The UA College of Education and the Capstone College of Nursing offer a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators.  The program is designed to prepare practicing nurses for nursing faculty positions. Graduates are prepared to teach nursing in two- or four-year colleges and universities in their area of expertise.

Nurses who have an MSN degree enter the EdD program to earn an EdD in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators. Coursework including the dissertation for the EdD program can be completed in four years of full-time study.

The curricula for the EdD for Nurse Educators support the competencies stated by the National League for Nursing (NLN) in The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators1.

1

 National League for Nursing. (2012). The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators 2012. Washington, DC: National League for Nursing.   

Doctor of Education Program Planning

See the College of Education and Instructional Leadership sections of this catalog for additional policies and procedures relevant to the EdD for Nurse Educators program.

Admission Requirements for EdD for Nurse Educators

Admission requirements are consistent with those in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog. Applicants for the EdD for Nurse Educators degree programs will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the programs are encouraged to contact the Nurse Educator Coordinator of Student Recruitment or the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs (ADGP). The following are minimum requirements for admission:

  1. For regular admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 system) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of graduate work. In addition to grade point average , applicants must have a score of at least 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or at least the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). No GRE/MAT needed if applicants have worked 5 years post MSN.
  2. For conditional admission, applicants must either meet the minimal grade point average of at least 3.0 overall ( based on a 4.0 system) or must have a score of at least 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or at least the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  3. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States  
  4.  An MSN from an accredited school of nursing is required for the EdD program.

Additional application information is located in the Admission Criteria section below.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

Degree Requirements

The degree of the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • good standing at the time of graduation
  • successful final oral defense of the dissertation
  • successful completion of the required coursework and dissertation hours

When EdD requirements are completed, the student will submit an application for the EdD degree and pay existing fees in accordance with Graduate School policies. Links to relevant forms are below:

Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree 

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to the Graduate School does not imply admission of a student to candidacy for a degree. Admission to candidacy is contingent upon the recommendation of the program faculty and the approval of the graduate dean. The EdD student must apply for candidacy after all coursework listed on program of study has been completed, comprehensive exams have been successfully passed, and dissertation prospectus has been successfully defended. Approval will depend on:

  • the quality of the applicant's graduate work prior to the time the application is made (see the Degree Requirements in this catalog);
  • the removal of any special conditions; and
  • the certification of the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs (ADGP) that the student is well qualified to continue work toward a degree.

Complete  the Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree form for the EdD and submit it to the Educational Leadership, Policy & Technology Studies department in the College of Education. The department-approved candidacy form will be forwarded to the Graduate School for final approval.

Time limit for doctoral study

Doctoral programs of study may include appropriate coursework that has been earned six years prior to the date of the student's admission to the doctoral program. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of the date of the student's admission to and enrollment in the doctoral program. Additional information is in the Degree Requirements section below.

Curriculum

Coursework including dissertation for the EdD for Nurse Educators programs can be completed in four years.

EdD Sample Program of Study – subject to revision

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BEF 6443AEL 6673AIL 604 (online)3
AIL 6003AIL 6023BER 6403
NUR 5313BER 5403 
 9 9 6
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5323AHE 6033BEF 6413
NUR 6203NUR 5404AEL 6813
BER 6313BEP 5413 
 9 10 6
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
AEL 6953NUR 6963AEL 6993
BER 6323AHE 6103 
 Comprehensive Exams  
 6 6 3
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
AEL 6993AEL 6993AEL 6993
 3 3 3
Total Hours: 73