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

In this program, nurses that have an MSN degree enter the program to earn a Doctorate in Education (EdD) for Nurse Educators. Coursework for this distance learning program can be completed in three years of full-time study through a blended format of online courses and campus meetings around once a month each semester on Friday evenings and Saturdays. The dissertation must be completed no later than nine years after first enrollment. At this point the student then completes a 12 credit hour dissertation project.

The curriculum supports the competencies for nurse educators specified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing (SCCEN).

This unique program has the advantage of offering competitive tuition rates with no out-of-state costs. Distance learning tuition rates found at http://bamabydistance.ua.edu/financial-aid-scholarships/tuition.php.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Vivian Wright



Dr. Patricia Carter

Academic Assistant Dean

Dr. Doug McKnight

Professor, Educational Leadership & Foundations of Education

Laura Ballard

Program Support


Shannon Cason

Coordinator of Student Recruitment