Be an Education Game Changer

The future of education needs a leader with an edge. It needs a bold innovator with the knowledge and passion necessary for bringing large-scale change. It needs a Shark.

NSU helps you move education forward at school, district or national levels with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Challenge yourself to solve real-world problems through project-based planning and implementation. Master how to advocate for school improvement. Discover ways to boost administrative competencies. Navigate educational trends in a changing world.

Unlike research-heavy Ph.D. programs, an Ed.D. will give you a more hands-on approach to leading. Our graduates earned their degree in their own time and are currently shaping schools everywhere, as assistant principals and principals, superintendents, school district leaders and university deans and presidents. Your own path to making a meaningful difference for the students of tomorrow starts today.

Options: Graduate With or Without a Dissertation

We now offer an alternate opportunity that allows students to solve problems in a real-world setting. The Education Strategic Research Project (ESRP) is an alternative to the Applied Dissertation. Request information now to learn more about your options.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and lead teachers in public and nonpublic K–12 education.
  • Individuals with master’s degrees or above in education who are on an administrative track who wish to obtain a doctoral degree and increase their knowledge and skills in education administration and leadership.
  • Individuals considering a Ph.D. in educational leadership who want to explore the benefits of an Ed.D. program.

Take the next steps to success. Apply for NSU’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

Quick Facts

Tuition for the degree program is $1,420 per credit hour.
NSU’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options
Coursework for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is available completely online or in a blended format of on-site and online instruction.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year. No entrance exam required.

Earning Potential

School Superintendent $151,636 Average Salary Per Year
University Professor $90,476 Average Salary Per Year
Education Consultant $95,700 Average Salary Per Year


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Concentration Area Required Courses (21 credits)
EDD 8200*
Leadership, Communication, and Technology (EDD 8200* / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8410
Leading an Educational Organization: Theory, Practice, and Reflection (EDLR 8410 / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8415
Strategic Planning for Educational Leadership (EDLR 8415 / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8420
Policy, Power, and Politics in Educational Leadership (EDLR 8420 / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8425
School-based Inquiry and Transformation (EDLR 8425 / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8430
Legal and Ethical Issues in Educational Leadership (EDLR 8430 / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8435
Current Topics in Educational Leadership (EDLR 8435 / Credits: 3 )
Concentration Area Electives (Choose one)
EDLR 8460
The Principal and School Leadership (EDLR 8460 / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8461
The Superintendent and District Leadership (EDLR 8461 / Credits: 3 )
Applied Dissertation Benchmarks (12 credits)
DISR 8966
Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus (DISR 8966 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8967
Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development (DISR 8967 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8968
Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal (DISR 8968 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8969
Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation (DISR 8969 / Credits: 3 )
Summer Institute**
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (Residency Requirement) (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Continuing Dissertation Services***
ADS 8091
Applied Dissertation Services (ADS 8091 )
Required Courses
RES 8100
The Nature of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methods (RES 8100 / Credits: 3 )
RES 9300
Methods of Inquiry (RES 9300 / Credits: 3 )
Quantitative Research Track
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )
Building Level Leaders
EDLR 8490
Reflection and Vision for School Leaders (EDLR 8490 / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8498
Internship (Building Level) (EDLR 8498 / Credits: 3 )
District Level Leaders
EDLR 8495
Reflection and Vision for District Leaders (EDLR 8495 / Credits: 3 )
EDLR 8499
Internship (District Level) (EDLR 8499 / Credits: 3 )

*Denotes required course that will be offered blended and online.

**Students must attend one Summer Institute during the 36 months of study. 

***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.

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