Frequently Asked Questions for Ed.D.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree at the University of Florida is an established doctoral degree offered only in the College of Education. The online professional practice doctorate is designed to prepare practicing professionals serving or preparing to serve as educational leaders at all levels. The degree is designed to connect advanced graduate study with the problems of practice encountered by educational leaders and will prepare them to create a more seamless connection between theory, research, and practice. In addition the online program meets the needs of adult learners by providing more self-directed, job-embedded learning application opportunities and by accommodating varied work schedules and family responsibilities. It extends the opportunity to receive an advanced graduate degree from the University of Florida to full-time educational professionals throughout the state and nation who cannot leave their families or cannot accommodate the financial sacrifices necessary for full-time on-campus study. 

The Professional Practice Ed.D. is designed specifically for the practicing educator. 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 within 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 to problems of practice.
  • 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. 

The audience for the professional practice doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction specializing in TSS is practicing educational leaders through the state and nation. We are seeking leaders who are working actively in school improvement initiatives and to enhance the quality of professional development. 

Participants will be responsible for tuition, books (price varies), travel, housing (summer and weekend obligation), and application fees (including GRE testing).  Students can anticipate taking a minimum of 60 credit hours for program completion (i.e. Sixteen 3-credit courses and 12 credits of dissertation).

Tuition for this online program is different than tuition for campus-based programs. Tuition costs can be found here: https://education.ufl.edu/coe-online/tuition-and-fees/ . As with all universities and colleges, tuition rates are rising.  We expect that UF tuition costs may increase 5-10% per year based on legislative mandates that we cannot control. 

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the Online/Distance State Authorization Process and UF Online page to be sure that this program is authorized in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing, or renewal of an educational license, as well as any other benefits.

Students must commit to the following:

  1. Required week-long on-campus experiences every summer (always during UF summer break week) during the first 3 summers.
  2. One day each for qualifying exams and then dissertation defense.
  3. Participation in occasional video conferences with UF-based faculty when scheduled.
  4. Staying on track with the cohort – this is a cohort-based program, and we cannot guarantee that you will graduate on time if you get off track. While we recognize that working professionals need flexibility, we cannot guarantee that this program will work for people who get off track. This is a specialized program and required courses are offered once every two years. 

This is a cohort-based four-year program. 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. Courses will be scheduled so students can complete the program in a timely way, with standard time to completion being 4 years. If a student falls behind the cohort for some reason, it will generally mean delaying progress toward your degree until the next cohort begins. A cohort is admitted every other year. 

No. This is a cohort program so you must begin when the cohort begins. We never admit early or allow students to take courses early. 

The majority of classes will be offered online. Sessions are usually sixteen weeks in length. In addition to on-line coursework, students are required to attend a week-long on-campus experience every summer (always during UF summer break week) during the first 3 summers. Students are also required to be on campus for qualifying exams (one day) and dissertation defense (one day).

Typically your entire masters degree will transfer in (up to 30 credits) as long as it is education-related and/or content-related to your current job, and if it is from an accredited institution recognized by UF. If you have a graduate degree from UF, you are allowed to transfer in up to 36 credits which only lightens your load in some semesters but does not shorten your program length. 

The summer experience will be held during the UF inter-session between Summer A and B. Generally this is the third week of June each summer. Attendance is required and upon admission you must commit to attend the institute for the first three summers. 

As cohort members, participants must support the success of all members by actively participating in facilitated discussions, bringing evidence of student and adult work and working collaboratively on activities such as inquiry, peer review of papers, and coaching professional development experiences.  

The TSS EdD Professional Practice Doctorate is highly competitive. Applicants are expected to check the TSS website for information about how to apply. Applicants will have to meet all University entrance requirements in order to be selected. Current entrance requirements include three or more years of practical experience, a full-time professional role in education, an upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.0, acceptable GRE scores on the verbal and quantitative sections, and an essay on an assigned topic. You should know that the GRE is only one criterion. The admissions committee reviews all application materials using all available evidence on a case-by-case.  

Letters of acceptance will be mailed in late February 2020.  

Required Courses in TSS:

  • EDG 7252: Perspectives in CTTE
  • EDG 7359: Professional Development and Teacher Learning
  • EDG 6047: Teacher Leadership for School Change
  • EDF 6616: Education & American Culture
  • EDG 7224: Critical Pedagogy
  • EDG 7303: Teacher Learning and Socialization in Poverty Schools
  • EEX 7787: Issues in School Reform
  • EDE 7047: Issues in Teacher Ed: Framing Problems of Practice
  • EDE 7047: Issues in Teacher Ed: Studying Problems of Practice

Research Courses:

  • EDG 6226: Foundations of Research in Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDG 7982: Practitioner Research
  • EDF 6938: Qualitative Research
  • EDF 6938: Research Methods I
  • EDG 6931: Practitioner Research II
  • EDG 6931: Conceptualizing Research in Curriculum and Instruction

Dissertation Courses:

  • EDG 7979: Advanced Research (Quals/Capstone) (6 credits)
  • EDG 7980: Dissertation Research (Capstone) (12+ credits)

This is a tricky question, as we have no control over what UF will allow in. We HOPE that 30 hours of your masters will transfer in, but here are some issues that come up:

  • only A and B grades will transfer in (no S/Pass/U/N)

Questions about the admissions process or your application:

Ms. Michelle Mark  m.mark@coe.ufl.edu

Questions about the program:

Dr. Gage Jeter  gjeter@coe.ufl.edu

Due to the high volume of interest in this program, we ask that you first contact Dr. Jeter through e-mail with your questions, and set up a time to talk if needed.  If you call directly, we cannot guarantee a quick response.