PhD - Education: Instructional Leadership

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The PhD in Education program with a specialization in Instructional Leadership at Northcentral University is focused on helping you develop the kind of organizational and leadership qualities required in the education field. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The PhD in Education program with a specialization in Instructional Leadership at Northcentral University explores situations and issues that may occur in your potential future career choices. Curriculum topics range from basic research and statistics to more specialized subjects like curriculum supervision. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a number of electives that cover different, more specialized topics. This way, you will be able to pick courses that cover areas of particular interest or areas in which you have talent. You will also be required to complete research courses and write an acceptable doctoral dissertation in order to graduate.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying for this program, you should already have a solid background in education that you wish to expand by learning new techniques and information. You should enjoy working with people and have a desire to help people improve and grow over time, both as teachers and students. You will be required to have a master's degree prior to applying to this program.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete 60 credit hours. Of those credit hours, 6 will be from foundational courses, 18 will be from specialization courses, 21 will be from research/statistics courses, 3 will be from a comprehensive examination, and the final 12 will be from dissertation courses.

Courses for a PhD in Education with a Specialization in Instructional Leadership

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Foundational Courses
EDU8000-8 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Education
EDU8001-8 Advanced Scholarly Writing
Specialization Courses
Select 6 courses from the following:
IL7000-8 The Culture of Learning
IL7001-8 Leader as Advocate and Decision Maker
IL7002-8 Leader as Community Advocate
CT7000-8 Developing Instructional Strategies and Curriculum
CT7007-8 Leadership for Student Achievement
ED7014-8 Practices in School Organization
ED7016-8 Supervision and Leadership in Schools
ED7035-8 Curriculum Supervision
ED7030-8 Development of Organizational Leadership
ED7036-8 Innovation for Change
Statistics and Research Courses
EDU8002-8 Educational Research Methodology
EDU8003-8 Statistics I
EDU8202-8 Research Design
EDU8005-8 Qualitative Research Design
EDU8006-8 Statistics II
EDU8007-8 Quantitative Methods
EDU8207-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Education
Examination Course
CMP9500E Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS9501E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS9502E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS9503E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS9504E PhD Doctoral Dissertation

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Upon graduating from this program, you could be able to find work that holds your interest or suits your individual talents. You may be able to utilize the skills emphasized in this program to work in classrooms, businesses and many other possible environments.

Possible career paths include but are not limited to:

  • Teacher
  • Teacher's Aid
  • Principal
  • School Administrator
  • Lesson Planner
  • Tutor
  • Educational Materials Designer/Producer