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College : EducationDegree : EDD
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and LeadershipOption : N/A


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 scholar practitioners.

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

Required Courses—39 Credit Hours

Core—30 Credit Hours

  • EDA 7101 Organizational Theory in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7192 Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7195 Politics, Governance, and Financing of Educational Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7205 Planning, Research, and Evaluation Systems in Educational Administration (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7225 Advanced Legal Studies in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7274 Learning and Accountability (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7215 Community Outreach for Educational Leaders (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7193 Instructional Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7333 Dynamics of Children, Families and Organizations: Implications for Educational Leaders (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7224 Human Resource Development in Educational Organizations (3 credit hours)

Research Methods—9 Credit Hours

  • EDF 7471 Research in Educational Leadership I (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7407 Research in Educational Leadership II (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7408 Research in Educational Leadership III (3 credit hours)

Doctoral Field Study—15 Credit Hours

Doctoral students will conduct a client-based field study on an issue or problem of practice during the last four semesters of the program. The proposal and final report must be accepted by the Educational Leadership faculty and the research client. Registration for EDA 7943 is not permitted until the student is admitted to candidacy.

  • EDA 7943 Doctoral Field Study (15 credit hours minimum)


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 a whitepaper to be assigned during the summer semester of Year 1.
  • Completion of a field study project proposal accepted during the summer semester of Year 2.
  • Completion of all course work, except for the Doctoral Field Study.
  • Submittal 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 admission requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admission section of the Graduate Catalog.  Applicants must apply online and all requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline(s) .

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.
  • Applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to complete the necessary information requested for the ETS PPI (Personal Potential Index) report that is available during the GRE examination.  All official PPI reports must be submitted directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies (use UCF Institution Code: 5233).

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 15Jun 1
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Student Finances, 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 Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.