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 six foundation credit hours, 15 research methods credit hours, 18 specialization credit hours, three doctoral comprehensive examination credit hours, and 12 dissertation credit hours.

Courses for a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership

Course CodeCourse Name
Foundation Courses
EDU 7101-8 Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 7001-8 Advanced Scholarly Writing
Methods Courses
EDU 7002-8 Educational Research Methodology
EDU 7003-8 Statistics I
EDU 7702-8 Research Design
EDU 7005-8 Qualitative Methods
EDU 7707-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Education
Specialization Courses
Select six courses from the following:
IL 7000-8 The Culture of Learning
IL 7001-8 Leader as Advocate and Decision-Maker
IL 7002-8 Leader as Community Advocate
ED 7014-8 Practices in School Organization
ED 7016-8 Supervision and Leadership in Schools
ED 7035-8 Curriculum Supervision
ED 7030-8 Development of Organizational Leadership
ED 7036-8 Innovation for Change
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
CMP 9400E Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9401E Doctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS 9402E Doctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS 9403E Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS 9404E Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

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