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EdD - Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

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For more than 100 years, Florida Southern has been preparing men and women for rewarding careers in education.

The Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) from Florida Southern prepares teachers and administrators to advance professionally and grow intellectually.

This degree will increase your knowledge and build your skills to become exceptional leaders in P-12 administration, policy development, or college/university teaching. Students engage in research and collaborative projects, providing a rigorous academic program geared toward enriching leadership, management, and motivational abilities. Outstanding faculty bring a wealth of research and practical experience to courses, preparing you to navigate today’s most complex and challenging issues in education.


Online Info Session for Doctorate Education

April 22

This event is for prospective students interested in Florida Southern's doctoral programs with the School of Education. This includes our Doctor of Education and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership programs.

Apply today to start next term
Monday, May 10, 2021

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.

Top Reasons to choose EdD - Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at florida southern college

P-12 Focus

With a requirement of students possessing a Master of Education or full professional teaching certificate, this program focuses on the P-12 sector and learner.

Outstanding Faculty

Composed of teachers and scholars whose research and practical experience delve straight into today’s most complex and important issues in education.

Nationally Recognized

Florida Southern College ranked as the No. 1 Regional College in the state of Florida by the prestigious college guidebook U.S. News & World Report.

Engaged Learning

You will experience unparalleled robust, active, and hands-on faculty-led collaborative projects that provide a rigorous academic program geared toward enriching your leadership, management, and motivational abilities.

Early Option

After completion of 20 credit hours, students are given the option to start their dissertation in one credit hour increments.

Employment Outlook

Demand for teachers (P-12, and post-secondary) is supposed to grow by an average of 9% by 2028.
Robust Median Salary (P-12, and post-secondary)

The Passion To Get Ahead

Howard explains why Florida Southern was the right school for him to advance his passion for education and professional goals.

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Lana Tatom

Lana Tatom

I am passionate about growing the next generation of teachers and leaders! Florida Southern College provides teachers and leaders the opportunity to pursue their personal and professional goals. I am thankful for all the professors that are guiding me on my journey to pursue my Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree. Each of them has helped me grow in my journey; to keep growing, learning and changing. We are all on this journey together to make a difference in the lives of our children, staff, and families.

Amy Weingarth

Amy Weingarth

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on my Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Florida Southern College. The doctoral program at Florida Southern College provides a course sequence that is tailored to working professional leaders. As a Principal, I utilize the research skills and practices from this program to build systems that will have a positive impact on student achievement. A huge benefit of the doctoral program at Florida Southern College is the relationships developed with colleagues and faculty. The faculty members support and guide doctoral students through coursework and the dissertation process. Florida Southern College has helped me work towards my personal and professional goals.

Timothy Warren

Timothy Warren

As an elementary principal, I have a burning desire to reach my full potential and become a change agent in education to ensure student success. Working towards my doctoral degree at Florida Southern College affords me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge of research-based educational practice that not only allow me turnaround schools, but transform them.

Lacey Jurnigan

Lacey Jurnigan

My learning experience at Florida Southern College has thoroughly prepared me to advance in my career with not only the knowledge but also the confidence to succeed. My professors and dissertation committee members were always a phone call or email away to support me through this challenging journey. This process has made me not only a better educator but a better person.

Elizabeth Russum

Elizabeth Russum

The Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at Florida Southern College provided me with an invaluable experience in the development of professional academic skills. The faculty facilitated my learning by broadening my perspective, challenging my thinking, and preparing me to face the demands of a leadership position. The accomplishment of this life-goal has given me the necessary skills to lead with confidence in the field of education.

Beth Livesay

Beth Livesay

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program has changed my life. My professional skills have been sharpened, my educational philosophy has been challenged and refined, and my commitment to making an excellent education attainable for all students has been strengthened. Personally, I have learned to think more deeply and listen to others more carefully.

Opening doors with your Doctorate

“As a Doctor of Education (EdD), you will be able to move into the kinds of administrative and leadership positions in K-12 education, higher education, nonprofit organizations, corporate training programs, or government agencies that let you transform how children and adults are educated. You'll be eligible for jobs influencing curricula, shaping school policies, hiring and firing teaching staff, creating school budgets, and determining educational goals for institutions and organizations.”

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“Teachers and assistant administrators who want to become a head principal (especially of a secondary school), superintendent or other high-profile administrator will often earn a doctoral degree because it helps distinguish them from other highly qualified candidates.”

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Program Details

A full-time schedule is comprised of two courses per semester.


A combination of online and in-class courses are offered to meet the needs of your busy schedule. By enrolling in our EdD full-time, you will complete all of your coursework in two years, plus a dissertation.

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • Earned grade point average of 3.0 in accredited master’s degree program*
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Form or Letter of Reference
  • Current Résumé
  • Valid Florida Professional Teaching Certificate or an earned Master of Education
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within last five years**
  • Personal Interview

* If you do not have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your graduate degree, please submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.

** If you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your graduate degree, then you meet the requirements for a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) exemption.

Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation**
  • Bank Letter Verifying Funds of Sponsor***
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score****

** Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., Josef Silny, SpanTran, or World Education Services or another similar approved transcript evaluation agency.

*** A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.

**** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog
Course Number Course Name
EDU 7010 Educational Leadership and Theory
EDU 7020 Curriculum, Learning and Instruction
EDU 7030 Ethics in Educational Leadership
EDU 7040 Organizational Theory and Behavior
EDU 7050 Educational Politics, Policy and Current Issues
EDU 7060 K-12 Law and Governance
EDU 7070 Curriculum Analysis
EDU 7080 Finance and Resource Allocation
EDU 7090 Quantitative Analysis
EDU 7110 Educational Accountability and Student Assessment
EDU 7120 Qualitative Analysis I
EDU 7130 Policy Analysis, Implementation and Evaluation
EDU 7140 Dissertation (12 hours)

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.


Base Required Fees Cost
Tuition Per Credit Hour $500
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled $25 to $100

*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the program delivery?

Our program is taught on a unique hybrid model where a typical semester is comprised of one online class and one face-to-face class meeting on alternating Saturdays. This design is also based on a cohort model so the individuals in your online class will be the ones in the face-to-face class.

What are the hours of the Saturday classes?

Saturday classes are scheduled from 8:00AM – 5:00PM.

Is financial aid available?

Students seeking financial aid should complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility.

What is the cost of textbooks?

Textbook costs vary each semester, by course, and by professor.

How many classes is considered full time?

At the doctoral level, you are considered full time when you are enrolled in 8 credit hours.

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Program Contact

Tina Pagano

Admission Counselor and Advisor

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