Doctor - Education: Instructional Leadership

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The Doctor of Education program in Instructional Leadership at Northcentral University offers a strong foundation for instructional supervision that enhances student achievement. Learn more about the Doctor of Education program in Instructional Leadership here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Northcentral University's online Doctor of Education program in Instructional Leadership examines curriculum and instructional supervision theories and practices. You'll have the opportunity to study the organizational structure and dynamics of schools and school systems, techniques for managing change and innovation, and approaches for fostering a culture of learning and encouraging community leadership. Organizational leadership and leadership development within the social, political, economic, and educational context of schooling are also discussed.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you would like to apply to the Doctor of Education program in Instructional Leadership, you should have already earned a master's degree from an accredited institution. You should also be interested in improving the instructional performance of schools.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership can be completed in 54 credit hours, although up to 12 additional credit hours will be allowed to complete the dissertation research if needed. The program includes 24 foundation credit hours, 15 specialization credit hours, three doctoral comprehensive examination credit hours, and 12 dissertation credit hours.

Courses for a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
EDU 8000Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 8001Advanced Scholarly Writing
EDR 8200Scholarly Literature Review
EDR 8203Research Methods
EDR 8201Statistics I
EDR 8204Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
EDR 8205Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
One additional Specialization or Elective Course
Specialization Courses
Select five courses from the following:
IL 7000 The Culture of Learning
IL 7001Leader as Advocate and Decision Maker
IL 7002Leader as Community Advocate
ED 7014 Practices in School Organization
ED 7016Supervision and Leadership in Schools
ED 7035Curriculum Supervision
ED 7030Development of Organizational Leadership
ED 7036Innovation for Change
Examination Course
CMP 9700E Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Education program in Instructional Leadership is intended to prepare you for leadership roles in public or private schools, school districts, universities and state educational agencies. Depending on your professional background and experience, you may be interested in pursuing positions such as:

  • Postsecondary Professor
  • School Superintendent
  • School Principal