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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Program Development, Ed.D.

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:

Minimum Total Hours: 54 post-master’s
Level: Doctoral
CIP Code: 13.0301
Dept. Code: CNI
Major/College Codes: EPD ED
Approved 1991


Educational Innovation (EIN)
Elementary Education (EEE)

Note – not all concentrations are available every semester. Prior to submitting the admission application, check with the Graduate Director to confirm if the concentration of interest is available.

This major shares core requirements with the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Contact Information

College: Education

  • Teaching and Learning

Contact Information:
Refer to individual concentrations for Contact Information.

The Doctor of Education degree is available in Educational Program Development with concentrations Educational Innovation and Elementary Education. 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 practitioner’s than a research degree.

Admission Information

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

  • 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 master’s degree from an accredited university in education, a related professional field, or a specialization for which the student plans to develop educational programming or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
  • 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 doctorate.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 54 credit hours post-master’s

Shared Core Requirements – 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

Shared Core Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

Statistics/Measurement/Research Design/Applied Research (9 Credit Hours Minimum)

Selection of three quantitative, qualitative, applied, or action research courses chosen in consultation with advisor.

Psychological and Social Foundations Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Course focused on equity, diversity and social justice chosen in consultation with advisor.

Concentration Requirements (15 Credit Hours Minimuim)

Students select from the following concentrations:

Educational Innovation (EIN)

The aim of the Concentration is to foster the development of effective and judicious innovators with the capacity to plan, develop, evaluate, and revise educational improvement efforts in their institutional settings.

Students complete 15 credit hours from the following, or other graduate course as approved by the Graduate Director.

Elementary Education (EEE)

Not currently available.


Electives (15 Credit Hours Minimum)

At least four additional 6000 or 7000 level courses selected in consultation with advisor.


Recommended courses:

Doctoral Qualifying Exam

Students complete one of three options near the completion of coursework.  The options are:

  • Literature Review
  • Portfolio
  • Analytical Paper/Essay

Dissertation (9 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students must be admitted to doctoral candidacy before they are permitted to enroll in dissertation hours.

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