2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Educational Leadership MA, Higher Education/College Teaching and Leadership Track

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: MA
Department: Educational Leadership and Higher Education Option: Nonthesis
Program Websites:  https://ccie.ucf.edu/higher-education-and-policy-studies/

Track Description

The Higher Education/College Teaching and Leadership track in the Educational Leadership MA program is designed for individuals planning to teach at that level and neither requires state teacher certification for admission nor prepares candidates for state teacher certification.

The program considers new applicants during fall and spring semesters only; passing a comprehensive exam at the end of the program is a graduation requirement.


Total Credit Hours Required: 42 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

The Higher Education/College Teaching and Leadership track in the Educational Leadership MA program is designed for individuals whose goal is to teach at the community college level. Every attempt is made to build the minimum required 18 hours of graduate-level content area courses into the program of study. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in the content area. Students electing this track will not meet state requirements for teacher certification in grades K-12.  Successfully passing a comprehensive exam at the end of the program is a final graduation requirement.

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Students in this track should consult with the Higher Education/College Teaching and Leadership adviser regarding core requirements prior to registering for core courses.

Elective Courses—18 Credit Hours

Courses must be approved by the student’s adviser in one of the following disciplines:

  • Art
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Science (Select one: History, Sociology, Psychology, etc.)

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.

Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application Deadlines

Higher Education / College Teaching and Leadership *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Thomas Cox EdD
Associate Professor
ED 315  

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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