Educational Leadership (M.A.)

College of Education
Department of Leadership & Educational Technology


2017-2018 Catalog Year

The M.A. in Educational Leadership program is for students not seeking Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) certification.  Students with this degree typically work in educational or training divisions in businesses, healthcare, public service, Pre-K-12,  or higher education. This program is composed of the program core, plus 18 hours of focus area courses and 9 elective credits in the student's area of interest.  Regardless of choice of electives, all programs of study must be approved by faculty advisors. The electives may be taken from inside or outside the College of Education.

Program Admission Requirements

See program website at URL listed above.

Program Progression And Additional Graduation Requirements

  • A maximum of 27 hours of graduate credits that have not been used as other degree requirements or other advanced program of study may be substituted, if appropriate, for requirements in the college major, concentration, research and evaluation, and cognate.
  • Course substitutions are restricted by the following distribution, which must be completed at FGCU as part of the Ed.D. program of study: (a) At least 15 hours in the core, (b) At least 6 hours in the concentration, (c) At least 9 hours in research and evaluation, and (d) At least 3 hours in the cognate.
  • At least 54 hours must be taken at FGCU. No substitutions are permitted for the prospectus, proposal, or dissertation. Courses used in substitution must be no more than 7 years old upon admission. Candidates must graduate within 8 years of admission. Waivers may be granted by the Post Master's Admissions and Policy Committee.
  • The goal of a residency is the enculturation of candidates into the work of the academy. To enable candidates to assimilate some of the values and practices of university life, the following three criteria must be met: (a) Take the required coursework with the cohort during the course of one academic year, including successive fall, spring, and summer semesters. (b) Submit a proposal to present at an international, national, state, or regional professional conference under the guidance of an advisor. If the proposal is accepted, the candidate is expected to present the paper. (c) Participate in a project approved by the advisor; examples include, but are not limited to the following: co-teach a class at FGCU with a faculty member, supervise interns with the assistance of a faculty member, assist a faculty member in developing or redesigning a course, or collaborate with a faculty member on a quantitative or qualitative research project, which could be part of a program evaluation.
  • Qualifying examinations are administered to all candidates at the end of their content coursework, as a prerequisite to enrolling in dissertation credits. The examinations cover classes from the candidates' core, concentration, and research areas. These exams determine whether candidates have an adequate command of knowledge in the field of study, and can organize, apply, and convey that knowledge in writing. Successful completion of each question is required before candidates may be permitted to begin their dissertations. Candidates who fail any question will have one additional opportunity to respond to a different question from that area of study. If candidates fail the second administration of any question, they can be dismissed from the program at that time at the discretion of the Post Master's Admissions and Policy Committee. There is no guarantee that candidates will be successful in passing the qualifying exams and no guarantee candidates will be permitted to develop a dissertation prospectus, proposal and then complete dissertation credits.

Program Requirements

  1. Required Courses in the Major (24 credits)

    Foundations (6 credits)
    EDF 6481 Foundations of Ed Research (3)
    EME 6425 Technology for School Leaders (3)

    Focus Areas (Choose PreK-12 or Higher Education (18 credits)
    Pre K-12 Leadership
    EDA 6192 Organizational Development (3)
    EDA 6232 School Law (3)
    EDA 6242 School Finance (3)
    EDG 6391 Instructional Leadership (3)
    EDG 6627 Found. of Curriculum & Instr. (3)
    EDS 6050 Human Resources Development (3)

    Higher Education Leadership
    EDF 6808 Global Context in Higher Ed (3)
    EDH 6225 Curriculum Develop-Higher Ed (3)
    EDH 6405 Law & Policy-Higher Ed (3)
    EDH 6505 Finance in Higher Ed (3)
    EDH 6634 Stud Personnel Svcs-Higher Ed (3)
    EDH 6635 Org Structure-Higher Ed (3)

  2. Internships (6 credits)
    EDA 6945 Internship I - Educ Leadership (3)
    EDA 6946 Internship II - Educ Leadership (3)

  3. Electives (9 credits)
    The following courses are grouped by areas of interest.  Pick any three (3) courses:
    Educational Policy
    EDA 6195 Policy Development (3)
    EDF 6461 Intro. to Program Evaluation (3)
    PAD 6136 Public Mgmt in Political Env (3)
    PAD 6335 Strategic Planning (3)

    Research and Assessment
    EDF 6401 Data and Analysis in Education (3)
    EDF 6449 Survey Research Design (3)
    EDF 6461 Intro to Program Evaluation (3)
    EDF 6486 Inquiry Skills&Assess Methods (3)

    Technology Management
    EDF 6461 Intro. to Program Evaluation (3)
    EDF 6469 Evaluation Tech Apps & Program (3)
    EME 6235 Professional Practicum (3)


The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 10/17/2017.