Doctor - Education: Educational Leadership

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Do you have current experience in the field of education and an interest in assuming a leadership role within a learning institution or system? If so, then you might develop the administrative and management skills needed to fulfill this career goal when you become a student of Northcentral University's Doctor Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership. Continue reading for more information about this online doctoral degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Northcentral University's Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn management techniques and leadership methods in areas of school supervision, policy development, budgeting, and educational legislation. Specialization courses address leadership theories, strategies for teaching reading and writing, cultural diversity in education, school financial management, change management and reform practices, organizational leadership, and instruction assessment methods. The program's foundational courses cover research methods and statistics. An extensive dissertation process will allow you to research and analyze a specific topic in education.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should possess a master's degree and have a professional background in education before enrolling in Northcentral University's Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership program. Strong organizational, communication, and decision making skills are also important.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership program requires the completion of 54 credits. Coursework is taken in a specific sequence as shown below.

Required Basic Foundation Courses for a Ed.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership

Course NumberCourse Title
EDU 7101-8Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 7001-8Advanced Scholarly Writing
EDU 7002-8Educational Research Methodology
Specialization Course 1
EDU 7003-8Statistics I
Specialization Course 2
Specialization Course 3
Specialization Course 4
Specialization Course 5
EDU 7702-8Research Design (Methods Course 1)
Specialization Course 6
EDU 7005-8Qualitative Methods (Methods Course 2)
EDU 7707-8Planning Dissertation Research in Education
Specialization Courses (Select six of the following courses)
ED 7004-8School Law
ED 7005-8Language Arts and Reading
ED 7008-8Educating a Diversity of Students
ED 7012-8Educational Leadership
ED 7013-8Financial Issues in Schools
ED 7015-8Safety Issues for Educators
ED 7016-8Supervision and Leadership in Schools
ED 7022-8Policies and Practices in Leadership
ED 7030-8Development of Organizational Leadership

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Course NumberCourse Title
CMP9400E Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
DIS9401EDoctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS9402EDoctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS9403EDoctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS9404EDoctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Completion of Northcentral University's Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership program might lead to career advancement or qualify you to take on greater responsibilities in your current role. You could explore administrative opportunities in public or private elementary, middle or high schools. You might also work for nonprofit educational organizations or government agencies. You could also consider an academic career in a college or university or in educational research. Positions you could pursue include:

  • College Dean
  • School Superintendent
  • Professor of Education
  • Senior Educational Researcher