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Ed.D. Curriculum in Educational Administration Prepares Leaders

KU’s Ed.D. in Educational Administration offers you a graduate program that supports a rather wide range of career opportunities for leadership positions within a PK-12 school district. Depending on your educational administration career aspirations you will develop a demonstrated understanding of content and skills that have been aligned with universally-recognized standards such as the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. Students in the program come from a wide variety of school districts and bring with them a wealth of information and experiences. This diversity enriches the program as students often learn from their colleagues as well as from the professors. 

The doctorate degree in Educational Administration course sequence builds upon itself as you progress through the program: 

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ELPS 956 District Leadership 3
ELPS 948 Research in Educational Policy & Leadership 3
ELPS 953 District Human Resources Management 3
ELPS 871 Qualitative Research Methods 3
ELPS 954 Sociology of Educational Organizations 3
EPSY 870 Quantitative Methods for Research 3
C&T 903 Curriculum Supervision 3
ELPS ___ District Strategic Planning Course 3
ELPS 957 Educational Policy, Ethics & Law 3
ELPS 955 District Business Management 3
ELPS 951 Supervision of Instruction 3
ELPS 958 American Educational Reform Movements 3
  Licensure Only Track (Additional Requirement)  
ELPS 995 Field Experience 3
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 39
  Degree Seeking Track (Additional Requirements)  
ELPS 969 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar  
ELPS 999 Dissertation Credit Hours  
  MINIMUM PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS 45

Individuals who have completed an Educational Specialist degree program and have already earned district level licensure endorsement are not required to complete ELPS 995: District Level Field Experience.

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