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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership


Program Description

The Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) program at the University of North Florida provides candidates with a deep understanding of educational leadership. The program, a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), provides an interdisciplinary approach to leadership, drawing from a number of disciplines and fields of study. The program prepares candidates with theory, opportunities for practice, and analytical tools needed to lead effectively in our constantly changing global society. Scholarship and research are encouraged and nurtured with the goal of improving graduates' ability to make data-driven decisions that enhance and nurture organizational learning while addressing issues of equity and social justice.


The program uses a cohort model that provides students opportunities to study and learn within an active learning community. By interacting with faculty and cohort members, students deepen their understanding of themselves as advocates who effectively influence substantive change within educational organizations and communities. The program also strives to develop creative, ethical, humane, flexible, and visionary leaders, who critically analyze problems, comprehend the inherent complexities of organizational systems, and apply relevant research to examine and frame responses appropriate for different contexts, challenges, and issues.


Our graduates work in variety of leadership roles including: K-12 school and district administrators, teacher leaders, higher education administrators and faculty, educational consultants, state education agency administrators, community leaders, and non-profit educational leaders.


If you are looking for a rich, educationally challenging, and supportive environment for your doctoral studies, we invite you to consider applying to our Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.


Illuminate Your Future: EdD Information Sessions

 Learn how a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership can illuminate your future. 

Dr. David Hoppey and Dr. Kim Cheek are hosting virtual Information sessions about the UNF doctoral programs in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction via Zoom through Spring 2022. T hese virtual Information sessions are walk-in based, no appointment necessary. All sessions are open to all students, former students and prospective students interested in learning more about these innovative and highly-competitive programs. Dr. Hoppey and Dr. Cheek will be available to answer any admission and program related questions.  We hope to see you soon! 


You can join these information sessions  by joining the zoom meeting on any of the following Monday evenings from 5-6 p.m. The passcode to join the Information Session is 856592


October 4, 2021, Dr. David Hoppey

October 25, 2021, Dr. Kim Cheek

November 15, 2021, Dr. David Hoppey

December 6, 2021, Dr. Kim Cheek

January 10, 2022, Dr. David Hoppey

January 24, 2022, Dr. Kim Cheek

February 7, 2022, Dr. David Hoppey

February 21, 2022, Dr. Kim Cheek

March 7, 2022, Dr. David Hoppey

March 21, 2022, Dr. Kim Cheek

April 4, 2022, Dr. David Hoppey

April 18, 2022, Dr. Kim Cheek

If you prefer, you can contact Dr. Hoppey directly at  or Dr. Cheek at