2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Educational Leadership EdD, Executive Track

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: EdD
Department: Educational Leadership and Higher Education
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/elhe/educational-leadership/
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.


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, literature review, methodology, findings, and discussion and conclusions.


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 an independent learning experience by having students conduct 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 (sent electronically or 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.
    • NOTE: The GRE has been removed as an admission requirement for this graduate program for applicants applying Spring 2021 through the Fall 2021 term. This is a temporary measure in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Resume.
  • Goal statement.
  • Applicants to this program, except those that have earned or will earn a Masters or Doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution recognized by UCF, who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

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.


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 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

Daniel Eadens, EdD
Associate Professor
Telephone 407-823-4751
ED 220-E

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
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
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

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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