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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5525
785-532-7304 fax
edcoll@k-state.edu

For more information about the Educational Leadership graduate program:

Dr. David Thompson
thomsond@k-state.edu

Educational Leadership Graduate Programs

The College of Education offers a full program of educational leadership graduate studies culminating in the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees. The programmatic focus is on developing leaders in educational settings, with an emphasis on P-12 settings. For most graduates, program focus leads to professional building or district licensure as a school principal or superintendent.


Master of Science in Educational Leadership

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Leadership is a professional degree program principally for preparing skilled practitioners. Students who desire a building-level (principal) endorsement should select this degree/program to meet the requirements of the state of Kansas for professional licensure. Additionally, students who intend to assume other significant leadership roles in public schools, apart from professional licensure, should consider this degree.

This program is available online – learn more at K-State Global Campus.


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is a professional degree program principally for preparing skilled practitioners. Students who do not already hold a district-level (superintendent) endorsement may tailor course work in their emphasis area to meet that license requirement. Each student’s program of study is individualized with the approval of the major professor and the supervisory committee to optimize the student’s interests, expertise, and goals.


Leadership Endorsements for Licensure

Kansas State University offers licensing/endorsement programs for school leadership – Building (Principal) and District (Superintendent). 

Building Leadership

This license qualifies you to be a building principal at the PK–12 level. You must have a graduate degree, complete the requirements for the Building Leadership program with a 3.25 or higher GPA, have a current Professional Teaching License and pass the PRAXIS subject assessment test. You must also have 3 years of experience in the school while on a Professional License. Like the Teaching License, you begin your Leadership career with a two-year Initial License.

District Leadership

This license qualifies you to be a District Superintendent at the PK–12 level. You must have a graduate degree, complete the requirements for the District Leadership program with a 3.25 or higher GPA, have a current Professional Teaching License and pass the PRAXIS subject assessment test. You must also have 3 years of experience in the school while on a Professional License. Like the Teaching License, you begin your leadership career with a two-year Initial License. Students who already hold a master’s degree in educational leadership may apply those degree hours toward this license.

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Degrees:

Master of Science (M.S.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Endorsements:

Building Leadership Licensure
District Leadership Licensure

Department:

Educational Leadership

Course Delivery:

Manhattan Campus; Online – hybrid style with web enhanced components and face-to-face sessions or synchronous videoconferencing sessions.

Tuition Information:

See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.