2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership EdD, Executive Track


College: Education and Human Performance Degree: EDD
Department: School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option: N/A
Graduate Program Handbook  

Track Description


The Executive track in the Educational Leadership EdD program is designed to prepare educators for leadership positions in PK-12 organizations and other educational organizations. The program prepares students for professional practice as scholarly practitioners.

The Executive EdD is appropriate for students who are committed to advancing their leadership opportunities and capabilities in PK-12 and other organizational settings. Students admitted to the program are typically employed in teaching and administrative positions in elementary and secondary schools, as well as other educational agencies and organizations. Focus areas include: political and organizational theory, leadership, systems theory, planning and evaluation, school law and finance, data-based decision making, communications, instructional leadership, human resource management, program analysis and evaluation Educational Leadership certification is not included in this program.

Curriculum


The Executive track requires a minimum of 54 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including 6 credit hours of a client-based Doctoral Field Study and at least 15 credit hours of Dissertation in Practice. The plan of study for the Executive track in the Educational Leadership EdD is arranged as a lock-step cohort-based program to facilitate scheduling for those who are employed in teaching and administrative positions. Details about this program are found in the Executive Handbook.

Total Credit Hours Required: 54 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Required Courses: 39 Credit Hours


Doctoral Field Study: 6 Credit Hours


Doctoral students will conduct a dissertation in practice on an issue or problem of practice during the last four semesters of the program. The proposal is developed during the first 3 semester hours of EDA 7943  and implemented during the second semester.

Dissertation in Practice: 15 Credit Hours


In EDA 7987 - Dissertation in Practice  students conduct scholarly research on a complex problem of practice in an education organization. The dissertation in practice will have an introduction and its essential components, literature review, methodology, findings, and discussion and conclusions.

Candidacy


To enter candidacy for the Executive track in the Educational Leadership EdD program, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required milestones.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy:

  • Completion of an on-demand writing whitepaper to be completed prior to summer semester Year 1. 
  • Completion of a dissertation in practice proposal accepted during the summer semester of Year 2.
  • Completion of all course work, except for the Doctoral Field Study.
  • Submission of an approved program of study.

Independent Learning


The doctoral field study provides the independent learning experience by having students a study on an issue or problem of practice in education.

Application Requirements


For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Master’s degree in a closely related field.
  • Official, competitive GRE score, taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Resume.
  • Goal statement.

Admission to the program is once per year, fall term only, with students paced in a cohort sequence.

Application Deadlines


Executive *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 May 1 - -
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 - -
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Financials


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info


Graduate Program

Jerry Johnson EdD
Professor
jerry.johnson@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-3278
ED 315U

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
gradadmissions@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
GMAT: RZT-HT-58
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127
gradfellowship@ucf.edu
https://funding.graduate.ucf.edu

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241
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