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Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of how to direct education-centered programs and institutions in order maximize instructional effectiveness. Read more about this Northcentral University doctoral degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in applying to this program may be nonprofit education directors, school administrators, or educators. Training in such areas as management, human resources, community relations, and data analysis could prove helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Learners enrolled in this doctoral degree program have the chance to examine strategies for developing educational programs and championing positive change in the field. The program is designed to teach participants methods for developing and implementing innovative curricula. Learners will also have the chance to learn to assess the learning outcomes from implementing said curricula. One of the intended focuses of the program is to examine strategies for stimulating erudition. In addition, participants will have the chance to learn the importance of building alliances with interested parties in order to gain organizational support. The program is also designed to cover topics specific to faculty development.

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Program Length/Total Credits Required:

This doctoral degree program may be completed in 54 credits. However, if students need additional time to complete dissertation research, they make take up to a total of 66 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 Instructional Leadership:

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

Doctor of Education Foundation Courses (24 credits)

  • EDU 8000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 8001: Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • EDR 8200: Scholarly Literature Review
  • EDR 8203: Research Methods
  • EDR 8201: Statistics I
  • EDR 8204: Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
  • EDR 8205: Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • One additional Specialization or Elective Course

Instructional Leadership Specialization Courses (15 credits)

Students select five courses from the following list:

  • IL 7000: The Culture of Learning
  • IL 7001: Leader as Advocate and Decision Maker
  • IL 7002: Leader as Community Advocate
  • ED 7014: Practices in School Organization
  • ED 7016: Supervision and Leadership in Schools
  • ED 7035: Curriculum Supervision
  • ED 7030: Development of Organizational Leadership
  • ED 7036: Innovation for Change

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:

After earning a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership degree, graduates already employed as faculty or instructional directors may be able to take on advanced workplace duties. Opportunities could be sought in K-12 schools, at regional administrative levels, or in postsecondary instructional institutions. Careers could also be found with government departments or civic organizations.

Job titles that graduates of this Northcentral University program could be able to pursue might include:

  • District education official
  • School principal
  • Education professor

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