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Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration at KU Edwards Campus

The doctoral degree in educational administration* at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus consists of 45 (or 39) credit hours of coursework, including an extensive field-based practicum, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation - all of which can be completed within three to four years. This blended, cohort-model superintendent preparation program fulfills the academic requirements necessary for state licensure endorsement at the district level, and is designed to accommodate working educators. Enrolled full-time students are able to complete the program within three academic years.

Graduate students will learn from expert scholars and practitioners, as well as fellow classmates, who bring diverse leadership experiences to the superintendent preparation program at KU. The program stresses fundamental knowledge and educational policy development necessary for effective leadership. Taught by a mix of full-time tenure track faculty members who are experts in their field. Complemented by practitioners who were leaders in their districts. The program is rigorous. Students will learn to be executive leaders.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in educational administration at KU is open to individuals who hold valid teaching credentials or private school administrators. Though initial teaching licensure is a prerequisite for some administrative positions (usually in public schools), it is not a universal requirement.

The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Dependable Program Structure – Cohort-based coursework that combines face-to-face sessions and field experiences in the student’s home district that make it the perfect options for the working professional.
  • Dual Programming – Upon completion of the program, graduates will have achieved both a doctorate degree in educational administration at KU and also have satisfied the requirements for district-level administrative licensure. It’s a two-for-one graduate program for aspiring district leaders.
  • Legacy of Preparation – The doctorate degree in educational administration at KU is stable and time-tested. The doctoral cohort program has been in operation for many years, and we have a historical commitment to the Kansas City metropolitan area which will be maintained.
  • Program Reputation – Ed.D. in Educational Administration at KU is offered through the School of Education, which recently ranked 8th in the nation was according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools.
  • Professional Network – The program is constructed around a cohort group of students who enter and progress as a class. Instructors and fellow graduate students will offer a broad-based knowledge of the field, which builds a sense of connection for your educational leadership doctorate program.

Learn more about the structure of our educational leadership doctorate program at KU in Overland Park.

*This program is a doctor of education degree in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis in district-level educational administration.

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Kim Huggett
Graduate Student Services Manager