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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :EDD
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : N/A


The Executive track in the Educational Leadership EdD program is designed to prepare educators for leadership positions in PK-12 organizations and other educational organizations. The program prepares students for professional practice as scholarly practitioners.


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 plan of study for the Executive track in the Educational Leadership EdD is arranged as a lock-step cohort-based program to facilitate scheduling for those who are employed in teaching and administrative positions. Details about this program are found in the Executive Handbook.
Total Credit Hours Required:
54 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—39 Credit Hours

Core—24 Credit Hours

  • EDA 7101 Organizational Theory in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7192 Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7195 Politics, Governance, and Financing of Educational Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7205 Planning, Research, and Evaluation Systems in Educational Administration (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7225 Advanced Legal Studies in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7215 Community Outreach for Educational Leaders (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7193 Instructional Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7224 Human Resource Development in Educational Organizations (3 credit hours)

Research Methods—9 Credit Hours

  • EDF 7471 Research in Educational Leadership I (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7407 Research in Educational Leadership II (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7408 Research in Educational Leadership III (3 credit hours)

Doctoral Field Study—6 Credit Hours

Doctoral students will conduct a dissertation in practice on an issue or problem of practice during the last four semesters of the program. The proposal is developed during the first 3 semester hours of EDA 7943 and implemented during the second semester.

  • EDA 7943 Doctoral Field Study (6 credit hours)

Dissertation in Practice—15 Credit Hours

In EDA 7987 Dissertation in Practice students conduct scholarly research on a complex problem of practice in an education organization. The dissertation in practice will have an introduction and its essential components, literature review, methodology, findings, and discussion and conclusions.

  • EDA 7987 Dissertation in Practice (15 credit hours minimum)


To enter candidacy for the Executive track in the Educational Leadership EdD program, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required milestones.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy:

  • Completion of an on-demand writing whitepaper to be completed prior to summer semester Year 1. 
  • Completion of a dissertation in practice proposal accepted during the summer semester of Year 2.
  • Completion of all course work, except for the Doctoral Field Study.
  • Submission of an approved program of study.

Independent Learning

The doctoral field study provides the independent learning experience by having students a study on an issue or problem of practice in education.

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.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Master's degree in a closely related field.
  • Official, competitive GRE score, taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Resume.
  • Goal statement.

Admission to the program is once per year, fall term only, with students paced in a cohort sequence.

Application Deadlines

Executive *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15May 1



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


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.