Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

About the Program

Do you believe that purposeful change in education policy and practice is accomplished through meaningful engagement that is transformational in nature? That change promotes equity? That it improves policy and practice on a local, state, national or international level?

Our Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies will prepare you to shape, lead and implement such change. We develop action-oriented scholarly practitioners who blend practical wisdom and professional skills with research and theory to impact problems of practice in formal and nonformal educational settings.

Program Mode of Delivery

All courses are offered in a fully online (synchronous) format. Classes only meet one night per week and the meeting day will remain constant for the duration of the cohort.


The program requires a total of 42 credit hours beyond the master’s degree comprised of 21 hours of core classes, 12 hours of dissertation research, and 9 hours of electives. Students who completed the Ed.S. in Educational Administration program at NIU can use those credits to count toward the elective requirement.

Applying to the Program

You’ll need to submit a degree-seeking application to the Graduate School. You’ll be asked to provide the following items: names and email addresses of three (3) professional references, transcripts, current resume/CV, and a personal statement.

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Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Doctor of Education
College: College of Education
Credits Required: 42
Tuition per Credit:
Domestic: $574.75
International: $943.99
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David Snow, Program Advisor

Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall May 1

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Fall May 1


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