Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. David Hoppey

(904) 620-5326

Building 57


Application Information
Applications are accepted for fall term only.
Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . May 1

Admits during fall term only.
Admission Requirements

University requirements:



  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.


Additional program requirements:


  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions


  • A Master's degree earned from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent international university with a minimum 3.25 GPA


  • Competitive GRE, MAT, or GMAT scores (Institutional Code: 5490)


  • Three years successful teaching experience or related work in training and development


  • Resume


  • Letter of Intent stating    
    • You meet the minimum criteria for admission (i.e. Master's degree and three years of teaching or comparable leadership experience
    • Whether or not you have completed a course related to educational or social science research methods.
    • Whether or not you are familiar with computer-based word processing or if you will commit to develop competence in computer-based word processing skills during your first semester.
    • Submit written answers with your letter of intent to the three questions listed here.


  • Three letters of references from individuals who know your academic and professional work. After you've completed the reference section and submitted your online application, your references will receive an email from the Graduate School with a link to complete an online reference letter for you.


  • Writing Sample, such as:
    • A published article in a professional journal or
    • A 6 to 8 page paper you have written for a graduate course or
    • Other professional materials for which you have had primary responsibility



    Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.



    For more information on how to apply click here.

    Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.



    Program Overview
    To support the improvement of education through a variety of leadership roles, the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida offers a program leading to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in educational leadership. The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program draws from a number of departments and other instructional resources of the university. The program consists of course work in interdisciplinary foundations, leadership, research methodologies, and a cognate (or minor) area. The completion of a dissertation is the capstone project of the degree program.


    Curriculum and Requirements
    Total Program
    Credit Hours
    Average Length
    of the Program
    Four to six years
    Approximate Enrollment
    Community Connections
    UNF's Ed.D. provides highly qualified educational leaders for positions in public and private education throughout northeast Florida.
    Career Possibilities