Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."

 M. Gandhi


Advanced graduate studies support the development of educational leaders with knowledge, vision, and skills. 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 interdisciplinary program draws from a number of departments and other instructional resources of the university and incorporates advanced techniques in individual assessment.


The doctoral program reflects the following convictions about effective leadership in educational organizations:

  • Leaders must be able to articulate a vision of where their organization is going and a plan for getting there.
  • Leaders must understand how to bring about change by taking risk themselves and by encouraging people to challenge their models about how things work.
  • Leaders work effectively within existing organizational structures while they seek to improve them.
  • Leaders foster human development and value and protect differing interests.
  • Leaders value learning, for themselves and for all other members of the organization.
  • Leaders foster communication, collaboration, and community building.
  • Leaders model what they expect of others.