2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Education PhD ♦♦

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: PhD
Department: School of Teacher Education Option: Dissertation
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/education-phd/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Education PhD program prepares students for careers in teaching positions in research universities. The program offers the following tracks: Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Education, Exercise Physiology, Higher Education, Instructional Design and Technology, Mathematics Education, Methodology, Measurement and Analysis, Reading Education, Science Education, Social Science Education, and TESOL.

The PhD in Education is a research-oriented degree appropriate for those who seek positions in the professoriate or in school districts, businesses, industry, educational agencies and other educational settings that require a strong research base.

It is the intent of this program to be interdisciplinary, allowing flexibility for students who will work in research clusters and learning communities with faculty on education-related research. Programs of study can be designed for those who seek faculty positions in a research university or research-oriented education positions in business and industry.


The Education PhD requires a minimum of 69 credit hours beyond the master’s degree; minimum credit hour requirements vary by track. Students from all tracks must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 24 credit hours of dissertation, and 3 credit hours of an internship.  Additional course requirements vary by track. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.

Total Credit Hours Required: 69-84 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

This section describes the elements of the curriculum that are in common for all of the tracks. The internship requirement is common to most of the tracks but not all, and more detail is provided on the internship in each specialization section.

Required Courses

Core: 24 Credit Hours

Internship: 3 Credit Hours

Specialization in all tracks must include a professional internship. In the Communication Sciences and Disorders Track, however, students must complete a three-part internship: one in university teaching (2 credit hours), one in clinical supervision (2 credit hours) for children, adolescents and adults with disorders in language and literacy, and one in professional development (2 credit hours).

Dissertation: 24 Credit Hours

Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.


To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. The associate dean for graduate studies and research must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance.Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
  • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submission of an approved program of study.

Candidacy Examinations

All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.

  • Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
  • Specialization—3-hour oral examination.

Independent Learning

The dissertation fulfills the independent learning requirement.

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.

Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements. Interview attendance is required for admission consideration. The one exception to this requirement: students applying who live outside of the United States. A Skype interview will be offered to students living outside of the U.S. if they meet the qualifications for an interview invitation. Please note: a Skype interview will not provide the same in-depth interview experience given to those attending our all day event.

Application Deadlines

Education PhD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Dec 20 Jan 15    
International Applicants Dec 20 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

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Telephone: 407-823-5369
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Graduate Admissions

Telephone: 407-823-2766
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Mailing Address

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Institution Codes
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TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

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

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