2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Educational Leadership EdS

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: EdS
Department: Educational Leadership and Higher Education Option: Nonthesis
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/elhe/educational-leadership/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Education Specialist in Educational Leadership program is designed for those currently employed in or interested in decision-making positions in educational organizations.

The program is an advanced professional degree designed specifically for individuals who have completed a master’s degree in a field other than Educational Leadership and who wish to meet the requirements for Florida Level 1 Educational Leadership Certification while working toward a degree. The Educational Leadership EdS program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-Educational-Leadership-EdS-June2020.pdf.

Students who complete an EdS in Educational Leadership may apply for admission to the doctoral program. The EdS program requires a research report at the completion of studies.


The Educational Leadership EdS program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete EDA 6909 Research Report at the completion of their study, as well as successfully complete EDA 6946 - Internship  by earning at least a grade of “B.”

Total Credit Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Required Courses: 30 Credit Hours

Core: 9 Credit Hours

*EDA 7101  will be taken the last fall semester of enrollment prior to graduation; enrollment requires instructor permission.

Co-requisite/Elective Courses: 6 Credit Hours

EDF 6401  and EDF 6481  are required co-requisites if students have not already completed them in their master’s degree. If the courses have been completed, students must take up to 6 credit hours of electives as approved by their adviser.

Additional Program Requirements

Educational leadership majors must successfully complete:

  • 3 credit hour EDA 6946  Administrative Internship (should be taken within the last two semesters of enrollment)
  • Pass all sections of the Florida Educational Leadership Examination and receive scores in time for graduation.

Independent Learning

Students must complete a research report at the conclusion of their studies.

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.
  • A master’s degree in a related field of study.
  • 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.
  • Resumé.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants applying to this program 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 EdS in Educational Leadership program is separate from admission to the doctoral program. EdS graduates may apply for admission to the doctoral program.

Application Deadlines

Educational Leadership EdS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Oct 1 Feb 1
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1 Nov 1
*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
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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