The Leadership in Educational Administration Doctorate (LEAD) Ed.D. program prepares future leaders for research, leadership, and policy positions throughout the education system.

Program Overview

Do you want to advance your career without having to leave your job? This program provides a unique path for students interested in becoming educational leaders with a curriculum that links research with practice. Ultimately, graduates are prepared for careers and advancement as leaders, researchers, and policymakers at the school, district, state, and national level.

Program Highlights

The unique format offers classes online, with students attending two Saturday meetings per semester through synchronous virtual meetings with other asynchronous components in between. We admit students to the blended LEAD program annually. Typically, the degree can be completed in four years of part-time study.

The LEAD EdD program is not a principal preparation program. Students interested in Level 1 certification for school administration may consider our MEd and EdS programs.

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    Ed.D. Leadership in Educational Administration Doctorate Program Requirements

    •  master’s or terminal degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a degree deemed equivalent by the University Of Florida Office Of Admission.
    • minimum grade point average of 3.0 upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work.
    • An acceptable graduate grade point average for previous graduate work.
    • Candidates for the Online Ed.D. Program may be invited for an interview for further evidence of program fit and scholarly potential.
    • For the Fall 2024 admission cycle, the GRE is no longer required.

    Program Highlights

    Entry: Fall
    Typical Course Load: 6 credits per semester
    Full-Time/Part-Time: Part-time
    Application Deadline: March 15th
    Average Class Size: 15-20 Students
    Program Completion: ~4 years