Educational Leadership - Doctor of Education (Ed. D.)

With an explicit focus on transformative leadership, FSU’s Ed. D. in Educational Leadership is uniquely designed to prepare and empower leaders to address the most pressing challenges in PK-12 and Higher Education.

This Doctorate in Education program admits a cohort of 20 students per year and is geared towards mid to senior level administrators in PK-12 and Higher Education.  Courses are offered through a hybrid model that includes online, evening, and weekend classes. This system allows students to work full time while achieving their degree. The doctoral program culminates in a dissertation that addresses a problem of practice. 

EdD Program at a Glance 

Admission Term: Fall
Credit Hours: 60 credit hours beyond the Master's  
Concentrations: PK-12 Education and Higher Education
Course Delivery:
Hybrid--online, evenings, and weekends
Cohort Size: 20 students
Application Deadline: April 1st, 2019

Emphasis on Transformative Leadership

The program's focus on transformative leadership will prepare you to address some of the most pressing challenges in PK-12 and Higher Education.

Transformative leadership emphasizes change through collaboration and creativity. Leaders who embrace this theory become reflective scholars and practitioners who find unique ways to reform schools and universities. They learn to transform educational organizations so that all students can experience inclusive, equitable, and high achievement learning environments.  

Preparing Educational Leaders

The Ed. D. in Educational Leadership Program is designed to:

  • Produce transformative leaders who can create a new educational paradigm.
  • Combine theory with practice to provide candidates with a detailed understanding of the complex issues impacting education and student achievement.
  • Prepare leaders to successfully transform current educational settings into inclusive and equitable learning environments.
  • Address the crisis of educating historically underserved diverse communities using transformative leadership.

Concentrations:  

  • PK-12-prepares you for leadership in education and policy-related settings including elementary and secondary public, charter and independent schools, district-level offices, research organizations, government agencies, professional associations, and consulting firms.
  • Higher Education-prepares you for leadership in higher education and policy-related settings including colleges and universities, government agencies, professional associations, research and consulting firms, among other learning organizations.

Forms

Forms 


Dissertation Committee
Dissertation Advisory Committee Membership 
Graduate Faculty Criteria 
Graduate Faculty Application 

Proposal Defense
Dissertation Proposal Approval

Dissertation Defense
Dissertation Oral Defense Scheduling (forms must be submitted 10 business days before requested defense date)
Dissertation Oral Defense Results 

Dissertation Submission 
Dissertation Approval Form

Current Candidates
2020 - 2021 Ed.D. Defense Timeline

August 2020

18th     Faculty emails potential Fall 2020 graduates
25th     Preferred deadling for submitting names for potential Fall 2020 defenses

September 2020

7th        Labor Day - University Closed  
8th      Convocation
9th       Meeting for Fall Candidates
21st     Dissertation Defenses begin

October 2020

30th     Dissertation Defenses end
31st     Homecoming

November 2020

2nd       Last day for faculty to submit disseration oral defense form. Students make final revisions to the dissertation.    
11th      Veteran's Day - University Closed
13th      Last day of class
16th      Last day to submit copies (4) to the Department of Educational Leadership with Dissertation Approval Form
19th      Dissertations to library/online submission
20th      Final exams ends for all students
30th      Final grades due for all students as well as incompletes from Spring/Summer 2020

January 2021

13th      Faculty emails potential Spring graduates
22nd      Deadline for submitting names of potential Spring graduates

February 2021

1st       First day of class/late registration begins
10th     Student meeting for Spring graduates
22nd     Dissertation Defenses begin

March 2021

31st      Dissertation Defenses end

April 2021

2nd       Good Friday - University Open
6th        Founder's Day
7th        Last day for faculty to submit dissertation oral defense form. Students make final revisions to the dissertation
27th      Last day to submit copies (4) to the Deparment of Educational Leadership with Dissertation Approval Form
29th      Dissertations to library/online submission

May 2021

3rd       Finals begin for Graduate and Doctoral graduating students
7th       Finals end for Graduate and Doctoral graduating students
11th     Grades due for Graduate/Doctoral graduating students by 5pm
12th     Clearance forms due for Graduate/Doctoral graduating students at 12:00 pm
13th     Commencement rehearsal for Graduate/Doctoral Students
14th     Graduate/Doctoral Commencement

Dissertation Manual