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

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

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Offered by the Educational Leadership  graduate program, the Doctor of Education in educational leadership is a professional degree program principally for preparing skilled practitioners. Students who do not already hold a district-level (superintendent) endorsement may tailor course work in their emphasis area to meet that license requirement. Contact the Educational Leadership program for current district license requirements.

The student’s Ed.D. program is directed by a minimum of five members of the university graduate faculty, including a major professor with substantial expertise in the area of emphasis, two other faculty members with strengths in the area of emphasis, one faculty member outside the student’s specialization, and one faculty member, appointed by the dean of the Graduate School, from another curriculum within the College of Education who serves as the chair of the examination committee for the oral defense of the dissertation.

Each student’s program of study is individualized with the approval of the major professor and the supervisory committee to optimize the student’s interests, expertise, and goals.

Doctoral Degree Requirements (90 credit hours)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership 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. All courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Prerequisite: EDCEP 816 Research Methods in Education (or other approved course) (waived if in MS degree)

Research Courses (15 credit hours)

Area of Emphasis (42 credit hours)

  • Transfer from master’s degree Credits: (30 max)
  • Electives Credits: (12 or as approved)

Clinical Experience (minimum 6 credits)

Dissertation Research (12 credit hours)

Requirements for KSU/WU Collaborative Program Only (94 credit hours)

First-level Priority Admissions—School District Leadership (52 credit hours)

WU Collaborative Transfer (12-18 credit hours)

EA 595 Practicum in Education Administration Credits:  3
EA 596 Human Resource Management Credits:  3
EA 597 School Planning and Facilities Credits:  3
EA 598 The District Leader Credits:  3


Second-level Priority Admission—Other Leadership Designations
EA xxx Appropriate courses as committee-approved Credits:  12-18

Transfer Credit

Students with a masters degree may transfer up to 30 hrs as approved by the supervisory committee.

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