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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program at Northcentral University is designed to give students the chance to study the practice of leadership in the educational environment. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students applying to this program who already hold a master's degree should meet the basis of admission. Previous experience or coursework in management or leadership may be helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program at Northcentral University is designed to give students the chance to learn about the unique aspects of leadership in educational institutions. The program core includes coursework in research strategy, methodology, and design. Scholarly writing is also covered. The educational leadership focused courses emphasizes supervision, decision-making, organizational leadership, and diversity in schools. This program also requires students to complete original research as part of a doctoral dissertation.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

Minimum of 54 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program

Foundation Requirements

  • EDU 8000 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 8001 - Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • ED 7030 - Development of Organizational Leadership
  • ED 7012 - Educational Leadership
  • ED 7016 - Supervision and Leadership in Schools
  • EDL 8335 - Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Educational Leadership
  • EDL 7025 - Educational Policy, Leadership, and Research
  • ED 7008 - Educating a Diversity of Learners
  • EDR 8200 - Scholarly Literature Review
  • EDR 8203 - Research Methods
  • EDR 8201 - Statistics I
  • Students choose one:
    • EDR 8204 - Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
    • EDR 8205 - Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • EDL 7040 - Leadership in Instructional Technology

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9700E: Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

This Northcentral University program gives students the chance to develop research, communications, and leadership skills. These skills may prepare students to seek a variety of positions in the education field. Possible positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Department head
  • Dean
  • Principal
  • Superintendent