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

Beginning in fall 2022, all content and inquiry courses are offered fully online. The two Professional Seminar courses each have two required face-to-face sessions, offered at the NIU-Naperville center.


the core curriculum (21 semester hours) and a minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation credits. For those entering with a Master’s in a related field, the doctoral program requires an additional nine semester hours beyond the core curriculum. This program does not lead to the superintendent endorsement.

Applying to the Program

You’ll need to submit your application to the Graduate School; three letters of reference from professors, practicing school administrators who hold state licensure, and/or those who know you in a professional capacity and can speak to your ability to complete an EdD; 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: $568.60
International: $937.84
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David Snow, Program Advisor

Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall July 15

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Fall July 15