Perspective. Leadership. Calling.

K-12 Education Leadership Doctorate

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Online and in-depth, this program is designed for your current work life and the role you are called into.

Credit Hours
No teaching experience required. Choose your track: K-12 Leadership or Higher Education Leadership.
You may start in the fall or spring semester.
Online & Flexible
All classes are online and asynchronous, with a few scheduled, face-to-face online class sessions.

Cultivate Your Best Leadership Skill Set

Designed to develop trained and skilled educational leaders who make a difference, this degree equips you with both a broad knowledge of social, political, and economic forces at work in society, as well as specific skills for meeting leadership challenges in education.

The Doctor of Education program at NGU cultivates your skills in these areas:

  • Applied research
  • Higher-order cognition
  • Problem-solving
  • Professional staff development
  • Social intelligence
  • Systems thinking

Education Beside Experienced & Faithful Master-Teachers

V. Shelley Dugle, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Education Programs
Ann Aust, Ed.D.
Program Coordinator for M.Ed. 
Ellen Cashion, M.Ed.
Director of Teacher Education
Nancy Caukin, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Jill Branyon, Ed.D.
Professor of Education

Study Educational Leadership and Contribute to the Field

  • Doctor of Education Core Courses

    Core Courses

    Each track has its own version of these core courses:

    • Introduction to Doctoral Studies
    • Social Foundations
    • Organizational Development
    • Today’s Student
    • Advanced Ethical Leadership Studies
    • Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Personnel Management
    • Politics of Education: Historical Frameworks
    • Learning and Instruction
    • Field Analysis of Current Practices
    • Directed Independent Study: Self Selected
  • Doctor of Education Track-Specific Core Courses

    Track-Specific Core Courses

    These core courses are part of the K-12 track only:

    • Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision
    • Accountability

    These core courses are part of the Higher Education track only:

    • Law and Policy in Higher Education
    • Budget, Finance, and Human Resources
  • Doctor of Education Electives

    Doctor of Education Electives

    You take three elective courses. You might choose one of these:

    • Systemic Resource Management
    • Strategic Planning
    • Leadership and Technology
    • Academic Culture & Learning
    • Educational Policy
  • Doctor of Education Research

    Doctor of Education Research

    In preparing for your independent dissertation project, you also take courses to give you a solid research foundation:

    • EDL 761 Quantitative Research: Knowledge and skills in applied statistics.
    • EDL 762 Qualitative Research: Knowledge and skills in qualitative methods commonly used in educational settings.


Your dissertation completes the degree. It comprises research, writing, and a formal defense. While this is primarily independent work, you are guided through the steps by three courses:

EDL 763 Dissertation Proposal (3 hrs.): From concept through IRB to full proposal.

EDL 764 Dissertation 1 (3 hrs.): Collect and analyze data; begin writing your dissertation.

EDL 765 Dissertation 2 (3 hrs.): Complete your writing; prepare to defend your dissertation.

The NGU Ed.D. curriculum has done an excellent job at making me more prepared for my current job and given me the foundation and preparation needed to continue to work toward my professional goals.Jordan Mack Hairr, Ed.D. ’19

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