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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Educational Leadership (EAS)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0401
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 93
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 63

Contact Information:
College of Education
Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE) Department (LCA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
William Black
Phone: 813-974-6097
Email: wrblack@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/edlead/doctorate.html


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List


Major Information

The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership degree is designed for those individuals who intend to build an academic career focused on conducting research in the multidisciplinary field of education; or, an administrative career focused on innovative and inquiry-based leadership. Accordingly, this program will prepare individuals for careers in research universities and teaching colleges; private, non-profit, state, federal, or international educational agencies; or analyzing K-12 education systems. Individual students will work alongside a collection of highly-regarded educational leadership faculty with expertise in multiple arenas including: school accountability, curriculum and pedagogy, education law, educational leadership, organization theory, politics of education, economics of education, and education reform. Once admitted into the program, students will be engaged in coursework organized around curriculum, leadership, and policy studies; and, will be matched with a faculty advisor whose research interests are congruent with the students. Ultimately, each student will design a unique, policy-based study that reflects specific research interests and prepares them to conduct, evaluate, and utilize high-quality research; write and present scholarly papers at professional conferences; and submit research articles for publication in education journals. For further information, please see http://www.usf.edu/education/academics/departments.aspx.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: ---
Spring: ---
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Educational Leadership occurs each spring and is based on a holistic evaluation of each applicants’ demonstrated academic potential to complete all of the degree requirements successfully. Success in the Ph.D. degree program requires a commitment to utilizing rigorous inquiry, applying excellence in research methods, and developing exceptional policy writing skills. The graduate faculty will consider each applicant within the context defined by personal and professional qualifications.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission to the Ph.D. degree program is based on a holistic evaluation of each applicant’s demonstrated academic potential to complete all of the degree requirements successfully. Applicants meeting a set of initial criteria will be asked to submit a writing sample and may be asked to complete an oral interview. Preferred applicants should:

  • Have earned a Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education Or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
  • Have earned an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (B) in the last half of the baccalaureate or a grade point average of 3.50 in the master’s degree;
  • Have an official GRE score with a preferred score greater than 300 (new scoring) taken within the last five years with no Quantitative or Verbal sub-test score below 150;
  • Submit a letter of intent (statement outlining experiences and goals-3 page maximum);
  • Submit a current resume;
  • Submit three letters of professional reference, each enclosed in a sealed envelope and signed across the flap by the recommender or emailed by recommender to Lisa Adkins (lisaadkins@usf.edu). Please ask references to include your name and “letter of reference” in subject line when emailing the letter.

International Students
All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
  • Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

TOTAL MINIMUM HOURS 63
Educational Leadership Core Requirements 12 hours
EDA 7197 Critical Readings and Discourses in Educational Leadership 3
EDG 7067 Philosophies of Inquiry3
EDA 7069Ethics in Educational Leadership3
EDA 7205Educational Politics and Policy: Theory & Issues3
 
Educational Leadership Knowledge Requirements 18 hours
EDA 7193Organizational Leadership & Systems Theory 3
EDA 7233 Legal Dimensions of School Administration 3
EDA 7281Policy Analysis and Implentation3
EDA 7280Curriculum Theory3
EDA 7692Issues in Curriculum3
And either
EDA 7667Curriculum Analysis3
Or
EDA 7247Advanced School Finance3
 
Educational Leadership Specialization Requirements12 hours
Note: A minimum of four (4) courses must be taken at 7000-level, or 6000-level courses requiring advanced graduate standing from outside the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.
 
Educational Leadership Methods Courses5 hours
EDF 7410Qualitative Case Methods (or equivalent)4
EDF 7478Qualitative Research in Education II (or equivalent)4
EDF 6407 Statistical Analysis Education I (or equivalent) 4
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis Education II (or equivalent) 4
Note: A minimum of five (5) advanced qualitative or quantitative methods graduate-level courses must be taken. Two courses must be qualitatively oriented; and two courses must be quantitatively oriented. The final methods course is chosen in conjunction with individual program committees.
 
Dissertation 6 hours
EDG 7980 Dissertation: Doctoral 
 
Required Examinations
A qualifying examination is required prior to admission to candidacy. Upon approval of major professor, the qualifying examination can be scheduled after a candidate has completed a minimum of 48 credit hours of all required coursework.
 
Residency
There is no on-campus residency requirement for the Ph.D.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDH6081, EDH6051, EDH7225, EDH7636, EDH6938, EDH6947, EDH7505, EDH7632, EDH7633, EDH7635, EDH7935, EDH7910, ADE6385, EDG7931, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, EDH7980, EDF7359,