Master of Education in Educational Leadership
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During your years of teaching, you've been maturing both as an educator and as a person in relationship with Christ. Now you're ready for a new challenge: K-12 administration, where you can serve God by helping to create a well-run school community. Our Master of Education in Educational Leadership, which Southeastern delivers online, teaches you not only to become a skilled principal or assistant principal, but to continually “put on the mind of Christ”—and to put that mind to good use in your school.
Why Choose This Degree?
Job prospects for education administrators look good. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that between now and 2016, many Baby Boomers will be retiring from school administrative positions—as we've begun to see in our districts already. Additionally, it predicts that the number of school leadership positions will increase as schools and their leaders begin to shoulder more responsibility for monitoring student achievement.
Our own area of the country offers a particular advantage: enrollment of school-age children is expected to grow more briskly in the U.S. South than elsewhere. Throughout the country, administrators will likely continue to be in high demand.
Many teachers feel called to move into school leadership; they're eager to earn higher certification and to fill the upcoming vacancies. Perhaps like you, they also want to prepare for their new leadership roles alongside other people of faith.
Why Choose Southeastern?
In Florida's Polk County school system and within regional private and Christian schools, Southeastern has earned a reputation for turning out responsible, well-prepared graduates. Our College of Education has received high praise from the State of Florida for contributing to the success of Central Florida schools.
Teachers interested in rising to leadership roles within Christian schools also find Southeastern's program singularly helpful. No other Christian university in the Central Florida region offers the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. For a Christian there's no substitute for learning a new profession with faculty and students who share your conviction that every administrative task—from setting curriculum standards, preparing budgets, and hiring teachers to remembering children's names—merits your God-given best.
In structure and content, Southeastern's M.Ed. matches the educational leadership programs of large, regional state universities. Our decisive difference comes from several elements: our comfortably low student-professor ratio, our broadly experienced Christian faculty, our emphasis on practical skills, and especially, the perspective of faith that infuses every class. Here, professors and students alike wholeheartedly embrace the paradox that the most effective leaders are those who see themselves as servants.
In your online classes, expect practical lessons, creative methods, and honest sharing. Expect your professors to remind you often of the big, ongoing question: How can I add value to the lives of the people I serve at this school? As you learn about topics like policy-making, school finance, curriculum development, conflict resolution, school law, and personnel management, you also absorb a leadership approach that can transform even a suffering school into a cohesive community.
As a working teacher you have a busy life, so we've set up our M.Ed. to make optimum use of your available time. Southeastern's M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is designed for certified teachers who have already taught for three years in either public or private schools.
Earning the Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Southeastern requires 11 online courses (36 credit hours), completed within your own time frame. Each course is eight weeks long and requires, on average, eight to ten hours of work per week. Each semester (including the summer), Southeastern offers multiple courses every eight weeks. Students can take one, two, three, or four courses per semester. After each semester, you can choose either to take the next course—or courses—or to stop for a while. If you put yourself on a fast track—three to four courses every semester—your fourth semester will end in graduation. If a more leisurely pace suits your circumstances, you can take as long as you like. The choice is completely up to you.
Field study experience in your local area will be required for each course. In addition, the last semester requires a practicum in your local area. Working with your supervising administrator an average of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks, you gain invaluable on-site experience.
Our course sequence covers all your academic work, after which you take the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE), the program's exit requirement. A student must pass all sections of the FELE prior to graduation in order to graduate from a Florida state-approved program. If you've already completed three years of teaching, successful scores on the FELE make you eligible to apply for Educational Leadership certification in Florida. Your final step is to enter the administrative employment pool in your school district.
A Higher Degree of Serving
Inside you, there's a leader that God is already starting to develop—and Southeastern is ready to help that servant-hearted leader emerge. We want to see you working as a principal or assistant principal, leading through judicious and compassionate example, and creating a productive school community where every student, teacher, staff member, and parent feels known and valued.
Southeastern University welcomes you and your new calling, in the name of the greatest Leader of all. Interested in looking more closely at our Master of Education in Educational Leadership? Click here to request more information or contact our admission counselor. You can also contact the program coordinator, Dr. Scott Bryan, at email@example.com.