The Educational Leadership Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program is designed primarily for professionals who hold positions of leadership or who aspire to provide educational leadership in PK-12 schools. The research component is practitioner-oriented with emphasis on the utilization of research findings for decision-making. The Certification Option, approved by the Florida Department of Education, covers the ten Florida Principal Leadership Standards and associated competencies and seeks to prepare students for the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE). Students must successfully complete the FELE as a condition of earning their degree and receiving certification for school administration.
The University of West Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association. The College of Professional Studies (all Professional Education/ Teacher Education Programs) is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).