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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Educational Program Development (EPD)
with a Concentration in Adult Education (EAE)

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 54

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

Program Director or Coordinator:
Suzanne Kirkman
Phone: 813-974-1972


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The Doctor of Education degree is available in Educational Leadership and in Educational Program Development with concentrations/ specializations in Adult Education, Educational Leadership (K-12 and College Leadership), Elementary Education, Educational Innovation, and Special Education Administration and Supervision. The focus of this degree program is on the improvement of educational practice. Although research skills are recognized as being the basis of any doctoral program, the Ed.D. is considered more a practitioners than a research degree. Currently, the degree in Special Education with a concentration in Administration and Supervision is closed to new admissions.

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: February 15
Spring: October 15
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: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 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 requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below. Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact department.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 in upper level division undergraduate coursework or grade point average of 3.50 at the master's level.
  • Three letters of recommendation to be submitted directly to the program. These must be from professional sources, and, if possible, should include at least one reference from a USF faculty member.
  • Favorable recommendations from program faculty.
  • A masters degree from an accredited university in education, a related professional field, or a specialization for which the student plans to develop educational programming.
  • An optional personal interview with the program faculty if the applicant has no previous relationship with the faculty.
  • Evidence of two years of successful professional experience in education or an education-related setting.
  • A personal statement indicating reasons for applying for the program, pertinent personal and professional qualities and dispositions, and training, experience, and credentials relevant to the pursuit of the Ed.D.

For international applicants
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the U.S. must, according to university policy, submit a TOEFL score (minimum of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 80 internet-based test). See the Office of Graduate Studies website for further clarification and possible exemptions. Please check with program regarding the policy on evaluation of transcripts. For more information, please visit

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 54 credit hours post-masters
Core 3 hours
Statistics/Measurement/Research Design/Applied Research 9 hours minimum
Psychological and Social Foundations 3 hours minimum
Concentration 15 hours minimum
Electives 15 hours minimum
Dissertation 9 hours minimum

Core Requirement - 3 hours
EDG 7069 (3) Sustainable Innovation in Education

Statistics/Measurement/Research Design/Applied Research 9 hours minimum
Selection of three quantitative, qualitative, applied, or action research courses chosen in consultation with advisor.
EDF7408 (4) Statistical Analysis for Educational Research II

EDF7410 (4) Design of Systematic Studies in Education
EDF7438 (4) Advanced Educational Measurement I
EDF7484 (4) Statistical Analysis for Educational Research III
EDF7493 (4) Systems Approaches for Program Planning, Evaluation and Development
EDF7477 (4) Qualitative Research in Education Part I
EDF7478 (4) Qualitatiave Research in Education Part II

Psychological and Social Foundations Requirement - 3 hours
Course focused on equity, diversity and social justice chosen in consultation with advisor.

EDF7145 (4) Cognitiv e Issues in Instruction
EDF7655 (4) Organization Development in Educational Institutions

EDF6883 (4) Issues in Multicultural Education
EDF7934 (4) Seminar in Social Foundations of Education
EDF6938 (3) History of Higher Education in the United States

Concentration 15 hours minimuim
Students select from the following concentrations:

Offered from the Department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE)
Prepares leaders for adult, continuing education, and human resource development positions in a variety of employment settings. The program is designed to develop the competencies of educational practitioners and to obtain and synthesize knowledge for the solution of educational problems and practices.

Concentration Requirements:
Students select 15 credit hours from the following, or other graduate course as approved by the Graduate Program Director. For those who have not earned a masters degree in adult education, the continuing education and human resource development specialization is the only specialization choice available.

Continuing Education and Human Resource Development Specialization
ADE 6198 (3) Effective Continuing Education for Professional Groups
ADE 7076 (3) Continuing Education in the Community College and Higher Ed.
ADE 7676 (3) Human Resource Development Policy Seminar

Career and Workforce Development Specialization
ECT 7066 (3) Foundations and Philosophy of Vocational-Technical Education
ECW 7105 (3) Vocational and Adult Ed. Program Planning and Implementation
ECT 6661 (3) Trends and Issues in Career and Technical Education

Community College and Higher Education Specialization
EDH 6051 (3) Higher Education in America

EDH 6061 (3) The Community College in America
EDH 7225 (3) Curriculum Development in Higher Education
EDH 7636 (3) Organizational Theory and Practice in Higher Education
EDH 6081 (3) The Community College in Higher Education

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:

ADE6080, ADE6385, EDF6407, ADE7930, ADE7388, EVT7761, ADE7947, ADE6198, ADE7076, ADE7676, ECT7066, ECW7105, ECT6661, EDH6051, EDH6061, EDH7225, EDH7636, EDH6081, EDG7667, EDG7692, EDH7225, EVT7169, EDF7408, EDF7410, EDF7438, EDF7484, EDF7493, EDF7477, EDF7478, EDF7145, EDF7655, EDF6883,