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 four letters of recommendation. Two of the four required letters should be completed by people associated with the applicant’s recent graduate work and two by people supervising the applicant’s professional work.
  • Submit written responses to substantive questions that directly speak to the applicant’s intellectual interests, professional goals, compatibility with program and commitments to the values of the program. Each program has its own set of questions and assessment criteria. Applicant responses are considered carefully, along with all other evidence, in determining the applicant’s potential for success in pursuing the Ed.D. degree.
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Note: The admission process occurs in two stages. First, the applicant submits the application and all supporting documentation to the Office of Admissions by the published deadlines. Faculty from the respective doctoral programs reviews the applications. 

    The second stage of the admissions process consists of an interview with the program faculty. Because of the limited size of the doctoral programs, only a small number of applicants are selected to participate in the second stage of the admission process. 

    The objectives of the interview process are to establish that applicants have clearly defined goals for pursuing doctoral study, to determine that the applicants’ goals may be met through the doctoral programs, to gain further information about the applicants and to clarify areas of concern, to provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the programs and to enable applicants to acquaint themselves with faculty in the programs.

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

EDL 628Organizational Inquiry

3

EDL 630Understanding and Using Educational Research

3

or

ESR 630Understanding and Using Educational Research

3

and

EDL 632Data-driven Decision Making

3

or

ESR 632Data-driven Decision Making

3

CCD 699BDissertation: Educational Leadership

1 TO 12

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

Educational Leadership Core - 39 SH

EDL 601School Financial Management

3

EDL 604Administrative Issues for Pluralistic Schools

3

EDL 605Leading Change

3

EDL 606Principles andFundamentals of School Leadership

3

EDL 608Community Engagement

3

EDL 620School Leadership: Policy and Politics

3

EDL 622Curriculum Planning, Organization and Evaluation

3

EDL 624Professional Development and School Change

3

EDL 626Instructional Leadership

3

EDL 690Educational Leadership Internship

1 TO 12

Note: EDL 690 must be taken for a total of 12 semester hours.