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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.


Program Mission and Vision

The mission of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida is to:


Facilitate experiences that cultivate dedicated leaders who rely on reason and evidence to act on issues of excellence, equity, and agency in educational settings.


The program Vision is:


Scholarly practitioners partnering toward making the world a better place .


The mission and vision inform our fundamental program guiding principles listed below.


The UNF Doctoral programs in Education are:


Principle 1: Framed around questions of equity, ethic of care, and social justice to develop evolving strategies and approaches to complex problems of practice.


Principle 2: Preparing scholarly practitioners who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.


Principle 3: Providing opportunities for practitioners to develop and demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and to build partnerships.


Principle 4: Engaging practitioners in their context of practice in inquiry-based activities that use multiple perspectives to develop authentic, innovative, results-oriented solutions and/or outcomes.


Principle 5: Grounded in and designed to develop professional knowledge that integrates practitioner and research-based knowledge that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.


Principle 6: Preparing leaders to be scholarly practitioners and leaders in education who can generate, develop, apply, and transform knowledge and practice.


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