Educational Leadership EdD

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :EDD
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Dissertation
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The Educational Leadership EdD program is designed to prepare educators for leadership positions at all levels of educational administration from PK-12 to higher education, as well as leadership positions in various educational agencies or organizations. As well, the program prepares students for positions in teaching and research. As a professional program, studies are flexible and diverse, allowing for individual needs to be met. While a thorough knowledge of the field of educational leadership is expected of all doctoral students, individuals will also gain expertise in at least one area of specialization. Specialization knowledge is obtained through course work, independent and directed studies, research, and field experiences. Educational Leadership doctoral programs are designed to broaden administrative knowledge and skills of practicing professionals.


Students must choose one of either two tracks in the Educational Leadership program: the Executive Track or Higher Education Track. The Executive track requires a minimum of 54 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including 6 credit hours of a client-based Doctoral Field Study and at least 15 credit hours of Dissertation in Practice.  The Higher Education track requires 63 minimum credit hours based on evidence of a master's degree with an emphasis related to the study of higher education as a field of inquiry.
Total Credit Hours Required:
54-63 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.