Education (Ed. D.)

College of Education
Department of Leadership & Educational Technology

2018-2019 Catalog Year

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is a post-master's program in education with two concentrations:

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Educational Leadership.

The concentration in Curriculum and Instruction meets the need of educators in areas such as staff development, program coordination, and curriculum development.  Graduates may hold job titles such as Curriculum Specialist, Director of Elementary Programs, Director of Secondary Programs and Reading Specialist, to name a few.

The concentration in Educational Leadership is intended to prepare students to work in educational or training divisions in businesses, healthcare, public service, Pre-K-12, or higher education. Ed.D. program (both concentrations) will also prepare graduates for careers in the management of professional organizations that value the organizational and leadership skills.

Program Admission Requirements

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Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Waivers to the following are subject to the approval in writing of the Doctoral Admissions and Policy Committee (DAPC).
  • A maximum of 27 hours of graduate credits that have not been used as other degree requirements or other programs of study may be substituted, upon the approval of the program director and if appropriate, for requirements in the concentration, research and evaluation, and cognate areas.
  • A minimum number of credit hours must be completed at FGCU as a part of candidate's programs of study:
    (a) At least 18 hours in the core
    (b) At least 6 hours in the concentration
    (c) At least 9 hours in research and evaluation,
    (d) At least 3 hours in the cognate.
  • Overall, at least 54 hours must be taken at FGCU. No substitutions are permitted for the dissertation hours (all dissertation hours must be completed at FGCU).
  • Courses used in substitution must be no more than 7 years old upon admission. Candidates must graduate within 8 years of admission.
  • Each candidate must complete a residency requirement as a part of his or her program of study.  The goal of a residency is to enculturate candidates into the work of the academy. The following three criteria must be met: Candidates must:
    (a) Take the required coursework with the cohort during the course of one academic year, including successive fall, spring, and summer semesters.
    (b) Submit a proposal to present at an international, national, state, or regional professional conference under the guidance of an advisor. If the proposal is accepted, the candidate is expected to present the paper.
    (c) Participate in a project approved by the advisor; examples include, but are not limited to the following: co-teach a class at FGCU with a faculty member, supervise interns with the assistance of a faculty member, assist a faculty member in developing or redesigning a course, or collaborate with a faculty member on a quantitative or qualitative research project, which could be part of a program evaluation.
  • Sucessful completion of each course with a grade of B or better.
  • Accumulated GPA of 3.5 or better prior to taking qualifying exam.  Grades for all dissertation and internship courses will be graded Pass/Fail only.
  • A qualifying examination is administered to all candidates at the end of their content coursework, as a prerequisite to enrolling in dissertation credits. Candidates must be matriculated in at least one credit hour of coursework during the semester in which the exam is administered. This exam determines whether candidates have an adequate command of knowledge in the field of study, and can organize, apply, and convey that knowledge in writing.  Candidates who fail the exam will have one additional opportunity to retake it. If candidates fail the second administration, they can be dismissed from the program at that time at the discretion of the Doctoral Admissions and Policy Committee (DAPC). There is no guarantee that candidates will be successful in passing the qualifying exam and no guarantee candidates will be permitted to develop a dissertation unless all of the above requirements are met.

Program Requirements

Core (21 credits)
EDA 7066 Organizational Leadership (3)
EDA 7193 Instructional Leadership (3)
EDG 7221 Curriculum Theory (3)
EDG 7325 Multiple Pedagogies (3)
EDG 7362 Advanced Learning Theory (3)
EDG 7707 Diversity & Global Stud in Ed (3)
EDG 7017 Reading & Writing for Research (3)

Internship (3 credits)
EDA 7940 Internship in Leadership (3)
EDG 7940 Internship in Curr and Instr (3)

Research/Evaluation (15 credits)
EDA 7205 Applied Prog Eval Edu Ldrshp (3)
EDF 7416 Quantitative Analysis (3)
EDF 7475 Qualitative Rsrch Desg & Anls (3)
EDF 7943 Cur Iss Ed Assess Dec Making (3)
EDG 7367 Research Methods Seminar (3)

Cognate (9 credits)
Selection of coursework approved by one's advisor in accordance with candidate's area of interest and career goals.

Electives (6 credits)
Courses are selected from Concentration, Research/Evaluation, and/or Cognate areas based on candidate's need and in consultation with his or her advisor.

Dissertation (18 credits minimum)
EDG 7980 Dissertation (max. 1-12 per term)

Concentration (9 credits)
Select nine (9) credits in consultation with one's academic advisor from one of the following concentrations:

Curriculum & Instruction Concentration
EDG 7065 Hist Persp Crit Literacies (3)
EDG 7286 Curriculum Design Evaluation (3)
EDG 7635 Curr Persp Exceptionalities (3)

Educational Leadership Concentration
EDA 7197 Current Issues Educ & Ldshp (3)
EDA 7235 Seminar in School Law (3)
EDA 7241 Economics of Education (3)
EDA 7281 Education Policy Analysis (3)

Doctoral "candidates" (i.e., those who have successfully completed their qualifying examinations) should work with their Dissertation Committee to determine the number of dissertation credit hours to enroll in each semester.


The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 4/22/2019.