Online Educational Leadership/Administration - Master's & Specialist


The Educational Leadership/Administration Master’s (MS) & Specialist (EdS) degrees are state-accredited programs for Florida Educators interested in certification to become assistant principals or other administrative leadership positions in your district.

Students in the FSU Educational Leadership/Administration program develop dynamic, high-performing leadership to renew and improve educational systems. Our program is currently highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, is state-accredited by the Florida Department of Education, and will prepare you for a rewarding career in educational leadership. Students in our programs also rank #1 in Florida for Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) pass rates.

Completing our State Approved Masters’ or Specialist degree will make you eligible for Level 1 certification in Educational Leadership (all levels). Successful completion of the coursework, field hours, and FELE will meet Florida DOE's Level 1 certification requirements for the assistant principalship and other administration positions in your school district. The Master’s Degree is recommended for individuals with a completed Bachelor’s Degree. The Specialist Degree is recommended and only available to individuals with a completed Master’s degree in a related educational field.

In the Educational Leadership/Administration program, you will gain core professional and theoretical knowledge and demonstrate skills in applied research and leadership practice. The program emphasizes strong academic training, practical content application, and connecting with field experts. Program objectives are drawn from the core content identified from research and theory on educational leadership, and from the collaboration between practitioners and faculty of the department.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to prepare a diverse group of equity-driven aspiring leaders who are critical thinkers and cultivate and lead inclusive and collaborative communities of educators to address systemwide educational issues for continuous improvement of teaching and learning.

Program Eligibility:

  • At least two years of full-time PK-12 classroom teaching experience in a Florida school.
  • A current Florida Professional Educator Teaching Certificate K-12.
  • Two most recent summative performance evaluations that include Instructional Practice and Student Performance measures.
  • Current employment in a school or school district.

Applicants in year 2+ of their teaching certification who do not hold a professional certificate and are still interested in the program should contact the Graduate Coordinator, Allison Young (, and Program Director, Dr. Kevin Forehand (, for eligibility guidance.