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The online master's degree in Educational Leadership is an advanced educational program designed to prepare you for an exciting future. Start now so you can take advantage of a variety of new professional opportunities (principal, vice principal, dean).

If you've been thinking about getting your master's degree in Educational Leadership, now you have a convenient and affordable option from a respected program at the University of West Florida (UWF) School of Education.

* Flexible. Online classes make it easier for you. We know you have a busy schedule. Online classes make it possible for you to balance work, life, and school.
* Reputable. Earn your graduate degree from a respected university. UWF is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
* Affordable. The Educational Leadership program costs $12,537.03, making it one of the most affordable programs available.

What will you learn in the Educational Leadership graduate program?
Upon completion of the master's in Educational Leadership, students will understand the following concepts:

* Leadership theories and planning models
* How to improve educational programs through the proper management of human resources
* Constitutional law, legislative enactments, school policies, and the relationships to administration
* Tort liability, due process for students, corporal punishment, teacher contracts
* Principles, trends, and practices in financing public education, including federal, state, and local financial support programs
* Instructional technology
* How to plan, staff, implement, and evaluate a school program
* An understanding of the nature of instrument and test development
* Theories and strategies for curricular reform
* How to use data to create a school environment and curriculum that will enhance student learning

Why Choose UWF?

* Ranked on the Forbes "Best Southern Colleges" list (2011)
* Ranked on the Forbes "Best Research Universities" list (2011)
* Designated as a "Best Southeastern College" by the Princeton Review (2003 2013)
* A Forbes "Top 100 Best Buy College" (2011)
* Named a College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com (2011)
* Dedicated faculty includes a Fulbright Scholar

Program Courses
* EDA 5191 Leadership in Education: School Improvement Theory and Practice

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDA 6063 Introduction to Educational Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDA 6222 Administration of School Personnel

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDA 6232 Law and Education

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDA 6240 Introduction to School Finance

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDA 6503 The Principalship

Duration: 16 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EME 6317 Instructional Technology for Educational Leaders

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDF 6460 Foundations of Measurement

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDG 5250 Principles of Curriculum Development

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDG 6285 Data Driven Decisions Using Standardized Student Achievement Data

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 Electives
This program requires a 3-hour elective. You may choose from: * EDF 6691 Issues in Teacher Education: A Bio-Psycho-Social Understanding

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EDS 6105 Human Relations and Communication in Education

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * EEX 6051 Exceptionalities

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * RED 6060 Foundations of Middle and Secondary Literacy

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3 * TSL 5085 ESOL Principles and Practices

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3


USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


Program requirements

In addition to UWF's graduate admission requirements, the School of Education bases its decisions on a holistic review of credentials. Here are the criteria that help us assess your potential success: * Submission of one of the following standardized test scores: * Graduate Record Examination (GRE) * Miller Analogies Test (MAT) * 3.0 undergraduate GPA OR GRE verbal OR MAT score that falls at or above the 50th percentile * Your letter of intent stating work experience, your reasons for pursuing the degree, and your career goals * Academic preparation * Department review * Contact information for two professional references * Current teacher certification * Immunization Form - New students registering for Onlyonline courses and who will not be physically present in any UWF classroom or on any UWF campus may 1) download, 2) complete, and 3) return the "Mandatory Immunization Health History Form" below. * Mandatory Immunization Health History FormOnce you download the form, go to the final page: * Enter your 1) Name; 2) Date of Birth; 3) UWF Student ID number; 4) Phone number * Check all three boxes under the Exceptions/Waivers Heading * Sign and Date the completed form * Email or Fax the completed form to the address or number at the bottom of the formOnce the "Mandatory Immunization Health History Form" is submitted and processed by Student Health Services, the "Immunization Hold" will be removed and new students can proceed with course registration.Degree Requirements for the online M.Ed. in Educational LeadershipStudents seeking an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership must also meet the following requirements: * Be admitted to the program * Submit an approved degree plan that includes 33-60 semester hours * Complete degree requirements compliant with the time to degree policy * Be recommended for graduation by the Department of Professional and Community Leadership * Pass the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Individual Class Withdrawal
After the drop/add period, a student may withdraw from a course while remaining in other course(s) through approximately the tenth week of instruction of any fall or spring semester. A grade of "W" will be assigned during this period. Students may process withdrawals online through the Withdrawal app in the Registration folder in MyUWF. Students also have the option of submitting a withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar, building 18, on the Pensacola campus or at the UWF Emerald Coast - Fort Walton Beach.

Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor prior to withdrawing from classes and to contact the Office of Financial Aid and the Cashier's Office for questions regarding fee liability or financial aid awards. Students who withdraw are not enrolled in the class as of the date the withdrawal is processed. Enrollment status (i.e., full-time, part-time) will be adjusted based on the date of withdrawal. Withdrawals count as an attempted course for repeat course surcharges and excess hours. Individual class withdrawals may not be processed after the published deadline. Students who do not officially withdraw will be assigned a standard letter grade reflective of the performance in the course.

Withdraw from All Courses (University withdrawal)
Currently enrolled students may withdraw through MyUWF. Students withdrawing from all courses prior to the end of the 4th week of a full semester will receive a grade of "WR" (partial refund). A grade of "WR" is not computed in the UWF GPA.

Students withdrawing from all courses after the fourth week through the end of the tenth week of any fall or spring semester will receive a grade of "W" in each course. Students withdrawing after the designated automatic "W" deadline through the last day of instruction will be assigned a grade of "W" or "WF" at the discretion of the course instructor(s). Grades of "WF" are computed in the UWF GPA. Withdrawal from all courses does not prevent registration for future terms. Students are not required to apply for readmission unless they have not enrolled at UWF for three or more consecutive academic semesters (including summers). Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors before withdrawing from classes and to contact the Office of Financial Aid and the Cashier's Office for questions regarding fee liability or financial aid awards. Students who withdraw from all classes are not enrolled as of the date the withdrawal is processed. Enrollment status will be adjusted based on the date.

Financial Aid Can Help Pay Your Tuition
Scholarships, grants, and loans are available. Graduate students who have been given temporary non-degree student status are eligible for institutional short-term loan assistance only.

The application period for the 20122013 academic year began January 1, 2012. The 20122013 application is valid for Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 semesters.

How to Apply for Financial Aid
* Apply for a federal PIN at pin.ed.gov. The PIN will serve as your electronic signature on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). PINs are issued electronically in "real time", meaning you can elect to receive your PIN immediately on the PIN website or via email. Otherwise, it will be mailed to you through regular mail in 7-10 days.
* Complete the FAFSA, available online at * Enter UWF's financial aid school code (003955) in Step 6 on the FAFSA form.
* The results, called a Student Aid Report (SAR), will be electronically transmitted to UWF. If you use your PIN to sign the FAFSA and provide an email address, the results will be available in 1-3 days electronically. If the results are sent through regular mail, you will receive a SAR in 2-3 weeks.
* Submit an application for admission to UWF. No offer of financial aid will be made until you have been accepted for admission to UWF.

Most financial aid programs specify that you register at least half-time, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and show evidence of financial need. Receipt of a financial aid award does not guarantee financial aid in subsequent years. You must reapply for financial aid each academic year.

Accreditation

Know that you are getting your graduate degree from a respected and accredited university.

* Accredited: UWF has National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation. University of West Florida is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
* Approved: This program is approved by the Florida Department of Education for Educational Leadership Certification in the state of Florida. If you are interested in becoming a principal, assistant principal, dean, or other educational leader in a state other than Florida, it is important to refer to the appropriate state Department of Education for information about certification requirements relevant to you.

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