Educational Leadership MA

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MA
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Nonthesis
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The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program is not a state approved program for certification in Florida. The program is designed to prepare students for administrative and leadership positions in school settings and other education-related fields that specifically do NOT require certification (some examples include private school headmaster, community college of university staff administrator, or museum administrator). The Educational Leadership MA also offers two tracks focused on higher education: Higher Education/Student Personnel and Community College Education, both of which have different admission, enrollment, and graduation requirements.

The Higher Education/Community College Education track is designed for individuals whose goal is to teach at the community college level.  The Higher Education/Student Personnel track is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in a variety of student personnel/affairs departments on college and university campuses and education-related fields.  Note, these programs have different admission, enrollment, and graduation requirements. 


The Educational Leadership MA program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 9 credit hours of research and measurement courses and 21 credit hours of administration courses.  The courses may be taken in any order the student wishes but the culminating Research Report (EDA 6909) must be taken last.

Students enrolled in the Florida state-approved MEd, EdS, or Modified Core programs in educational leadership may not take these online courses for credit unless approved by their educational leadership faculty adviser. 

Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The MA program does not fulfill state certification requirements.

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

Research and Measurement—9 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data (3 credit hours) OR EDF 6432 Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 6909 Research Report (3 credit hours)

Administration—21 Credit Hours

It is recommended that these courses be taken in the following sequence.

  • EDA 6061 Organization and Administration of Schools (3 credit hours)
  • EDS 6123 Educational Supervisory Practices I (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 6232 Legal Aspects of School Operation (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 6240 Educational Financial Affairs (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 6260 Educational Systems Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 6300 Community School Administration (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 6931 Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)

Independent Learning

Students are required to successfully complete a research report.  For more information, contact the graduate program director.

Independent Learning

A research report is required.

Application Requirements

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Applicants may apply to the online MA or one of the two tracks offered within the MA in Educational Leadership.  The track programs are not online programs and may have different requirements. 

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below.

Educational Leadership MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.