Administration and Leadership Studies, Ed.D.

Do you want to become a school or district administrator? Do you want to be a training program manager for the military or a large corporation? If so, Administration and Leadership Studies may be the right choice for you!

Administration and Leadership Studies, Ed.D.

Program Description

As every administrator knows, the byword of the 21st century is change. Newer and better technologies are constantly being developed. The political and economic environment are in constant flux. The goal of the Administrative and Leadership Studies program is to provide students in administrative or leadership positions in public and/or private educational organizations with the advanced knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of educational administration and to empower them as managers and facilitators of change.

Professional Core

The 27 semester hours in the professional core required for an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction will provide you the foundational knowledge for managing the education and training of present and future workforce personnel. Included in the professional core is a course in statistics, a critical skill for data-based decision making. You will also study the psychological and philosophical foundations of education, examine critical issues in education, explore issues surrounding the integration of technology in education, and learn how to conduct educational research.

Administration and Leadership Studies

In addition to the professional core, you will take 18 semester hours in Educational Administration courses. Your academic advisor will help you to develop an individualized course of instruction focusing on some combination of the following areas: (a) administrative and social politics, (b) personnel and organizational theory; (c) diversity and leadership skills, (d) financial management, (e) changes in the policies and laws governing educational settings, and (f) strategic planning.


The final step in achieving your doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Technology involves planning, conducting, and documenting a research study focused on an issue related to your specialization for your dissertation. The dissertation process is a major effort involving 18 semester hours, during which time you will work independently under the guidance of your dissertation committee.

Department Contact

Dr. Mark Malisa
Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Research and Administration

Catalog Description

Specialization Student Learning Outcomes

Specialization SLOs must address each of the following five domains:


Design and evaluate curriculum and instructional practices and theories for use in real-world situations.

Evaluate the knowledge base related to administrative studies within multiple administrative fields, especially social and educational agencies, psychometry and testing organizations, military arenas, and related administrative studies areas focused in theory and practice in application and research.

Apply content and practices central to the areas of administrative studies within the context of multiple organizations and agencies and relative to real-world situations.

Synthesize the knowledge base to develop theoretical and conceptual framework for administrative studies roles specifically related to multiple types of educational and social organizations, military arenas, and agencies.

Critical Thinking

Evaluate educational, organizational, or public policy in real-world situations.

Create curriculum and instruction frameworks or protocols for real-world situations


Communicate research findings in oral and written form.

Use technology to communicate with public, peers, students, researchers, and supervisors.

Present research and application findings.


Engage in behavior that illustrates compliance with professional ethics.

Design and conduct research projects that are based upon a theoretical and philosophical framework.

Propagate research ethics and integrity in the workplace.

Project Management

Conduct applied research projects that reflect real-world needs.

Develop strategies to manage educational and organizational change.

Execute project management strategies and efforts indicative of executive decision-making efforts.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirementsdescribed in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official test scores - GRE, MAT or GMAT* 
• Master's GPA (A master’s GPA below 3.5 requires competitive GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores)
• Submission of a resume 
• Submission of three professional reference forms where at least two references are able to speak to your academic work, writing skills and sustainability for rigorous doctoral academic work. (Professional Reference Form)
• Overall fit with the program 
• Submission of letter of intent responding to the following questions/prompts:

a. What personal and professional goals do you hope to meet through earning a doctorate, and why do you think the UWF Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction is a good fit for your goals?

b. What special knowledge, skills, and experiences would you bring to the chosen specialization and how are these aligned with the mission of the doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction as a whole? If you have had experiences that may have affected your academic performance, please provide explanatory context.

c. Be careful to clearly articulate how your skill set and experiences align with goals of the selected specialization, and show how these will impact your career trajectory.

Note: Your responses to the three questions should not be less than six double spaced pages, 12 fonts size Times New Roman.

* Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.

Application Deadlines

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Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.

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