The Northern Kentucky University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program is designed for experienced, fully-employed P-20 educational, agency, and civic leaders. The program is designed to enhance the development of practitioner scholars and their effectiveness as leaders by:

  1. Increasing their knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
  2. Enhancing their ability to inspire others within their organization and community to excel.
  3. Engaging themselves and their institutions to increase the educational attainment, economic viability, and livability of their organizations and communities.



Award-winning programs. Convienient online options. Small class and cohort sizes.

Join us for Spring 2018 Graduate Open house.


What You Can Do

Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed to create transformational leaders to work in various settings. Graduates with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership advance in their careers in a variety of professions, including:

  • Higher Education Teaching and Administration
  • Principals and Superintendents in P-12 school systems
  • Non-profits
  • Public Sector
  • Health care
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Training

Program Contact Information

Dr. James Allen
Director of the Doctor of Education Program


Beyond the Classroom

NKU’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is unique in focus, format, and delivery. The 60-credit hour program can be finished in as few as three years - attending face to face sessions one weekend per month with the balance of coursework online.

The Ed.D. Program is designed to enhance leadership skills for instructional and administrative leaders in P-20 settings and other human services areas. It is a practitioner-scholar degree designed to meet a set of “best practice” competencies/outcomes integrated with individual career and personal goals for leaders with significant professional leadership experience. The degree is designed to integrate with the expectations required of fully-employed practitioners.