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Online Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership

Why choose an online Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Saint Leo?

Accelerate your career with an online Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Find the home and work life balance you need to pursue your degree while enrolling in our online master’s program. Are you already a full-time educator? Take on a new leadership role in your school and community, increase your effectiveness in the classroom, and make a greater impact on the lives of youth.

Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. This fully integrated online degree program prepares educators who hold a valid teaching certificate to lead an educational institution, emphasizing the core knowledge and skills required to fully participate in educational governance at the building, district, and community level.

The Online Masters Degree in Educational Leadership that Prepares for Success

Most school administrators must earn a master’s degree and license or certification before they can begin a career as a principal or educational leader. Although a handful of states do not yet require licenses or certifications, most states follow the national guidelines set by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium to assess beginning school leaders.

Studying Educational Leadership Online at Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University’s Educational Leadership core curriculum is aligned with the national educational leadership standard areas:

  • Instructional leadership,
  • Managing the learning environment,
  • Learning, accountability, and assessment,
  • Decision making strategies,
  • Technology,
  • Human resource development,
  • Ethical leadership,
  • Vision,
  • Community and stakeholder partnerships, and
  • Diversity.

Licensure and/or certification for educational leaders is a function of each individual state’s department of education. Candidates are responsible for understanding and meeting all requirements for school administrator licensure or certification. The eligibility and application process for licensure or certification is separate and apart from Saint Leo University’s application and degree requirements for a master’s in education with a concentration in educational leadership.


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What can you do with a degree in Education?

Educational leadership degree programs prepare you to serve in leadership roles in primary and secondary schools, community colleges, universities, technical schools, governmental and adult schools. Some educational leaders put their skills to use in the business world, developing training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Educational leadership graduates can fill any number of highly rewarding positions, such as:

  • Public or Private School Assistant Principal
  • Public or Private School Principal
  • District-level administrator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Director or supervisor
  • Dean of students or faculty
  • Corporate Trainer
  • College Instructor
  • College Department Chair
  • College Admissions Director

Professional development opportunities.

Florida Certification

Eligibility for Florida’s Education Leadership (Level 1) certification

Preparation for School Administrator Licensure or Certification

Coursework meets national standards for educational leadership set by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium

Field experience:

In a supervised practicum, complete school improvement projects that impact curriculum, student achievement and the school's role within the community. Gain skills in data analysis, school safety, school budgeting, school law, communication and building community partnerships.

21st century classroom

Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the MimioVote™ assessment system and interactive SMART Boards.

Co-curricular activities

Join Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

Where are Saint Leo Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers, principals and administrators in school districts throughout Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education negotiates. Graduates of our programs consistently receive recognition and awards including the coveted “Teacher of the Year” and “Administrator of the Year” awards in their districts.

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