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Educational Studies, Specialization in Educational Leadership & Higher Education, EdD

Doctor of Education

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This fully online Ed.D. program in educational leadership 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. This program is for you if you have a master's degree and aspire to hold an administrative position other than P-12 administration. 

The degree is ideal if you intend to pursue or continue a career as a practicing administrator in education or related organization. The program benefits practitioners working in P-20 educational settings, higher education, community colleges or other education-related organizations throughout the world.

Jiangang Xia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Jiangang Xia worked seven years as a high school math teacher in Guangzhou, China and as an evaluation specialist at Dallas Independent School District, Texas. His research and teaching interests focus on P-12 leadership/organization theory, policy analysis and program evaluation, while his expertise lies in quantitative methods and large scale data analysis. Through collaboration, Xia has published 4 journal articles and 3 book chapters and presented more than 10 research papers in national conferences in the area of K-12 educational leadership.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A master's degree

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Three samples of writing or research

  9. Personal Vita or Resume

  10. Copy of your current administrative certificate

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
January 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 800Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 800

A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.

EDAD 830Administrative Theory3

Course Number: EDAD 830

Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.

EDAD 833Educational Finance3

Course Number: EDAD 833

Critical analysis of the political and economic elements impacting K-12 school finance. Content and activities address both building and district level concerns with an emphasis on principles, programs, and trends in school finance.

EDAD 837Education Law1-4

Course Number: EDAD 837

Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.

EDAD 922Finance in Postsecondary Education3

Course Number: EDAD 922

Federal and state government funding, institutional planning, technological and community influences, human resources finance, budgeting, and sources of financial support as they relate to postsecondary education institutions and agencies.

EDAD 925Law and Higher Education3

Course Number: EDAD 925

Examination of legal principles applicable to postsecondary education institutions. Overview of the legal system, postsecondary education institutions as legal entities, authority for governance and administration, faculty rights and responsibilities, student rights and responsibilities, institutional and personal liability, and other selected issues.

EDAD 966Leadership in Educational Organizations3

Course Number: EDAD 966

Education administration problems with an analysis of research and literature pertaining to these problems.

EDAD 993Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Educational Administration0

Course Number: EDAD 993

Workshop seminar topics are determined with the student’s adviser. This is a required, non-credit course.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 842College Students in America3

Course Number: EDAD 842

This course is designed to provide students an understanding of a broad range of facts and issues pertaining to undergraduate college students in America.

EDAD 892Special Topics in Education3

Course Number: EDAD 892

(CYAF 892; EDPS 892; EDUC 892; SPED 892; TTEAC 892) Prereq: EDPS 859 or parallel; EDPS 859 or equivalent Aspects of education not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

EDAD 907Issues in Educational Politics and Policies3

Course Number: EDAD 907

Analyze and evaluate policy processes involved in making choices; develop understanding, apply and evaluate knowledge about key political concepts and theories to the analysis of educational policy issues; analyze and evaluate issues as points of political conflict between institutional structures with competing interests; understand people as the actors in roles they occupy in the political system.

EDAD 910The Higher Education Environment3

Course Number: EDAD 910

Universities are adaptive, living systems interacting with their environment. Equips participants with the skills required to analyze and assess the environment of higher education institutions. Environment concepts, components and structures are studied together with analysis techniques and methodological approaches to future study.

EDAD 912BEducational Leadership in Community Colleges3

Course Number: EDAD 912B

Issues facing community college leaders and the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to provide effective leadership in the community college setting. Case studies of community colleges, combined with the literature on community college leadership, and active learning opportunities to examine current practices and develop a personal philosophy of leadership.

EDAD 921Administrative Issues in Postsecondary Education3

Course Number: EDAD 921

Introduction to contemporary issues in the administration of postsecondary education with a focus on the scholarly literature, a comparative analysis of administration in types of institutions, leadership and planning, institutional and environmental issues, and selected topics.

EDAD 923The Community College3

Course Number: EDAD 923

Designed particularly for those interested in upper secondary and college levels. Junior college movement; relationship of movement to provisions for an adequate educational program; functions of the junior college; legal status and basis for extension of junior college; problems of organization, administration, and curriculum.

EDAD 924Administration of Higher Educational Instructional Programs3

Course Number: EDAD 924

Administration of higher education instructional programs. Exploration of curricular issues including an assessment of program quality and reputation, program reallocations, retrenchments, and expansions.

EDAD 926The American Professoriate: An Administrative Perspective3

Course Number: EDAD 926

Contemporary faculty issues in postsecondary education institutions from the perspective of college administrators. Current status of faculty, assigning faculty workloads and monitoring performance levels, evaluating faculty performance, structuring development activities, and special topics.

EDAD 932Global Issues in Higher Education3

Course Number: EDAD 932

Selected issues affecting global educational policies and practices.

EDAD 933Strategic Planning3

Course Number: EDAD 933

System theory, practice and problem solving. The strategic planning process in higher education. Models of strategic planning.

EDAD 934Teaching and Learning in the Community College3

Course Number: EDAD 934

This course is planned for individuals who hold or aspire to leadership positions in community colleges that focus on or support instructional programs and others who seek to learn more about this particular aspect of America’s comprehensive community colleges. The primary purpose of the course is to develop a comprehensive understanding of five aspects of the community college:Its curricular missions (general education, transfer education, career education, remedial/developmental education, community education);Its faculty and student population;Issues concerning program and curriculum development;Human resources aspects related to instructional programs (full- and part-time faculty ratios, hiring qualified adjunct faculty, faculty development programs);Issues concerning the evaluation of programs and the assessment of student outcomes.

EDAD 935Workforce, Economic, & Community Development3

Course Number: EDAD 935

Workforce, economic, and community development represents a central mission of the community college. Community colleges provide an important means for educating citizens and preparing skilled workers to maintain the civic vitality and economic growth of their communities. EDAD 890 develops the knowledge base and capabilities needed by community college leaders to advance the workforce, economic, and community development mission of the community college. This course explores the workforce, economic and community development role of the community college within the broader context of recent economic, social, and technological changes in communities, society, and the economy and examines the how this role is integrated with, and distinct from, other community college missions. Drawing on both sound theory and best practices, course topics include the strategy, structure, funding, policy, and programs of the community college related to workforce, economic, and community development. Using both conventional and applied/experiential learning activities, students will explore leadership issues related to planning, managing, budgeting, and evaluating the effectiveness of workforce, economic, and community development programs in the community college.

EDAD 980Seminar in College Student Development2-3

Course Number: EDAD 980

EDAD, EDPS 977. (2-3 cr per sem, max 6) Current knowledge, theories, and practices, and related issues in the area of college student development. Special field experiences and research projects are available to students for additional credit.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $356.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $408.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1069.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1226.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $750.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $802.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $2250.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2406.75

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