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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 . . . . . . . . May 1

Admits for fall term only.

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 or related work in training and development
  • 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);
    • Whether or not a course related to educational or social science research methods has been completed;
    • Familiarity with computer-based word processing, or if competence in computer-based word processing skills will be developed during first semester
    • Submit written answers to the EdD program questions
  • Writing sample
    • Published article in a professional journal;
    • Paper (6-8 pages) written for a graduate course; or
    • Other professional materials for which primary responsibility was held
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Address applicants academic and professional work 
  • GRE, MAT or GMAT test scores
    • Taken within the last 5 years
    • Competitive scores
  • A Master's degree earned from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent international university 
    • Minimum 3.25 GPA


Curriculum and Requirements

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