Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

This program is designed to prepare individuals to serve in school and school district leadership roles in the areas of administration and supervision. By combining coursework and internship experiences, the program integrates theory, research and practice into a cohesive plan of study for educational leaders.

While the coursework for both of the below options is the same, applicants must specify which is appropriate for their needs.

The Educational Leadership Superintendent option is for students who are seeking the Superintendent endorsement in addition to earning the doctoral degree. Students choosing this option must hold an Illinois general administrative or principal endorsement, Wisconsin 51 or other state-approved principal’s credential upon admission. Students admitted to this option must complete all 60 SH of the program, including EDL 690 Educational Leadership Internship, and are then eligible to apply for the Illinois or Wisconsin Superintendent endorsement.

The Educational Leadership option is for students not seeking the Superintendent Endorsement. Students choosing this option may be admitted without an Illinois general administrative or principal endorsement, Wisconsin 51 or other state-approved principal’s credential. This option, however, does not lead to state credentials, either principal or superintendent, upon completion of the doctoral program. Students admitted to this option must complete all 60 SH of the program, including EDL 690 Educational Leadership Internship, but are not eligible to apply for principal endorsement or the Superintendent endorsement.

Students taking this option may, in the future, complete the Administration and Supervision, Ed.S. leading to the general administrative or principal endorsement in Illinois, or 51 in Wisconsin and then the Superintendent Subsequent Endorsement.

In addition to National College of Education Doctoral Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

  • Present documented evidence of at least two years of leadership in the educational field 
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Program Details:

  • Requires 60 SH for completion 
  • Requires an internship
  • Requires a dissertation
  • Candidates may transfer in up to 12 SH of coursework from another doctoral program if approved by faculty and not part of a completed degree program. Applicants who have completed the Administration and Supervision, Ed.S. degree at NLU may transfer a maximum of 6 SH of internship credit toward the doctoral degree upon the approval of the director of the Educational Leadership doctoral program or designee.

Required Courses

Research and Dissertation - 21 SH

EDL628Organizational Inquiry

EDL630Understanding and Using Educational Research

or

ESR630Understanding and Using Educational Research

and

EDL632Understanding and Using Educational Research

or

ESR632Data-driven Decision Making

CCD699BDissertation: Educational Leadership

Note: CCD 699B must be taken for 12 SH.

Educational Leadership Core - 39 SH

EDL601School Financial Management

EDL604Administrative Issues for Pluralistic Schools

EDL605Leading Change

EDL606Principles and Fundamentals of School Leadership

EDL608Community Engagement

EDL620School Leadership: Policy and Politics

EDL622Curriculum Planning, Organization and Evaluation

EDL624Professional Development and School Change

EDL626Instructional Leadership

EDL690Educational Leadership Internship