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Instructional Leadership, concentration in Nurse Education


Program Overview

The interdisciplinary course of study prepares practicing nurses for faculty positions in colleges and universities.

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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 four weekend meetings on campus each semester (Friday evening and all day Saturday).

  • Application DeadlineAugust 1
  • Required For EntranceRN licensure, 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

  • AEL 667 Multicultural and Social Education for Leadership Personnel
  • AIL 600 Integration of Technology in Education and Training
  • NUR 531 Nursing Faculty Roles and Responsibilities

Spring I

  • BEF 644 Philosophy of Science and its Relation to Education
  • AIL 602 Electronic Instructional Design
  • NHM 580 Research Statistics for Health Professionals

Summer I

  • BER 631 Inquiry as Interpretation
  • BEP 541 Learning Theories and Design of Learning Environments
  • BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education

Fall II

  • NUR 532 Instructional Media in Nursing Education
  • AEL 620 Curriculum: Theory and Practice
  • AIL 604 Distance Technologies

Spring II

  • AHE 603 College and University Teaching
  • NUR 540 Nurse Educator Practicum

Summer II

  • AEL 671 Survey of Instructional Supervision
  • NUR 696 Seminar in Quantitative Research (Students may take this or BER 632)

Fall III

  • BEF 641 Studies in the Social Foundations of Education
  • BER 632 Qual II (Students may take this or NUR 696)

Spring III

  • AEL 681 Ethics and Education
  • AEL 699 Dissertation Research

View more information about this program through the University’s catalog.

Students must pass a comprehensive exam to graduate from the program.

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

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 August 1.


Gary Vaden
Admissions Counselor
Bama By Distance
(800) 467-0227
Shannon Cason
Coordinator of Student Recruitment
(205) 348-7683
Dr. Vivian H. Wright
Professor and Nurse Education Program Coordinator
College of Education

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