Doctorate in Catholic Educational Leadership

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the standard School of Education application requirements, CEL applicants must submit the following:

  • Evidence of five years minimum Catholic school teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, or collegiate level, or deliberation by the CEL faculty to waive this prerequisite.

Degree Plan

The program leading to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares its students for effective leadership in Catholic education.

The curriculum is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore additional areas of interest, such as Learning and Instruction, International and Multicultural Education, Organization and Leadership, and Technology.

The doctoral program consists of 60 credits beyond the master’s degree and culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation.  Students will complete 60 credits of doctoral coursework that satisfy the following requirements: General Education core (12 credits), Major Specialization in Catholic Educational Leadership core (21 credits), Elective courses (15 credits), and Dissertation core (12 credits).

See all CEL course descriptions in the School of Education section of the USF General Catalog.

General Education Core | 12 Credits

  • GEDU 706 - Applied Educational Statistics
  • GEDU 708 - Research Methods in Education
  • One Foundation course selected in consultation with the student's advisor
  • One Advanced Research course selected in consultation with the student's advisor.

The section on General Education has more information on those requirements for doctoral students.

Major Specialization in Catholic Educational Leadership Core | 21 Credits

  • CEL 740 - History and Principles of Catholic Education
  • CEL 741 - Private School Law
  • CEL 742 - Moral Development
  • CEL 744 - Curriculum and Instructional Leadership in Catholic Schools
  • CEL 750 - Catholic Leadership and Educational Administration
  • CEL 651 - Business and Finance for Catholic Schools
  • CEL 753 - Personnel Leadership in Schools

Electives | 15 Credits

Elective courses may be drawn from other CEL courses not listed above, GEDU 725, and any other graduate program in the School of Education with the approval of the student’s doctoral advisor. Students who have completed the Master of Arts degree through the Catholic Educational Leadership Program may pursue a 12-credit block minor in another program within the School of Education.  Students should consult their advisor concerning the minor requirements.

Dissertation Development, Research and Writing | 12 Credits

  • CEL 700 - Introduction to Doctoral Research: Catholic School Education
  • CEL 709 - Dissertation Proposal Seminar
  • CEL 790 - Dissertation Proposal Development
  • CEL - Dissertation Research and Writing