Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Jerry Johnson

(904) 620-1804

Building 57, Room 3419
Application Information Applications are accepted fall, spring, and summer terms.
Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . March 15

Admission Requirements

University requirements:


A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.



Additional program requirements:

(Advanced Teaching and Learning, Athletic Administration Educational Technology, and Higher Education Administration c oncentrations)

1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
2. Written statement identifying: 
           • professional and career goals 
           • aspiration
3. Current resume
4. Three letters of recommendation (using UNF's online reference system) 
Additional program requirements: (School Leadership concentration only)

1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
2. Written statement identifying: 
            • professional and career goals 
            • aspiration
3. Current resume
4. Three letters of recommendation (using UNF's online reference system)
one from a school administrator
5. Copy of teaching certificate or statement of eligibility: At least one (1) year of successful full-time teaching experience in a public or private school, three (3) years preferred.

Applicants not meeting the 3.0 minimum requirement may contact the Educational Leadership Program Director for additional admission criteria options. For additional tools to determine GPA, please visit Calculating Your GPA.


Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.



For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.

Program Overview

Guided by the belief that the most important purposes of schooling are teaching and learning, the programs in educational leadership are designed to develop effective educational leaders. Students are guided in their personal development of a vision of excellence in schooling. Research-based studies of educational policy, instructional leadership, management skills, and effective schools as well as studies of successful innovations in practice characterize the programs. The college offers an educational leadership program leading to a master of education degree (M.Ed.), and a non-degree program leading to Florida certification in educational leadership is also available.

Concentrations Offered • Advanced Teaching and Learning
• Athletic Administration
• Educational Technology
• Higher Education Administration
• School Leadership
Special Notes about the Program

An applicant who does not meet the stated criteria for admission to the Educational Leadership Program may request review of his/her application by submitting a letter detailing the reasons that an exception to the admission policy should be granted. This letter should be submitted to the Educational Leadership Program Director prior to the closing date for receipt of applications. The letter will become part of the application and be reviewed during the student selection process.


Students who hold a master's degree and wish to pursue a principal's certificate via a modified school leadership program should contact Dr. Jerry Johnson.


Certificate programs offered with Educational Leadership are not eligible for financial aid except for students pursuing their initial teacher certification. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information regarding eligibility. 

Accreditation NCATE -- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
FLDOE -- Florida Department of Education
Curriculum and Requirements Advanced Teaching and Learning Curriculum
Educational Technology Curriculum
Athletic Administration Curriculum
Higher Education Administration
School Leadership Curriculum
Program Policies
Total Program
Credit Hours
36 - 39
Average Length
of the Program
Two years
Approximate Enrollment 160
Community Connections This program provides to public and private schools all around northeast Florida well prepared educational administrators and other school leaders.
Career Possibilities View Career Services Information
Graduate Students Stories and Pictures Student Profile