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Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership


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 (EdD) degree in educational leadership. The EdD 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.


Application Information

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Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . Early Decision March 1; Regular Decision May 1

Admits for fall term only.


Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials before March 1 as the program admits a cohort of approximately 15-20 students each year on a competitive basis. Applicants submitting materials after March 1 will be reviewed, space permitting until the regular decision deadline.


Review of College of Education and Human Services graduate assistantship applications begins in March each year. Students must be fully accepted to the EdD program in order to be considered for an assistantship.


The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements

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.
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Program requirements:

  • Resume
    • Three years of successful teaching experience, administrative experience, or related work in training and development required
  • Letter of intent
    • Describe how minimum criteria for admission are being met (i.e. Master's degree and three years of teaching or comparable leadership experience);
    • In your letter also answer the following questions:
      1. What personal and professional goals do you hope to meet through earning a doctorate? Why do you think the a doctorate degree from UNF is a good fit for your goals?
      2. What special knowledge, skills, and experience would you bring to the program that would be of value to your classmates?
      3. What personal, professional and financial resources do you have to support your success in the program?
  • Writing sample. This should include one of the following:
    • Published article in a professional journal;
    • Paper (6-8 pages) written for a graduate course that demonstrates academic writing; or
    • Other professional materials for which primary responsibility was held that demonstrates academic writing
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Address applicants academic and professional work
  • A Master's degree earned from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent international university
    • Minimum 3.25 GPA

Interview Process

Applicants that meet minimum program admission requirements will be invited to participate in an interview process with program faculty before being admitted to the program.


Program Policies

Average Length
of the Program

3-4 years

Approximate Enrollment


Community Connections

UNF's EdD provides highly qualified educational leaders for positions in public and private education throughout northeast Florida.
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. David Hoppey

Associate Professor

(904) 620-5326