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Doctor of Education (EdD) in
Instructional Leadership, concentration in Nurse Education


Program Overview

This doctoral program offered by the Capstone College of Nursing and the College of Education prepares practicing nurses for faculty positions in colleges and universities.

  • Program Format

  • Credit Hours

    Coursework: 48 Dissertation: 12
  • Tuition Per Hour


In response to the pressing need to educate a new generation of nurses, UA offers an EdD for Nurse Educators.

Courses are designed and taught collaboratively by Nursing and Education faculty to ensure that students develop the teaching skills, research base, curricular knowledge, and technological expertise needed by faculty in community college and university settings.

Because most students who enroll in the program work full time, coursework is offered in a convenient format. The program combines online courses with just one weekend meeting on campus fall and spring semesters (Friday evening and all day Saturday). Courses are offered online for summer semester.

  • Application DeadlineJuly 1
  • Required For EntranceRN licensure, BSN, MSN
  • Other Program SpecificsCohort-based program


Below is sample curriculum in which the program could be completed in three years. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Fall I

  • NUR 531 Nursing Faculty Roles and Responsibilities
  • BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education
  • BEP 541 Learning and Cognition

Spring I

  • BER 631 Inquiry as Interpretation: Qualitative I
  • NUR 532 Instructional Media in Nursing Education
  • BEF 667 (AEL) Multicultural and Social Education for Leadership Personnel

Summer I

  • BEF 681 (AEL) Ethics and Education
  • BEF 641 Studies in the Social Foundations of Education

Fall II

  • AIL 600 Integration of Technology in Education and Training
  • BER 632 Reflect Resist: Qualitative II
  • BER 695 (AEL) Seminar in Curriculum and Leadership

Spring II

  • BER 640 Advanced Statistical Methods in Education
  • NUR 620 Curriculum: Theory and Practice
  • AHE 603 College and University Teaching

Summer II

  • AIL 604 Distance Technologies
  • NUR 696 Doctoral Seminar in Research
  • Comprehensive Exams

Fall III

  • AIL 699 Dissertation Research

View more information about this program in the Graduate Catalog. All doctoral students are required to complete a plan of study with their faculty member.

Advance Your Career in Nurse Education

The Capstone College of Nursing and the College of Education at The University of Alabama have partnered to offer a research doctorate that prepares future faculty of nursing for college or university settings.


Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, a 3.0 average for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • A BSN from an accredited degree program
  • An MSN from an accredited degree program
  • An unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student will practice
  • Final admission is contingent upon approved drug and background screen results deemed acceptable by appropriate University officials

The above requirements are for unconditional admission. An applicant whose credentials do not meet the above requirements may be considered for conditional admission.

The application deadline is July 1 for Fall admission.

EdD Instructional Leadership – Nurse Education:

  • Begin your graduate application through the UA Graduate School
    • For “Program Type” select Distance (Online/Blended/Gadsden)
    • For “Select degree type” use the drop-down menu to select Doctoral
    • For “Select course of study” use the drop-down menu to select Instructional Leadership EDD
      • Note: Please ensure that you select the appropriate program name and degree type from the list.
    • A new drop-down menu will appear for “Select your concentration, if applicable” – use the drop-down menu to select Nurse Education
    • For “Campus” select Distance Learning


Hannah Homan
Admissions Representative
UA Online
(800) 467-0227
Gavien Rutledge, M. Ed
Coordinator of Student Recruitment and Retention
EdD Nurse Educator Program, College of Education
(205) 348-7683
Dr. Doug McKnight
Professor and Nurse Education Program Coordinator
College of Education

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