Educational Leadership EdS

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :EDS
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Nonthesis
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The Education Specialist in Educational Leadership program is designed for those currently employed in or interested in decision-making positions in educational organizations.


The Educational Leadership EdS program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete EDA 6909 Research Report at the completion of their study, as well as successfully complete EDA 6946 Internship by earning at least a grade of "B."
Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

Core—9 Credit Hours

  • EDA 7101 Organizational Theory in Education* (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 6909 Research Report (3 credit hours)

*EDA 7101 will be taken the last fall semester of enrollment prior to graduation; enrollment requires instructor permission.

    Specialization—21 Credit Hours

    • EDA 6061 Organization and Administration of Schools (3 credit hours)
    • EDA 6232 Legal Aspects of School Operation (3 credit hours)
    • EDA 6240 Educational Financial Affairs (3 credit hours)
    • EDA 6260 Educational Systems Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
    • EDA 6931 Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
    • EDS 6123 Educational Supervisory Practices I (3 credit hours)
    • EDS 6130 Educational Supervisory Practices II (3 credit hours)

    Co-requisite/Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours

    EDF 6401 and EDF 6481 are required co-requisites if students have not already completed them in their master’s degree. If the courses have been completed, students must take up to 6 credit hours of electives as approved by their adviser.

    • EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)


    • Electives (6 credit hours) as approved by adviser 

    Additional Program Requirements

    Educational leadership majors must successfully complete:

    • 3 credit hour EDA 6946 Administrative Internship (should be taken within the last two semesters of enrollment)
    • Pass all sections of the Florida Educational Leadership Examination and receive scores in time for graduation.

    Independent Learning

    Students must complete a research report at the conclusion of their studies.

    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.
    • A master’s degree in a related field of study.
    • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.  
    • Resumé.
    • Three letters of recommendation.

    Admission to the EdS in Educational Leadership program is separate from admission to the doctoral program. EdS graduates may apply for admission to the doctoral program.

    Application Deadlines

    Educational Leadership EdS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jun 20Sep 20Feb 1
    International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
    International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
    *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.