Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Southeastern University- Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Southeastern University- Graduate Catalog

Master of Education, Educational Leadership

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The MEd in Educational Leadership is a 30 semester hour program.  It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  8 courses are offered in an 8-week online delivery format. 1 course is offered in a 16-week online delivery format. The online format better allows you the ability to advance your education while maintaining your current career and family life.  While the various programs are in-depth and rigorous, the flexibility of the online delivery format allows you to schedule your studies around your life.

  • This program is ideal for the teacher desiring to move into a public or private school administrative position, most often to begin at the Assistant Principal level.
  • Florida teachers desiring a State Approved FLDOE Administrator Certificate will be required to pass the FELE as part of our program.
  • For those living in Polk County, our program also allows you to complete a large portion of your ALP (Aspiring Leaders Program) requirements to enter the Polk County pool of candidates.
  • It is an outstanding educational degree for those desiring a stepping stone to a doctoral degree.
  • The program can be completed in as little as four semesters (it will take at least five semesters if you start in a summer term) although you are certainly allowed to go at a slower more manageable pace depending upon your current career situation.
  • If the student wants to be state-approved, they will need to submit the official score report showing that they passed the FELE.  If the score report is not submitted within one year after the final academic requirements are completed, then the degree will be conferred without the state approval on the transcript.  If they pass the FELE after the degree has been conferred then they can seek state approval through the state, but it will not be on the SEU transcripts.

Admission Requirements

  • An essay on the topic, “Why I want to pursue my master’s degree at Southeastern University.” Address how the Master of Education will help you improve your current/future career and how you can integrate your Christian faith. This essay should be two to three pages long, include your full name, and use 12-point, Times New Roman font. It should be double-spaced with one-inch margins.
  • A completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with evidence of one of the following:
    • a minimum GPA of 3.0 
    • a combined score of at least 300 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) and a 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE.  GRE scores must be within the past 5 years. (If you took the GRE prior to August of 2011 the combined score must be at least 1,000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections.)
  • Proof of three years of experience as an educator
  • Two most recent teacher performance at the effective of highly effective level
  • Resume
  • For non-native English speakers a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher.
  • Official college transcripts
  • Professional Reference from Principal or Assistant Principal
  • Personal Reference
  • Signed form of agreement to certify acknowledgement and compliance with SEU graduate policies, procedures, and regulations including the sexual harassment policy. (See form at end of this Graduate Catalog).

Academic Requirements

The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. Grades of less than C- will not be counted toward degree completion.

  • Complete all coursework prior to enrolling for the practicum
  • Successfully complete the FELE exam prior to or during the practicum

State Approval/Reciprocity

All teacher education programs have met requirements for Florida State Approved Programs.

Students who plan to teach in Florida schools must file an application with the Office of Teacher Certification for the State of Florida and complete the post-degree requirements for the teaching credential.

Students graduating from Florida state-approved teacher certification programs are currently eligible for initial certification to teach in all members of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), an interstate reciprocity contract allowing certified teachers to obtain teaching jobs in other states and territories. An applicant’s eligibility for certification according to the interstate agreement contract will be determined after the application for a Florida teaching certificate is on file in the Teacher Certification Office. For more information on state-specific certification requirements click here.



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