Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

The National Louis Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) with majors in District-Level Educational Leadership and Leadership for Learning and Organizational Development is a three-year, advanced practitioner-oriented professional preparation program serving educators seeking to lead school districts and supervise instructional and support personnel at the organizational, facility or staff level. This Educational Leadership program prepares leaders for a variety of roles in schools, districts, charter organizations, universities, colleges, technical assistance organizations, policy and political organizations, and government agencies.

Consider getting your doctorate of education in educational leadership at NLU if you:

  • Aspire to advance your career with a doctoral credential related to educational leadership curriculum development, instructional leadership and faculty development.
  • Seek a blended-delivery program where you can work and complete your degree via face-to-face meetings (typically scheduled monthly on weekends) and continuous online communications with faculty and peers within a learning management system.
  • Resonate with the idea of conducting scholarly research and writing a dissertation contributing to the knowledge base in your own area of professional expertise
  • Possess the desire, determination, and available time to complete your degree in three years.

Combining a doctoral curriculum organized through academic coursework and internship experiences, the program integrates theory, research and practice into a cohesive plan of study for educational leaders. The focus will be on:

  • School/district leadership and administration, and management of financial and human capital
  • Curriculum leadership, instructional supervision, and faculty development.
  • Engaging educational communities to address student achievement and accountability.
  • Adult learning and employee capacity building
  • Systems for continuous school improvement

Employment of education administrators is expected to grow by about eight percent through the remainder of the decade. The expected growth is primarily the result of increased enrollments of school-aged children. The number of administrative positions will continue to increase as more administrative responsibilities are placed on individual schools, particularly with regard to monitoring student achievement. Student enrollment in post-secondary schools is projected to grow more rapidly than in elementary and middle schools.

NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and teacher training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, NLU has professionally developed thousands of school leaders, principals, and superintendents. Our alumni serve as an excellent career development resource for candidates and provide support related to school-based professional challenges.

With majors focusing on District-Level Educational Leadership and Leadership for Learning and Organizational Development, this Ed.D. meets the needs of professionals seeking to develop a deep understanding of leadership, curriculum development, the principles of staffing and organizational development, the supervision of learning activities, personnel relations, administrative duties related to departmental or unit management, and specific applications to various educational settings and curricula. The coursework and internship components draw on the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders to prepare graduates for success in District Level Educational Leadership positions across the country.

This option is for students interested in earning the doctoral degree and leading and managing multi-school educational systems and school districts, and prepares individuals to serve as systems administrators and district superintendents. Instruction includes educational administration; education of students at various levels; system planning and budgeting; educational policy; educational law and regulations; public relations; professional standards and ethics; and applications to specific issues, cultural context, and geographic locales. Students choosing this option must hold an Illinois general administrative or principal endorsement upon admission. Students admitted to this option must complete all 60 SH of the program, including EDL690 Educational Leadership Internship, and are then eligible to apply for the Illinois Superintendent endorsement.

Designed for individuals looking to supervise instructional and support personnel at the organizational, facility or staff level, but are not seeking state credentials, either principal or superintendent, upon completion of the doctoral program. Includes instruction in the principles of staffing and organization, the supervision of learning activities, personnel relations, administrative duties related to departmental or unit management, and specific applications to various educational settings and curricula. Students admitted to this option must complete all 60 SH of the program, including EDL690 Educational Leadership Internship, but are not eligible to apply for principal endorsement or the Superintendent endorsement.

The three-year doctoral program is offered in a cohort format. To meet the needs of working adults, students have the option to meet one weekend per month in a weekend residency with classes held on Friday night, Saturday morning and afternoon. Those seeking more regular contact can elect to enroll in the more traditional model of meeting twice monthly on a specified weeknight.

All cohorts have a strong online presence using our Learning Management System for discussions, retrieval of materials, and submission of assignments. The dissertation is on-going throughout the program and is scheduled to be completed at the end of the third year. In addition, the internship component is completed during the three years with students working closely with an NLU faculty internship advisor and a cooperating professional practitioner in the doctoral candidate’s work environment.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling in in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.

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  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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