Ed.D. Educational Leadership

We designed this doctorate primarily for individuals interested in K-12 Educational Administration or Community College/Higher Education Administration. Area III provides the opportunity for students to select their preferred emphasis.


For this 63-unit program, which involves completing a dissertation, you take:


Area I: Professional Foundations (9 units)



Area II: Leadership Theory (9 units)



Area III: Professional Leadership Emphasis (18 units)


K-12 Administration Emphasis:






Community College/Higher Education Administration Emphasis:




*You may also choose from other NAU 600/700-level courses, upon approval by your advisor.



Area IV: Evaluation and Research (27 Units)




*EDR 610 Introduction to Research (or equivalent) is a pre-requisite for Area IV.


**EDL 799 Dissertation units must be at taken a minimum of 3 units at a time in continuous enrollment until 12 units are taken. If additional dissertation units are needed, students may enroll in 1 unit at a time, after they have completed 12 units. Students must be enrolled in 3 units of EDL 799 during the semester they defend their dissertation.


No graduate credit-units may be transferred into the program with the exception of credit-units taken from Northern Arizona University for the purpose of Superintendent Certification.


Click here, Doctoral Requirements, for more information about residency and other requirements that pertain to this degree.

State Teaching Certification Plans

You can apply to a plan preparing you for state teaching certification in Supervision, Principalship, or Superintendency. You must have a master’s degree before you can obtain any of these state administrative certifications.


Certification plans vary in the number of educational leadership units that are required:



All educational leadership units are as approved by Northern Arizona University’s faculty and the State Board of Education.



You must apply separately for these plans. Contact our Educational Leadership office for additional information.


Click here for more information about our Educational Leadership faculty and our:


Educational Leadership undergraduate courses and graduate courses

Educational Research graduate courses

Community College undergraduate courses and graduate courses

Educational Foundations undergraduate courses and graduate courses