Department of Educational Leadership and School Administration

The Department of Educational Leadership and School Administration's mission is to prepare candidates for leadership in the field of education by facilitating a rigorous program of study that emphasizes quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical thinking, social justice, and emotional intelligence. 

Our Master of School Administration (MSA) and the Doctor of Educational Leadership (EDD) programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE) and authorized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to offer school administration and superintendent licensees.

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate
FSU's Ed. D. program is an active member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a national effort to reform and strengthen the education doctorate. Our program is committed to setting high academic standards and to creating strong, transformative leaders.

Department Happenings

Congratulations to the following candidates for successfully defending their dissertations recently:

  • Karen Stealing, "Leadership in Higher Education: Faculty Lived Experiencs of Academic Leadership and Morale", Chair: Dr. Landon Hadley
  • Joyce Walker, "K-12 Principal Leadeship Among Latino Students in Public Schools: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis", Chair: Dr. Abul Pitre
  • Dale Walsh, "Life Story Narratives of Department Chair Experiences in Higher Education Institutions", Chair: Dr. Dr. Linda Wilson-Jones
  • Cotelia D. Williams, "An Investigation of Selected Reactive Attachment Disorder Related Factors: A Cause Analysis of RAD's Possible Influence on Selected Black High School Males' Academic Progress", Chair: Dr. Noran L. Moffett

2019 - 2020 FSU Educational Leadership Program Review Nights

Academic Calendar for Program Defense Timeline