Master of Education

Instructional Leadership Concentration

Raise your profile with the School of Education & Social Science's fully online M.Ed. with a concentration in instructional leadership.

With this degree, classroom teachers develop the management and leadership skills necessary for full participation in educational governance at the school, district, and community levels.

The program is designed to meet the continuing education and professional development needs of Florida public and private educators.

This M.Ed. concentration is for those classroom teachers who do not want to seek Education Leadership (Level 1) certification through the Florida Department of Education.

Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's leaders in the classroom. A strong commitment to a set of core values is the cornerstone of Saint Leo University and our mission to offer a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world. It is a model based on steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value, and gifts of all people.


Degree Requirements

Instructional Leadership Courses (36 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • EDU 607 Theories and Practices of Curriculum 3

    This course is designed to provide insight in the historical, philosophical, social, and psychological foundations of curriculum. It will examine ways in which curricular theories and research inform curricular decisions, designs, and policies. Factors that impact curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation are studied. The purpose of the course is to help future and current administrators become instructional leaders.

  • EDU 529 Decision Making for Instructional Leadership 3

    Principles central to data driven decision making are examined in the context of student learning, teacher proficiency and continuous improvement. The relationship between data, standards, curriculum, assessment and instructional decisions is explored. Technology integration and standards of leadership for effective school improvement are studied.

    Prerequisites: EDU 525 - Data Driven Instructional Decisions

  • EDU 621 Psychology of Learning 3

    This course provides an overview of the cognitive and social/emotional development of the child, young adult, and adult. The major focus of the course is a study of current psychological theories of learning, including motivation, cognitive processing, brain-based theories, recent concepts of intelligence, and the role of the education leader in fostering student learning and effective teaching.

  • EDU 553 Leading Curriculum for Special Populations 3

    Strategies to align curriculum, instruction and monitoring student progress for diverse populations in inclusive, diverse, democratic and global environments are studied. Students will explore strategies to monitor student progress and promote continuous improvement and to meet the cultural and developmental issues related to student achievement gaps.

  • EDU 525 Data Driven Instructional Decisions 3

    Develops an understanding of various types of data used in school settings and methods for analyzing and displaying these data sets to impact and measure student learning. Students will analyze measures of central tendency and develop a presentation for a data set using Web 2.0 technology. Learners will disaggregate student data sets and create a professional development plan to address student needs and ensure timely dissemination to information to students, faculty, and parents.

  • EDU 570 Values and Ethics in Educational Leadership 3

    This course is grounded in the themes of the Saint Leo University Core Values, Catholic Intellect, and the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in the State of Florida which can be used to guide ethical leadership. These themes will be studied to allow deep knowledge, reflection, and action, which will guide educational leaders as they are concerned not only with the many individual ethical dilemmas of their daily professional lives, but also with systemic moral issues, as well as personal development as ethical leaders who work with a set of core values. The overall goal of the course is to contribute to the improvement of ethical leadership practices in schools and organizations.

  • EDU 551 Leadership in a Learning Culture 3

    This course focuses on leadership and the learning culture in a school organization. School systems are considered and analyzed for learning with a goal of high expectations for growth, student engagement, and engaged stakeholders making efforts to close performance gaps. The course provides students with strategies for effective leadership in the change process to structure and monitor school learning environments that improve learning for all diverse students.

  • EDU 649 Building School/Community Relations 3

    Strategies to promote school and community relations supporting the vision are examined. Effective communication methods with teachers, students and parents, and community stakeholders are considered and planned as part of leadership for school improvement. Opportunities for change, models for active participation and recognition in school improvement, and analysis of school data are considered with means to communicate expectations and performance indicators.

  • EDU 659 Public School Law 3

    Examined are state and federal case, statutory, regulatory, and constitutional law pertaining to student and teacher rights and responsibilities, torts, student services, student and teacher records, and the relationship between church and state.

  • EDU 660 School Leadership: Theory and Practice 3

    The historical development of American public education organization is examined. School organizational models, policy issues, development, planning, and policy-making are studied from the systems and continuous quality improvement theories perspective.

  • EDU 665 Educational Governance 3

    Studied are contemporary education issues, national educational reform initiatives, and the politics of education. The program of study examines the legal rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, including the professional code of ethics and the responsibilities of teachers.

  • EDU 670 Action Research 3

    This course is designed to introduce students to action research, a qualitative approach to research. Students will develop an understanding of the research statistical foundations, and design, analysis, and evaluation of an action research project. Students will engage in an action research project on a topic that is appropriate to their discipline.

Total Credits 36