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Instructional Leadership

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a concentration in Instructional Leadership is designed specifically for practicing teachers, educational leaders, and district and school administrators in public and nonpublic schools and school systems. This concentration fosters the development of leadership skills associated with traditional instructional tasks such as goal-setting, resource allocation, curriculum management, and monitoring lesson plans. Through self-reflection, analysis, and practical application of best practices, these skills are then used to solve real problems in the workplace. The doctoral program with a concentration in instructional leadership focuses on developing educators who can create professional development programs that emphasize data-driven decision making for improved instruction in schools.

The primary goal of the concentration in Instructional Leadership is to prepare students for leadership and life-long learning in the field of education. This concentration will help participants develop leadership skills, including setting clear goals, allocating resources to instruction, managing curriculum, and monitoring lesson plans through self-reflection and analysis, and best practices through practical application.

The graduates of the Instructional Leadership concentration will be able to use the knowledge, skills, and practices gained to solve problems in the workplace. The focus of instructional leadership is to develop educators who can create professional development activities that emphasize data-driven decision making using technology to improve instruction.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

  • Practicing superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, directors, team leaders, and teachers in public and nonpublic schools and daycare centers; OR
  • Individuals with master's degrees or above in education who wish to obtain a doctoral degree and increase their knowledge and skills in instructional design, administration, and leadership

The following are specific admission requirements for entry into the Doctor of Education programs. Please refer to the admissions application or catalog for specific program admission requirements and information for international students.

  • Completed online application for admission, including ($50) nonrefundable application fee
  • An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution indicating a conferred master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.0, and official final transcripts from all institutions of higher education (community colleges, bachelor’s programs, post-graduate programs)
  • Professional letters of recommendation from two (2) individuals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a doctoral program
  • A test score report* from one of the following exams showing that the applicant received
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Raw score of 37 (scaled score 391–396) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

OR

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): For tests taken prior to August 1, 2011, a combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections; for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011 a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections.

*The test must have been taken within the past five years.

  • Completed Personal Statement of Goals
  • Completed Transfer of Credits form if applicable

FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency by providing proof of a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based or 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (OELTS) exam.

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP COURSE OF STUDY

(54 CREDITS MINIMUM)

ORIENTATION (0 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
DSO 8000 Doctoral Studies Orientation 0

CONCENTRATION AREA COURSES (24 CREDITS)

*Denotes required course that will be offered blended and online

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDD 8200* Leadership, Communication, and Technology 3
ILLR 8110 Assessment Literacy 3
ILLR 8111 Communities of Practice 3
ILLR 8112 Assessment Centered Curriculum Development 3
ILLR 8113 Instructional Leadership 3
ILLR 8114 Professional Development 3
ILLR 8105 Leading for Change 3
ILLR 8100 Curriculum and Program Development 3

RESEARCH COURSES (12 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8100 The Nature of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methods (Required Course) 3
RES 9300 Methods of Inquiry (Required Course) 3

Please select ONE of the following research tracks based on your dissertation (please consult your RES 9300 professor and your dissertation chair prior to registering):

Quantitative Research Track

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8911 Quantitative Research Design 3
RES 8921

Quantitative Data Analysis

3

Qualitative Research Track

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8916 Qualitative Research Design 3
RES 8926

Qualitative Data Analysis

3

APPLIED DISSERTATION BENCHMARKS (12 CREDITS)

The Applied Dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more research questions. It is required of all FCE doctoral students and its purpose is to improve practice in education and human services. The dissertation process consists of a total of 12 credits encompassing four major benchmarks.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
DISR 8966 Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus 3
DISR 8967 Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development 3
DISR 8968 Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal 3
DISR 8969 Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation 3

ELECTIVES/MINOR (MINIMUM OF 6 CREDITS)

Students will fulfill this requirement by selecting from a variety of courses.


SUMMER INSTITUTE (0 CREDITS)

The Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with Fischler College classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas, including distance library services, student financial assistance, and program advising. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops enabling students to learn valuable information about the dissertation process, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
FSC 8000 Summer Institute (Residency Requirement)         Students must attend one Summer Institute during the 36 months of study. 
0

CONTINUING DISSERTATION SERVICES (0 CREDITS)

Beginning the 37th month of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, students will enroll in ADS 8091, Applied Dissertation Services, in order to receive dissertation services and support from Dissertation Committee Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff. In cases where students are not enrolled in any classes prior to the 37th month and where Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students require support from Dissertation Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff, ADS 8090 may be used to satisfy Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for continuous matriculation.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
ADS 8091 Applied Dissertation Services 0

*Note: Students must be registered for ADS 8091 to be eligible for continuing services.


RECOMMENDED 3-YEAR PROGRAM SEQUENCE

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Coursework for the Doctor of Education is available online, which allows international students and those who don't live near our South Florida campus to receive and submit coursework, and interact with classmates and professors, via the Internet. This distance education option allows busy professionals like you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.

In addition to coursework, all doctoral students are required to participate in the Summer Institute in Florida.

Faculty members for the Doctor of Education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition, many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

The purpose of the Doctoral Studies Orientation (DSO 8000) is to provide an overview critical to beginning the Ed.D. program. This noncredit course is a requirement for all doctoral students at NSU's Fischler College of Education. Students should register for and complete the online DSO modules in the first term along with the first "credit-bearing" course. For additional information, please visit the DSO Web site.

The Summer Institute is a week-long conference designed for doctoral students. During the doctoral program, students are required to attend at least one FCE Summer Institute as part of required coursework.  

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  • Completion of the Doctoral Studies Orientation (DSO 8000)
  • Participation in the Summer Institute (FSC 8000)
  • Satisfactory completion of all required courses
  • Successful completion of an applied dissertation
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for degree and satisfaction of all NSU/FCE financial obligations

Coursework for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) may not meet state department of education requirements for certification and/or licensure. It is the responsibility of the student to contact his or her state department of education for specific requirements and current information regarding teacher certification/licensure.

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