Ed.D. in Educational Administration at KU

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Program Overview

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:

  • Superintendent
  • 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.

Thinking about educational administration?

Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, affordability options, and perhaps what to expect during your time on campus once you have become a Jayhawk.

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.

EdD or PhD


Emphasizes the knowledge and skills to prepare scholars to be a faculty member or a researcher at a college, university, or related agency. The focus is on developing the academic and methodological skills necessary to equip students for faculty positions in higher education or research positions in related agencies.


Designed for current practitioners who see themselves advancing in leadership of PK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and related agencies. The focus of this program is the application of theory to practice. Courses are taught in a hybrid fashion, both online and in person, outside of the practitioners contractual work day.


Public School of Education & Human Sciences
Average number of students admitted per cohort

Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of Kansas
School of Education and Human Sciences
Joseph R. Pearson Hall , Rm. 421
1122 West Campus Rd.
Lawrence , Kansas 66045-3101