May 25, 2022  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership

363 Bluemont Hall
Fax: 532-7304

Department Chair:

David C. Thompson

Directors of Graduate Studies:

Royce Ann Collins (Adult & Continuing Education, MS)
Frank Spikes (Adult & Continuing Education, Phd/EdD)
David Thompson (Educational Leadership, MS & EdD)

Graduate Faculty:

*Royce Ann Collins, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Mary Devin, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Judith Favor, Ph.D., University of Kansas
*Sarah Jane Fishback, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Haijun Kang, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
James Martin, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
*Teresa Northern Miller, Ed.D., Kansas State University
*Cheryl J. Polson, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Charles I. Rankin, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Trudy Salsberry, Ph.D., University of Illinois
*Robert J. Shoop, Ph.D., University of Michigan
*W. Franklin Spikes, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
*David C. Thompson, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
Andrew J. Wefald, Ph.D., Kansas State Unversity
Susan Yelich-Biniecki, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
*Jeffrey T. Zacharakis, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University

*Denotes graduate faculty who are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

Graduate Faculty Associates:

Deb Gustafson, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Nancy Kiltz, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Scott P. Myers, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Beverly Page, MLIS, University of Oklahoma 
John M. Persyn, M.S., Kansas State University
Dana Reinert, M.A., Kansas State University

Adjunct Graduate Faculty:

Carolyn Carlson, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Gloria Dye, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Cari D. Lott, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Michael Rettig, Ph.D., University of Kansas

Emeritus Graduate Faculty:

Gerald Bailey, David Byrne, Charles Litz, Robert Meisner, Charles Oaklief, Tweed Ross, G. Kent Stewart, Alfred Wilson



For admission requirements, please see the Education catalog page.

Program description

The Department of Educational Leadership offers several degrees within two programs: educational leadership, and adult and continuing education. Courses leading to the Master’s degree and Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership may also lead to licensure as a building administrator (principal) or a district school administrator (superintendent). Cooperation with other departments in the College of Education allows the department to offer additional licensure, such as special education directorships. Other leadership positions in educational organizations are also enhanced by masters and/or doctoral degrees in educational leadership.

Three degrees are offered within the adult and continuing education program, including: (1) the Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education, designed to prepare practitioners for careers in a variety of adult education settings; (2) the Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education, designed to prepare scholars for careers in college and university settings; and (3) the Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education, designed to provide advanced education and experience by preparing people for work in business, industry, government, health services, community agencies, and careers in two- and four-year colleges and universities. Courses focus on issues related to planning, developing, delivering, or facilitating instruction for adult learners. Courses in the adult education program also support the master’s degree, Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. The graduate programs are compatible with a variety of delivery settings where the following specializations and support areas are required or desired: adult and continuing education, extension education, human resource development, community education and development, and institutions, agencies, and organizations that deal primarily with adult needs and education.


Doctor of Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Graduate Certificate


Adult and Continuing Education

Educational Leadership

Leadership Studies