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Doctorate in Educational Administration at KU

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The Ed.D. in Educational Administration* at the University of Kansas School of Education consists of 42 credit hours of coursework, an extensive field-based practicum, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation - all of which can be completed within three to four years.  This cohort-model program fulfills the academic requirements necessary for state licensure endorsement at the district level, and is designed to accommodate working educators. If 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.

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.
  • Program Reputation - Ed.D. in Educational Administration at KU is offered through the School of Education, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation 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 the program 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.
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

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*This program is a doctor of education degree in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis in educational administration. The program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. Resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas can be found here.

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This program is available at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park! Learn more»
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Professor Lisa Wolf-Wendel is president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
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