The Ed.D. in Educational Administration* at the University of Kansas prepares students to be PK-12 school district-level leaders and is designed to accommodate working educators. Taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their field, the program stresses fundamental knowledge and educational policy development necessary for effective leadership. Graduates fulfill the academic requirements necessary for state licensure endorsement in school district level administration.
Courses are delivered in online/hybrid format with in-person meetings four Saturdays per semester alternating between the Edwards and Lawrence campuses. Students who qualify for the MetroKC Tuition Rate should enroll in the Ed.D. in Educational Administration through KU Edwards Campus and complete a MetroKC Application.
Career Outcomes in Educational Administration
Students pursue the Ed.D. in educational administration at KU with varying career goals in mind. Ed.D. students should expect coursework to introduce them to the most current research and thinking in the field as well as how to apply that knowledge to their work. Students learn in a cohort model in which they interact with and learn from students with diverse backgrounds, work experiences, and contexts. In addition, the program emphasizes research skills that will be useful in completing a dissertation of practice as well as in their jobs where data-driven decision making is crucial.” Potential position titles after graduation could include:
- Associate Superintendent
- Assistant Superintendent
- Director-level Administrator in Special Education, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Business.
*This program is a doctor of education degree in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis in educational administration.
Ed.D. or Ph.D.
The Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs are typically distinguished by the outcome goals of each program. Both degrees are considered terminal degrees, meaning the highest degree one can achieve in the field of education.