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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


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): 57
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 57

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:
Zorka Karanxha
Phone: 813-974-6040
Email: karanxha@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 program is designed for those individuals who intend to build an academic career focused on conducting research and analysis in the multidisciplinary field of educational leadership and policy studies, or who wish to build an administrative career focused on innovative and inquiry-based leadership. Accordingly, this program will prepare individuals for careers in K-12 education systems, research universities and teaching colleges, as well as private, non-profit, state, federal, or international educational agencies.

Individual students will work alongside distinguished faculty with expertise in multiple fields including: ethical leadership, curriculum and pedagogy, politics of education, education law, organizational theory, equitable education reform, school accountability and choice policies, and anti-oppressive education. The program is designed to provide students exposure to research and academic discourses in organizational leadership, curriculum leadership, and policy leadership in education. In addition, students will gain knowledge around research methodologies and a specialized cognate area of study.

Students in this degree program will design an individualized program of study that reflects their specific research interests. This will prepare students to conduct and apply high quality research to practice, write and present scholarly papers at professional conferences, and submit research articles for publication in education journals.

Initial advising, from inquiry about the program through the first year of coursework, is provided by the Doctoral Program Coordinator. By the completion of the second year of study, students will select a major professor who will assist them with planning their remaing course of study. By the end of the third year, students will assemble an advisory committee consisting of the major professor and at least three other members. This committee guides the student through the dissertation process, including the qualifying examination, dissertation proposal, and dissertation defense.

NOTE: The Ph.D. degree program is not an initial certification or licensure program. Students seeking Florida Level 1 Educational Leadership Certification need to refer to the M.Ed. degree program or consult with the Ph.D. Program Coordinator to complete a modified program with additional coursework from the Education Leadership Praxis and Field Experiences Requirements (15 credits) in the M.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership, in addition to the Ph.D. requirements.

For further information, please see http://www.usf.edu/education/areas-of-study/educational-leadership-policy/

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.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Educational Leadership occurs one time each year in the fall semester. Admission is based on a comprehensive evaluation of each applicant's demonstrated academic potential to successfully complete all of the degree requirements. Success in the Ph.D. degree program requires students to deeply engage in an area of inquiry, apply excellence in research methods, and develop exceptional writing skills. The program faculty will consider each applicant entirely within the context defined by her or his personal and professional qualifications. Applicants meeting the set of initial criteria will be asked to participate in an interview conducted by faculty and complete a timed writing sample that will be scheduled to occur before or after the interview.

Applicants should have:

  • An earned master's from an accredited institution of higher education
  • An earned grade point average of 3.50 in the master's degree and an earned undergraduate grade point average of 3.00) in the last half of the bachelor's degree
  • An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) received within the last five years. A combined score greater than 300 with no Quantitative or Verbal sub-test score below 150 is preferred (48th percentile Verbal; 38th percentile Quantitative).

Applicants should submit:

  • A letter of intent outlining experiences and goals (3 page maximum);
  • A current resume;
  • 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 admissionIn 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).

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 57 hours

Core Knowledge 12 hours
Major Knowledge 15 hours
Minor Knowledge 9 hours
Research Methods 15 hours
Dissertation - 6 hours minimum

Core Knowledge Requirements: 12 hours
EDG 7067Philosophies of Inquiry3
EDA 7191Leadership in Education: Theory & Inquiry3
EDA 7280Curriculum Theory3
EDA 7287Educational Politics and Policy: Theory & Issues3Major Knowledge Requirements: 15 hours
EDA 6195Policy Development3
EDA 7215Educational Politics & Engagement of Communities3
EDA 7281Policy Analysis and Implementation Strategies for Education Leaders3
EDG 7931Special Topics in Policy Leadership3
EDG 7207 Transforming the Curriculum3
EDG 7667Analysis of Curriculum and Instruction3
EDA 7692Issues in Curriculum and Instruction3
EDG 7931Special Topics Seminar in Curriculum Leadership3
EDA 7069 Ethics and Educational Leadership3
EDA 7193Organizational Leadership & Systems Theory3
EDA 7206 Appreciative Inquiry and Organizing in Public Education3
EDA 7233 Legal Dimensions of School Administration 3
EDG 7931Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership3
EDG 7936Graduate Seminar: Leader-Scholar Community3
Note: Students cannot use more than 2 Special Topics Seminars to fulfill Major Knowledge Requirements.

Minor Knowledge Requirements: 9 hours
Elective 13
Elective 23
Elective 33
Note: In consultation with the program coordinator or major professor, students will select a minimum of three (3) 7000-level or 6000-level courses to be taken outside of the Educational Leadership Program area. Students are expected to support the development of their research interest through the courses taken to fulfill the Minor Knowledge Requirements.

Research Methods Requirements: 15 hours
EDF 6407 Statistical Analysis Education I (or equivalent) 3-4
EDF 7477Qualitative Research in Education I (or equivalent)3-4
Elective 13-4
Elective 23-4
Elective 33-4

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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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,