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, 27 will be from foundational courses, 18 will be from specialization 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 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 8202Statistics II
EDR 8204Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
EDR 8205Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
One additional Specialization or Elective Course
Specialization Courses
Select six 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

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