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.



Congratulations to the following candidates for successfully defending their dissertations recently:
Spring 2020

Charay Dupree, Education for Liberation: The Stories of Transformative Educational Leaders, Chair: Dr. Abul Pitre

Heidi Hill, Dismantling and Deconstructing Girl Bye: A Narrative Study of Restoring Black Girls with Restorative Justice, Chair: Dr. Abul Pitre

Kisha James, A Narrative Study of Turnaround Principals in Predominately African American Schools, Chair: Abul Pitre

Letitia Johnson-Arnold, Self-Care Practices and Perceptions of Holistic Health Among Selected Educational Leadership Graduate Students Attending Minority Serving Institutions, Chair: Dr. Noran Moffett

Melissa Lyon, Using Q Methodology to Explore Views of a Selected Competency Framework for Community Engagement Professionals, Chair: Dr. Noran Moffett

Deon Martin, Racism an Inequality: Stories of African American Female Educators in Public Schools, Chair: Dr. Abul Pitre

Gena Mattocks, The Moderating Effect of Teaching Experience on Content Knowledge and Sense of Efficiency in Literacy Institutions, Chair: Dr. Theodore Kaniuka

Mondrail Myrick, A Gender and Ethnic Group Comparison of Retention Using the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement at Selected-Four-Year Institutions, Chair: Dr. Noran Moffett

Allan Quinn, Early College High Schools: Do Design and Location Influence Student Achievement, Chair: Dr. Theodore Kaniuka

Raymond Smith, The Pedagogical Relationship Between the Educational System and the Juvenile Justice System in North Carolina, Chair: Dr. Paris Jones

Jocelyn Smith-Gray, Leading for Social Justice: A Narrative Study of Department Chairs, Chair: Dr. Abul Pitre

Carlin Tuton, The Relationship Between Teacher Efficacy and Standardized Testing in the Context of North Carolina Read to Achieve Era, Chair: Dr. Theodore Kaniuka

Matthew Wynn, ESL Teachers and School Leaders Perspectives of K-8 Social Studies, Chair: Dr. Landon Hadley