The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) College of Education’s (COE) Department of
Educational Leadership and Research Methodology (ELRM) has as its mission to contribute to the personal and
professional growth of current and potential leaders who serve educational agencies
or individuals in a variety of settings. The purpose of the School Leaders Program
is to prepare and support school leaders in public and private educational institutions.
The Certification Program prepares aspiring teacher leaders and assistant principals
to meet the challenges of today’s schools. In cooperation with Florida public school
districts, the program of study includes leadership theory, professional knowledge,
and school-based clinical experiences. Completion of this program, in combination
with three years of successful teaching experience, previous achievement of a Masters
degree from an accredited university or college, and passing the Florida Educational
Leadership Exam (FELE) leads to Florida Educational Leadership Certification (Level
I) which qualifies an individual to serve as a public school assistant principal,
intern assistant principal, intern principal, or interim principal.
In addition to engaging students in learning considered as world class by the profession,
the Certification Program incorporates the Florida Leadership Standards, Competencies,
and Skills which are measured through the FELE. It also complies with program requirements
specified by NCATE and ISLCC Standards. Students who complete this program are prepared
to sit for the FELE examination, and must pass the exam in order to finish the program.
The School Leaders Masters Program is built on the Conceptual Framework of the COE
and three major domains that the ELRM requires for leadership learning; Leadership
Foundations, Professional Knowledge, and Experiential Learning. EDL believes that
learning in these three domains will develop informed, capable, ethical and reflective
decision making professionals.
The first domain, Leadership Foundations, provides the student with learning specifically
about leadership. Leadership is a relationship between leaders and followers who
work together toward common goals to effect change in an ethical way. The theory,
learning, and application of leadership are provided through the three core courses
that are required for all ELRM programs.
The remaining two domains are Professional Knowledge and Experiential Learning.
In Professional Knowledge, students learn about specialized fields of school leadership
including school operations and management, governance, law, instructional leadership,
and school community. In Experiential Learning, students take internship courses
with curricula that are built practicing assistant principal-level activities. These
internships are semester-specific (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Each internship course
presents different knowledge and skills applications. The curriculum of each internship
is centered on the activities occurring during each of the Fall, Spring, and Summer
school administrative calendar time frames.
Certificate candidates must currently hold a Masterss Degree from a regionally accredited
college or university to enter FAU's Department of Educational Leadership program.
They must then:
Students need to contact the Registrar and be enabled in the OWLS system as a “non-degree
seeking student” before they can start taking the courses listed on their program
plan. Once registered, they can take certification courses on any campus and in
any delivery system (on-line, fast track, or during the week). They should check
the University Academic Calendar to see when they can register via OWLS.
Go on-line to the OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR website at
There you will find the instructions for how to become a non-degree seeking student.
The three foundational courses (Leadership 1, 2, and 3) are all available to be
taken by non-degree seeking students without special permission – all the other
courses require permission from ELRM. Therefore, at least three weeks prior to the
next semester, the student should go onto the FAU course schedule and determine
the courses s/he would like to enroll in. On the
under K-12 School Leaders, a link is available for certification students who are
applying for permission in “Majors Only” courses. Students should go to this link
and apply for the courses they wish to take the following semester. If all is in
order, the student will be given an “override” in the OWLS system to enroll once
the date for non-degree seeking student registration begins.
If you have noted the CRN number of the courses to take, it is simple to “Add” these
courses through the FAU Self-Service (OWLS) system to your schedule. You can, of
course, also go to the registrar and enroll in these courses in person. Courses
fill up quickly, so make sure to get into all the courses you need as soon as possible.
Get familiar with the MyFAU system. You can find the links to them on the FAU home
page, www.fau.edu. MyFAU is the program that all FAU students are supposed to use.
Once accepted to FAU, you are automatically issued an email address and password.
Note the following:
Once noted on the official transcript, candidates then apply to the State Department
of Education in Tallahassee for their certificate. Some school districts office
of certification will process the paperwork for its employees with the Florida State
Department of Education. Tallahassee will not respond to certificate requests without
the previous steps having been completed. Information and application can be found
The following lists the coursework that you must take in order to meet the requirements
for the Level 1 Educational Leadership Certification Program. The Florida Educational
Leadership Exam (FELE) must be taken and passed before graduation.
* Students may substitute the Educational Leadership Technology Assessment Certificate
† ESOL Requirement -- Candidates who have not met their ESOL/ELL requirement
of sixty (60) hours of ESOL district inservice points or three (3) credit hours
in a survey type ESOL course must take the following course prior to program completion:
TSL 4324 ESOL Strategies for Content Area Teachers
All candidates must provide evidence to the Department of Educational
Leadership and Research Methodology
that this requirement has been satisfied.