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Educational Leadership (M.A.)

Welcome to our dynamic M.A. in Educational Leadership program, offering two concentrations to shape the next generation of administrative leaders.

The M.A. in Educational Leadership is for students who seek increasingly responsible leadership roles in higher education, PreK-12 education, or educational training divisions in business, healthcare, public service, or non-profit community organizations. Earning a degree in Educational Leadership from FGCU can make all the difference in your career. Our reputation in Southwest Florida is exceptional, having forged deep ties within our community.

We are also one of the most affordable master's programs in Florida, delivering unmatched value for those seeking to move into roles such as:

  • Higher education administrative positions (director, dean, provost, president)
  • Administrators for PreK-12 schools (FELE must be taken if seeking FLDOE certification)

Available Delivery Format(s), by concentration:

PreK-12: Online

Higher Education: Hybrid or Online

Application Information

The deadline for application of Tuition Waivers:

Fall Deadline: 5:00pm, May 1st

Spring Deadline: 5:00pm, October 1st

Summer Deadline: 5:00pm, March 1st

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Benefits of the Educational Leadership Program

Higher Education Concentration

Students in the Higher Education concentration enroll in 10 courses and 2 internships (36 credits), each focused-on areas of higher education leadership. These courses will prepare students for administrative positions in higher education, business, healthcare, and public service.

  • 15 Weeks (traditional)

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  • 7 Weeks (accelerated)

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P-12 Concentration

Candidates in the P-12 concentration enroll in 10 courses and 2 internships (36 credits), each focused on FELS standards and preparing students for work as a school administrator.  Students in the M.A. P-12 program are not required to take the FELE as part of their program. The program is offered in two formats.

  • 15 Weeks (traditional)

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  • 7 Weeks (accelerated)

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  • Higher Education Concentration
  • P-12 Education Concentration
  • Accreditation

  • Admissions Information

  • Program Requirements

  • Course Descriptions

  • Course Schedule

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance

We're here to answer your questions!

Speak with the appropriate program coordinator to learn more about our specific program requirements, the application process, course offerings and more.


Krista Bixler

Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership M.A.

PreK-12 concentration (7-week format)



Michael Houdyshell

Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership M.A.

Higher Education concentration


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