Educational Studies: Specialization in Educational Leadership & Higher Education
Ed.D. Degree: Doctorate Course Type: Online Interest: Educational Administration

This fully online program is designed to prepare you for professional practice and to help you develop the leadership and analytical skills needed to confront difficult problems of practice in P-20 education, higher education, community colleges, or other educational institutions. The degree is ideal if you intend to pursue or continue a career as a practicing administrator in an education or related organization.

Who Should Consider This Degree

The program benefits practitioners working in P-20 educational settings, higher education, community colleges or other education related organizations throughout the world. If you are interested in any of the following, this program is for you.

  • A leadership role in a college, university, or community college
  • Studying various aspects of higher education in a collaborative setting involving other professionals
  • Gaining real-world administrative experiences tied to the major cognate areas of importance to practitioners
  • Seeking an advanced degree to support your goals

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Program & Courses

The Doctoral Specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education provides academic preparation and professional development for those individuals interested in the study of educational leadership and higher education or those who aspire to leadership positions in educational organizations. This program is not intended for those pursuing administrative certification.

The Department offers a course of study leading to the blended/hybrid or to a fully online Ed.D. degree. Students seeking either of these degrees major in Education Studies. Under this broad major, Educational Administration (EDAD) provides the specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education; there are three concentrations within this specialization:

  1. Educational Leadership
  2. Higher Education Administration
  3. Community College Leadership

The Ed.D. program is offered fully online; however, all students are encouraged to travel to campus and summer courses are provided in a hybrid fashion to facilitate this approach. The blended/hybrid Ph.D. program requires students to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of on-campus coursework. Normally, all doctoral students will be on campus to present the dissertation proposal and for the final defense of the dissertation study.

Courses are offered on the regular semester and summer session schedule of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Summer courses are offered in the pre-session (three weeks) and in a hybrid fashion (time-intensive on campus experiences followed by additional online content) to facilitate on campus residency. Courses are announced in the UNL schedule available online and students register for courses using the University web based enrollment and billing system.

Curriculum is focused on helping you develop leadership and analytical skills used to confront difficult problems of practice. This program is for you if you have a master's degree and aspire to hold an administrative position other than P-12 administration.

  • minimum of 96 credit hours beyond bachelor’s degree
  • master's degree is required
  • 12 hours of dissertation
  • 9 hours of research tools
  • 3 credit hours of common doctoral courses
  • 24-36 credit hours of electives

You and your advisor will develop a concentration of elective courses in either educational leadership or higher education. If you pursue the community college leadership certificate in conjunction with the Ed.D. program you will complete 15 credit hours of courses as required for the certificate, and have 9-21 credit hours of electives.

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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

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Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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