Leadership in Educational Administration Doctorate (LEAD) FAQ

All courses will be delivered in a blended format so most of the sessions will be conducted online, however, up to 2-3 times a semester you will be required to travel to the UF campus or other designated location for Saturday class sessions from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Blended format refers to courses that are taught both online and face-to-face. All LEAD classes are taught in a blended format.

The next LEAD Cohort program is expected to begin May/Summer semester 2018.

We will begin accepting applications August 15, 2017.  The deadline to apply and for all application material to be received is January 15, 2018.

The program plan consists of a structured cohort-based model. Classes each term are pre-determined.

Students will take 2 classes per term (6 credit hrs), Fall, Spring and Summer. Students finish coursework in 3 years with a 4th year devoted to completing the dissertation.

Transfer/Elective Courses      15 credit hours
Department Courses              36 credit hours
Research Courses                 15 credit hours
Dissertation Hours                 24 credit hours
Total                                    90 Credit Hours

Students must submit applications to both the department and to the university graduate school. For more details visit the application procedure.

Once the applications have been reviewed individuals will be contacted from someone from the department and a telephone interview may be requested to finalize the application process.

Course content and delivery varies by professor, but most courses are managed through an online Learning Management System. Some professors use web conferencing with their students during the class sessions. To participate in class session’s students will need to have administrative privileges on their machine to download software required for the program. A high-speed Internet connection is strongly recommended. Once admitted to the program, students will be given appropriate assistance with online class setup.

Please review the computer requirements on the Office of Distance Learning website.

Students may expect to transfer a maximum 15 credits from previous coursework into the LEAD program.  Subject to approval by advisor. Regardless of which course credits transfer, all students will be expected to take the full sequence of courses along with their cohort. Transfer credits will be applied to elective courses only.

LEAD students are often sponsored by their school or institution. There are currently no specific scholarships or fellowships for the LEAD program.

To apply to the UF graduate school individuals must have a current GRE score to report (within the last 5 years). A Master’s degree is also a requirement for acceptance into the program.

The upcoming cohort is expected to begin in May/Summer 2018. We will begin accepting application August 15, 2017.

The deadline to apply and for all application material to be received is January 15, 2018.

The degree will be a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current cost information for the LEAD programs can be found at the following site: Distance Education Tuition and Fees

If you have specific questions, email the Educational Leadership Program Coordinator Linda Eldridge.

To check on the status of your application, contact Angela Rowe.