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Emmanuel Leadership Academy is a ministry of Emmanuel Christian Center. Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL) partners with Emmanuel Christian Center to host an instructional site on the church campus, and offer students affordable degree programs.

Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Emmanuel Leadership Academy is not accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges and the accreditation of Southeastern University does not extend to or include Emmanuel Leadership Academy or its students. Students must be admitted by Southeastern University and enrolled in university courses to receive the benefits of regional accreditation.