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Education (Ed. D.) 2015-2016 Catalog Year

College of Education

Department of Leadership & Educational Technology
  • 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 will meet the need of educators in areas such as staff development, program coordination, and curriculum development and graduates will hold job titles such as Curricular 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 those educators who aspire to become agents of change and management within school districts as leaders among the ranks of principals and superintendents. Graduates of the EdD program (both concentrations) will also be prepared for careers in academe and within the management of professional organizations that value the organizational skills acquired through the program.

Program Admission Requirements

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Program Requirements

Core (18 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 and Global Studies in Education (3)

Internship (3 credits)
Select one based on concentration:
EDA 7940 Internship in Leadership (3)
EDG 7940 Internship in Curriculum & Instruction (3)

Research/Evaluation (15 credits)
EDF 7416 Quantitative Analysis (3)
EDF 7417 Advanced Quantitative Analysis (3)
EDF 7475 Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (3)
EDF 7943 Current Issues in Educational Assessment and Decision Making (3)
EDG 7367 Research Methods Seminar (3)

The following course may be required by a candidate's dissertation committee based on the focus and requirements of the dissertation. This would count as  an elective as listed below.
EDF 7204 Program Evaluation (3)

Cognate (9 credits)
Select coursework approved by the Dissertation Committee in accordance with candidate's area of interest and career goals in consultation with candidate's advisor.

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

Dissertation Prospectus/Proposal (3 credits)
EDG 7981 Dissertation Prospectus (1)*
EDG 7986 Dissertation Proposal (2)*

*Courses must be taken concurrently

Dissertation (18 credits minimum)
EDG 7980 Dissertation (1-12)
EDG 7989 Dissertation Seminar (3)**

**This optional 3 credit hour course may be taken (up to two times) cocurrently with a candidate's dissertation efforts.  These hours will be included in the 18 hr. dissertation requirement.

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

Curriculum & Instruction Concentration
EDG 7065 The Historical Perspective and Impact of Critical Literacies (3)
EDG 7286 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
EDG 7635 Curricular Perspectives on Exceptionalities(3)

Educational Leadership Concentration
EDA 7197 Current Issues in Education and Leadership (3)
EDA 7205 Applied Program Evaluation in Educational Leadership (3)
EDA 7235 Seminar in School Law (3)
EDA 7241 Economics of Education (3)
EDA 7281 Education Policy Analysis (3)

Candidates should work with their Dissertation Committee to determine the number of credit hours in which to enroll per semester.


Additional Graduation Requirements
  1. Successful completion of each course with a grade of B or better.
  2. Final GPA of 3.5 or better prior to taking qualifying exams, grades for the prospectus, proposal, project and dissertation credits will be Pass/Fail only.
  3. Successful completion of written qualifying examinations (See specific requirements below).
  4. Successful completion of a dissertation proposal and oral defense of the proposal.
  5. Successful completion of a dissertation and oral defense of the dissertation.
  6. Successful completion of the residency requirements.

Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

A maximum of 27 hours of graduate credits that have not been used as other degree requirements or other advanced program of study may be substituted, if appropriate, for requirements in the college major, concentration, research and evaluation, and cognate. Course substitutions are restricted by the following distribution, which must be completed at FGCU as part of the Ed.D. program of study:

  1. At least 15 hours in the core
  2. At least 6 hours in the concentration
  3. At least 9 hours in research and evaluation
  4. At least 3 hours in the cognate.

At least 57 hours must be taken at FGCU. No substitutions are permitted for the prospectus, proposal, or dissertation. Courses used in substitution must be no more than 7 years old upon admission. Candidates must graduate within 8 years of admission.   Waivers may be granted by the Post Master's Admissions and Policy Committee.

Progression Requirements

The goal of a residency is the enculturation of candidates into the work of the "academy". To enable candidates to assimilate some of the values and practices of university life, the following three criteria must be met: 

  1. Take the required coursework with the cohort during the course of one academic year, including successive fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  2. 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).
  3. Participate in a project approved by the advisor. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. Co-teach a class at FGCU with a faculty member.
    2. Supervise interns with the assistance of a faculty member.
    3. Assist a faculty member in developing or redesigning a course.
    4. Collaborate with a faculty member on a quantitative or qualitative research project, which could be part of a program evaluation.

Specific Requirements for Qualifying Examinations
Qualifying Examinations are administered to all candidates at the end of their content coursework, as a prerequisite to enrolling in dissertation credits. The examinations cover classes from the candidates' core, concentration, and research areas.  These exams determine whether candidates have an adequate command of knowledge in the field of study, and can organize, apply, and convey that knowledge in writing.  Successful completion of each question is required before candidates may be permitted to begin their dissertations.  Candidates who fail any question will have one additional opportunity to respond to a different question from that area of study.  If candidates fail the second administration of any question, they can be dismissed from the program at that time at the discretion of the Post Master's Admissions and Policy Committee.  If the candidates do not have an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree at that time, may apply to obtain the Ed.S. degree if those program requirements have been completed.

There is no guarantee that candidates will be successful in passing the qualifying exams and no guarantee candidates will be permitted to develop a dissertation prospectus, proposal and then complete dissertation credits.

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