• Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

    Program of Study

    The program consists of course work in interdisciplinary foundations, leadership, research methodologies, and a cognate (or minor) area and completion of a dissertation. Students will register for a minimum of six credit hours each semester (fall, spring, and summer) and will complete the majority of their course work together. Each student will select a minimum of 12 semester hours of study in a cognate area.

    Program Requirements

    • A minimum of 76 graduate credits while enrolled in a doctoral program.
    • No more than 24 hours of dissertation credit may be used to satisfy the 76 credit minimum requirement.
    • No more than 12 (twelve) graduate transfer credit hours may be used to satisfy the 76 credit minimum requirement providing they have not been included in a degree awarded by UNF or any other educational institution.
    • Graduate credits transferred into the doctoral program must have been completed no more than five years prior to the semester in which the student is admitted into the program and must have been earned at a regionally accredited educational institution that offers post-master's degree programs.
    • Five thousand level courses may count as graduate credit only when students take them within an academic unit other than their major area.
    • Students will complete at least 61 credit hours toward the Ed.D. at UNF and should expect to maintain continuous enrollment until they complete their degree. Exceptions to this policy are subject to approval as described in the doctoral program policies and procedures.

    Upon completion of course work the student must pass a written and oral comprehensive examination in order to be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree. The student is admitted to candidacy upon the recommendation of the dissertation committee.

    The program requires completion of a dissertation, a practice-centered, scholarly inquiry about an issue in educational leadership and practice. Research conducted in partnership with schools and school districts is encouraged.

    Once admitted to candidacy, students must register for dissertation credit in the fall and spring semesters to maintain continuous enrollment. Enrollment during the summer term is optional. Students will typically register for no more than three (3) credit hours of dissertation credit each semester until the dissertation proposal is approved. The dissertation proposal should be completed within the first nine (9) credit hours of dissertation registration. A student must earn a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation credit at UNF for program completion. Each student will complete a final oral examination to defend the research conducted and to demonstrate the ability to use critical thought and judgment.


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