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The Graduate School

Curriculum and Instruction


The aim of the Doctorate of Education (EdD) degree in Curriculum and Instruction is to prepare scholarly practitioners to be innovative leaders who can transform teaching and learning in their schools and districts. The program is designed for a wide variety of individuals including curriculum specialists, school-based teacher leaders, administrators who want to increase their knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and those working in informal educational settings.

The program is based upon the guiding principles of the Carnegie Project on the Education
Doctorate (CEPD). It consists of 60 credits beyond the master’s degree, with courses in curriculum and instruction, research methodologies, educational foundations, and a cognate, or area of specialization, chosen by the student. The capstone project is a dissertation that enables students to design and conduct educational research that addresses a problem of practice.

Application Deadlines

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

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.

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Kim Cheek
Associate Professor
(904) 620-2794

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • 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.