:

  • Qualified Pasco County teachers can enroll at UT as non-degree seeking students and take courses that meet the competencies and skills required for the Level 1 Educational Leadership State Certification.
  • Pasco County teachers that earned a bachelor’s degree from a CAEP-accredited institution are also guaranteed admission to UT’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program.
  • The application fee is waived for Pasco County teachers.

Visit Educational Leadership Program for Pasco County Teachers for more information.


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