Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Shape Education At School, District or National Level

As a leader within K-12 or higher education, you’re passionate about making an even bigger impact. You strive to achieve meaningful progress to drive greater student success now, as well as for generations of students to come.

The Ed.D in Educational Leadership challenges you to solve real-world problems through project-based planning and implementation; to advocate for school improvement; to boost administrative competencies and to navigate educational trends in a changing world.

If your career interests involve more hands-on administrative or teaching leadership than dedicated research work, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is likely the closest match to your goals, versus a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. The option for a blended online / on-site or exclusively online Ed.D. program allows educators like you to fit classes into your schedule and earn your degree on your own time.

Graduates with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership have built rewarding careers as school assistant principals and principals, superintendents, school district leaders, university deans and presidents, just to name a few career paths.

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 $1,330 per credit hour.
NSU’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program is a minimum of 54 total credits to complete. Download the program brochure.
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.

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


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