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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program 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

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: ---
Spring: ---
Summer: January 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. program requires a commitment to utilizing rigorous inquiry, applying excellence in research methods, and developing exceptional policy writing skills. The program faculty will consider each applicant within the context defined by personal and professional qualifications.

Applicants must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. 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
  • 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 Denise Montgomery ( 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:
  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts;
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Educational Leadership Core Requirements 12 hours
EDA 7197 Critical Readings and Discourses in Educational Leadership 3
EEX 7743 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
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 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.
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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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to 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: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


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,