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Master's Degree in Educational Leadership

Why Earn Your Education Degree at Saint Leo University?

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 curriculum for the educational leadership degree is aligned with the national Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. Coursework in this program emphasizes three core areas of study: instructional leadership, school operations, and school leadership.

Learning Experience:
Education Center Online
Est. Time to Complete:
2 years
Credit Hours:
30 hours

Master's in Education: Educational Leadership Program Details

The Master's in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Leadership 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 school, district, and community level.

Candidates must pass the required Florida educational leadership certification examination to gain eligibility for degree conferral for the Florida State approved program. Students in the multistate program will take the test in their respective state after degree conferral.

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Educational leadership students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your educational leadership degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering educational leadership degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • What skills you will learn?

    • 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

How will you gain real experience?

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.

What can you do with a master's in educational leadership degree?

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.

What are the top educational leadership degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Education Administrator 7% (As fast as average) $93,830 per year
School Principal 8% (As fast as average) $98,490 per year
Postsecondary Administrator 8% (As fast as average) $97,500 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo educational leadership graduates 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.

College of Education & Social Services

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  • Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social services fields. Through close faculty mentorships, practical field internships, and applied learning experiences, we prepare students for careers in education, social work, criminal justice, and human services. Our faculty remain active in their respective fields as researchers and practitioners, giving students close access to a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience.

    With the ever-changing needs of today's students, we provide flexible degree programs. These include programs at University Campus and education centers with evening and weekend options, as well as online offerings. These degree programs are grooming the next generation of educators and social service specialists—a new breed of professionals with the talent and resolve to make a difference in the world.

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