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Online Ed.D. Program

New Cohort Begins May 2016
Application Deadline:  December 11, 2015

NOTE: We admit a new cohort every other year. We have selected our cohort for 2014, so the information above is for the next cohort in 2016. We do not admit between terms as this is a cohorted program, nor can you take classes in advance. Please contact us in fall 2015 and check this website periodically for updates if you wish to apply for our May 2016 cohort.


Are you passionate about improving schools and providing a high quality education for all students? The online EdD program in Curriculum, Teaching and Teacher Education (CTTE) at the University of Florida may be the place for you!

Join the CTTE faculty in our professional practice doctoral program to enhance your capacity to support the development of teachers, the learning of students, the improvement of schools, and the study of the most pressing problems facing educational practitioners today. Come join us and develop your knowledge and skills through minds-on and hands-on work with other leading educators in the field.

Take courses related to teacher education, professional development, teacher leadership, and school reform. Apply your learning every semester in your own context. Develop expertise in curriculum and instruction and skills in research methodologies that will enable you to conduct research related to your context – classroom, school, district, or state. This program is not intended to prepare educators for positions in research-intensive universities. It is intended to prepare practicing educational professionals to draw on educational theory and research, and the expertise of colleagues and UF faculty to address the pressing problems of practice facing educational leaders today. The following features are distinct:

  • The program is cohort based with participants working together as a community of learners to tackle common and individual problems of practice.
  • Courses specifically link theory and research to problems of professional practice with participants’ contexts.
  • Course assignments support educators in application of and inquiry about their learning.
  • Qualifying examinations are organized around reflective portfolio entries in which participants demonstrate conceptual understanding and application of learning.
  • The dissertation is designed as a capstone experience in which participants work in research groups to design and implement complementary studies focused around context based problems of practice.

Each student in this online program will demonstrate conceptual and practical competence and critical stance in three core areas of expertise:

1. Theoretical expertise: apply historical and theoretical constructs to today’s problems of practice
2. Pedagogical expertise: demonstrate knowledge and skill in research based practice and applied research in the area of teacher learning and school reform
3. Research expertise: demonstrate the ability to read and understand research and generate knowledge through systematic study of problems of practice in specific contexts

This program is designed as a cohort experience with students beginning the program every other year. Because of the intensive cohort nature of this program, it is highly unlikely that graduate credits beyond the master’s degree will count toward this doctoral degree. Online sessions are either eight or sixteen weeks in length and there are required on-campus experiences every summer (always during UF summer break week) and one weekend institute each fall and spring. Courses will be scheduled so students can complete the program in a timely way, with standard time to completion being 4 years.

Qualifying exams are required for each student to advance to doctoral candidacy. Qualifying exams require each student to design, develop and present in a public forum a reflective portfolio around a series of job-embedded tasks in a manner commensurate with doctoral level work. These will be structured to align with each student’s specialization context and eventual capstone/dissertation topic.

Each student will culminate his/her capstone experience with a dissertation defense occurring in a public forum.

Learn more about the online EdD program in Curriculum, Teaching and Teacher Education (CTTE) by exploring the following links.