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Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
501 Orr Drive
GEC-C Suite 124
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership Program

The Ph. D. program in Educational Leadership is a non-traditional program designed to ensure the academic success of qualified individuals interested in serving in rural and urban educational environments. The department admits a cohort of candidates in the fall semester (August) of each year. Candidates complete the course work in this full-time program in two years (6 semesters). Candidacy is attained upon passing the Comprehensive Examination and candidates may register for dissertation hours. Because of the developmental focus of the program, transfer credits are not accepted.

Graduates of the doctoral program pursue leadership career opportunities in educational settings; PK-20 institutions and organizations involved with local, state, and national education agendas. The program provides professionals with theoretical knowledge and practical understandings that enable them to be transformational leaders, effective change agents, and successful program managers, particularly in schools and agencies that serve the needs of minority and at-risk populations.

The Ph. D. program is based upon the cohort model with a constructivist philosophical foundation. Inter and intra personal development are program foci and immersion in cultural phenomena are emphasized. Attention to the development of the exemplary professional and scholar are important as evidenced in the emphasis placed upon theoretical content and research methods.