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Doctoral Programs

The USF School of Education offers doctoral programs (Ed.D.) designed for full-time working professionals. Each doctoral program is comprised of 60 credits.

During the fall and spring semesters, courses are taught some weekday evenings, Friday evenings and on Saturdays, following a Teaching Weekend Schedule. Students may accelerate their programs by taking course offerings during intersession (January) and summer sessions (intersession and summer courses may be offered day and/or evening; weekdays or weekends).

Three departments in the School of Education offer doctoral programs.

Each doctoral degree option is listed here under the heading of the department in which it is offered. For more information about each program, click the name of the doctoral program.

International and Multicultural Education Department

Department of Leadership Studies

Learning and Instruction


3 Phases of the Doctoral Program

  1. Portfolio
    The initial admission to a School of Education doctoral program is a preliminary decision. During their first year, students develop a portfolio in order to demonstrate competence in research methodology and department-specific content. Completion of portfolio requirements is necessary for final admission into a doctoral program.
  2. Coursework
    After the portfolio process is completed, students continue to complete:
    • all required general education courses,
    • courses required by their specific department, and
    • continue to plan out the rest of their coursework in consultation with a faculty advisor, while considering potential topics for research.
  3. Dissertation
    The dissertation, which is undertaken after completion of most of the coursework, is a demonstration of the doctoral candidate's ability to bring theoretical and practical knowledge to the solutions relevant to each degree.

See a selected list of School of Education Student Dissertations and a Doctoral Student Profile developed by our School of Education faculty.