Florida State University



Name of CPED-Influenced EdD Program: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Key Contact Person:
Carolyn Herrington, PhD
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Program Description: 

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and in Higher Education is designed to (1) support mid- career practitioners working in various executive or administrative roles within school districts, state agencies, community-based organizations, international agencies and within higher education including community colleges, state colleges or research universities and to (2) develop the analytical and research skills to address problems of practice.

Most of the courses are available online with the initial summer courses offered via a blend of online and face-to-face classes.  Upon completion of coursework, participants will embark on a capstone project designed to improve the practice of education, affect policy change and implementation, or contribute to the international community.  A foundational belief of the program is that education and policy are integrally connected in both domestic and international settings. The program is practice-oriented and facilitated through problem-based modes of inquiry. The program participants are required to develop and defend a capstone project in one of three areas: a completed action research, program analysis, or program evaluation study that informs the workplace or larger community.  Completion of the program is three (3) years.

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Course List


After the prospectus is approved, the student may begin the independent research that will culminate in the dissertation. To conform to dissertation requirements set by the University, the student should obtain a
copy of Guidelines and Requirements for Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Writers at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. Students will initially submit the final draft of the dissertation to the major professor for review. After the review by the major professor, the student will be advised on when to
distribute copies of the manuscript to the supervisory committee and how to schedule the date, time, and place of the defense.

The defense of the dissertation will be oral, and the examination must be completed at least 4 weeks prior to the date on which the degree is to be conferred. Revisions to the final dissertation must be completed
before submission to the Graduate School which often requires an earlier defense date.

Academic courtesy requires that the draft of the dissertation be submitted to each member of the supervisory committee at least 4 weeks before the date of the oral examination. The supervisory committee conducts the examination. At least 2 weeks prior to the date of the examination, the student and major professor will present an announcement of the dissertation title and the date and place of the examination to the FSU Graduate School. A written critique of the conduct of the examination in defense of dissertation should be submitted by the outside committee member from the graduate faculty to the appropriate academic dean and the Dean of Graduate Studies within one week after the date of defense. After approval by the oral examination committee, the student should submit the final manuscript electronically to the manuscript clearance adviser. 

Admission Requirements: 

The EdD program is highly selective, and meeting minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Factors which are relevant to the admissions decision include, but are not limited to, management and leadership experience in higher education, high motivation to achieve personal and
professional goals consistent with the program's mission, and evidence of outstanding written and oral communication skills. In order to be admitted to the Graduate School, potential students must submit the following items with the application.
•GRE scores (minimum 40% verbal, 31% quantitative, and 30% analytical writing)
•If an international student, or student whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score
•Undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. 
•Three letters of recommendation
•Writing Sample (e.g. a paper submitted for coursework or a technical report)
•Letter of Intent

General Information:

Program Delivery: Hybrid
Number of credits in the program (beyond the Masters): 69 credit hours
Length of Program: Less than 4 years
Admissions Cycle: Admissions for Summer 2015 close on March 1, 2015.


Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
Headquartered @ The University of Pittsburgh School of Education
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