A Career Guide for the Educational Leadership Major

The Department of Educational Leadership is a program unit of the College of Education. Its mission is to prepare and support the leaders in public and private educational institutions at all levels and education units of other organizations. Leadership, therefore, forms the core of the department's more specialized programs in school leadership (K-12), higer education leaders, and adult education/community education programs supported by the department. The department of Educational Leadership offers fully accredited Masters, Specialist and Doctoral degree programs in School Leaders (K-12), Adult Education, and Higher Education Management. The Department is also home to the Eminent Scholar Chair in Community Education, the Center for Educational Leaders, and the Melby center for Community Education.

School Leaders - prepares public and private elementary, middle-school, secondary, community school and district-level administators. The course of study encompassess all facets of educational administration including leadership, financial management, personnel management, legal issues, school and instructional improvement, and administrative applications of technology. The required courses for state certification in Educational leadership can be incorporated into a degree program or a certificate program.

Adult/Community Education - prepares individuals for leadership positions in educational programs for adults in a wide variety of settings: universities and community colleges, business and industry, health and social service agencies and public and private schools. Concentrations are offered in human resource development, college teaching, community education and adult education.

Higher Educational Management - this track is designed for individuals aspiring to, or currently holding, management positions in institutions of higher education.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Students and Teachers
  • Community Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Problem Solving
  • Administration
  • Improving Education
  • Basic and Applied Research
  • Life-long Learning
  • Understanding Change
  • Commitment
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills
  • A Self-directed learner
  • Patience
  • Collaborative Skills
  • Effective Communicator
  • Responsibility
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility


The Department's academic programs are guided by the College of Education's conceptual framework and are organized around three specific academic components- Foundational Knowledge Base, Professional Knowledge Base, and Experiential Learning.

Foundational knowledge base includes the basic tenets and principles upon which a field of study is based. In the department of educational Leadership, leadership forms the foundation for all programs.

Professional knowledge base is the technical knowledge, specialized skills, and ethical standards used to function in the professional workplace.

Experiential learning implies the concept that elements of a professional's education will be gained from a practical approach in a real-world sitution.


The following are examples of positions often held by Educational Leadership graduates:

Corporate trainers
Public and private school administrators
Business and industry professional educators
Continuing education in communitybased agencies
Administrator in state and local government agencies
University and Community College Professors and Administrator
District-level administrators
Human Resources consultants

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

College of Education
777 Glades Road, building 47, Suite 260
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Phone: (561) 297-3550
Fax: (561) 207-3618

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Business and the School of Accounting.

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