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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult Learning and Leadership (Ed.D.)

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The Doctor of Education degree in Adult Learning and Leadership offered through the Educational Leadership  graduate program requires a minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate, graduate credit hours. With the approval of the supervisory committee, up to 30 graduate hours earned as part of the Master’s degree may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts documenting their bachelor’s degree, documenting their master’s degree and any other graduate level coursework completed.
  • Professional history and goal statement (between 5 and 10 pages in length, double-spaced)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample as defined on this website: https://coe.k-state.edu/academics/program-areas/adult-learning-leadership/doctoral.html
  • Three professional references with name, institution or company, position and email address

Contact information for graduate program coordinator alearnlead@ksu.edu.

Course Requirements

Students who hold a Master’s degree may request transfer of up to 30 hours of that degree toward a Doctoral degree.

Required Academic Core Courses

Students without a master’s degree in adult education must take these courses in addition to the 90 credit hours in the doctoral degree, as determined by the supervisory committee.


Minimum of 15 credit hours from the following list or equivalent as approved by supervisory committee:


Select electives appropriate to the area of emphasis that satisfy the minimum 90 credit hours for the program. EDACE prefix, additional quantitative/qualitative research courses or other disciplines at K-State and approved by the supervisory committee.


 6 required credits.

Doctoral Research

Minimum of 12 hours.


Residency Requirement: Doctoral students must complete two residency courses on campus. These two EDACE courses will be offered in the summer months in an online and 1-week on-campus intensive format.

Preliminary Exam: The dissertation proposal is the preliminary exam.  The written portion is the first three chapters of the dissertation, and the oral defense is conducted at the proposal meeting with the supervisory committee.

Dissertation Requirements: After successfully completing the comprehensive exam, students must enroll in 1 credit hours of dissertation per semester, excluding summer semester, until the dissertation is complete. After minimum number of doctoral research hours listed on program of study are completed, a student must enroll in 1 hour per semester, excluding summer semester, until the dissertation is completed.

Total Hours Required for Doctorate: 90

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