Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (PhD-EdL)
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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
Lead organizations to success with the 100% online Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (PhD-EdL) degree program at National University. This theoretical research degree is designed to help you learn how to ethically address the complex problems facing education today.
NU’s PhD-EdL program explores leadership theories and models, and practices so you can become a more effective leader. You’ll learn about evidence-based decision-making, educational policy, and the relationship between policy and overall school performance. You’ll also cover essential topics like qualitative data collection and quantitative research principles. You will acquire skills to ethically address the complex problems within educational practice using data-driven decision-making and other theoretical frames linking systematic inquiry with innovative, research-based solutions. The degree culminates in the completion of empirical dissertation research with direct implications for educational theory and policy.
Inspire and Influence Change from the Top
You’ll be paired with a professor in each course who will give you the personal guidance you deserve. You’ll also have support with online learning tools and through our innovative one-to-one learning model. If your goal is to improve educational practices across private and public sectors, such as PK-12, higher education, military, and corporate learning environments, this program is for you!
Please be advised that this program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/mod/page/view.php?id=12.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
- Educational Administrators, PreK-12 through Higher Education
- Distance Learning Coordinators
*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program specific requirements with an NU advisor. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.
RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION
The University has developed a logical step-by-step process that assists in completing the dissertation. NU provides a detailed Dissertation Handbook that explains the process and NU’s dissertation support structure.
The PhD-EdL doctoral research courses, the PhD-EdL comprehensive course, and the PhD-EdL dissertation courses are specifically designed as a guide through the process in an orderly and meaningful fashion and lead to the oral defense.
The dissertation is the capstone academic achievement of the PhD-EdL. The PhD-EdL dissertation is a scholarly documentation of the research. To earn the PhD-EdL the student must demonstrate the ability, motivation, and commitment, and NU will provide the faculty, the academic support, and process to assist with the attainment of high academic goals.
The PhD-EdL research is aimed at contributing to the body of research knowledge – either new research or adding to research already studied in the field. PhD-EdL students take EDR-8201 – Statistics I and EDR-8202 – Statistics II as part of their program of study. There is also an oral defense.
Faculty assists each NU Doctoral student to reach this high goal through a systematic process leading to a high-quality completed dissertation. A PhD-EdL dissertation is a scholarly documentation of research that makes an original contribution to the field of study. This process requires care in choosing a topic, documenting its importance, planning the methodology, and conducting the research. These activities lead smoothly into the writing and oral presentation of the dissertation.
A doctoral candidate must be continuously enrolled throughout the series of dissertation courses. Dissertation courses are automatically scheduled and accepted without a break in scheduling to ensure that students remain in continuous enrollment throughout the dissertation course sequence. If additional time is required to complete any of the dissertation courses, students must re-enroll and pay the tuition for that course. Continuous enrollment will only be permitted when students demonstrate progress toward completing dissertation requirements. The Dissertation Committee determines progress.
As a graduate of National University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (PhD-EdL) program, you’ll be able to:
- Examine educational leadership, research, and policy from practice-based, evidence-based, and research-based perspectives
- Determine the aspects of professional capacity and resource needs for a quality professional learning community within sector-specific learning organizations
- Develop effective leadership traits to improve educational practice for diverse learning organizations within public and private sectors
- Devise a research- and theoretically-based examination of a complex problem within educational leadership
- Conduct theoretically based empirical research to address a complex problem within educational leadership, research, or policy
National University’s dedicated admissions team is here to help you throughout the admissions process. We accept and review applications year-round, and, once you’re admitted, you can begin your studies as soon as the next week.
To apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (PhD-EdL) you must have a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited academic institution or a qualifying international institution.
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