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Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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For more information about the Educational Leadership graduate program:

Dr. David Thompson

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. Contact the Educational Leadership department for current district license requirements.

The student’s Ed.D. program is directed by a minimum of five members of the university graduate faculty, including a major professor with substantial expertise in the area of emphasis, two other faculty members with strengths in the area of emphasis, one faculty member outside the student’s specialization, and one faculty member, appointed by the dean of the Graduate School, from another curriculum within the College of Education who serves as the chair of the examination committee for the oral defense of the dissertation.

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.

Required Curriculum (94 credit hours)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 94 post-baccalaureate, graduate credit hours. With the approval of the supervisory committee, up to 30 graduate hours earned as part of the master’s degree may be used to satisfy the degree requirements. All courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Prerequisite: EDCEP 816 – Research Methods in Education (or other approved course) (waived if in MS degree)

Foundations (12 credits)
  • EDLEA 801 – Ethical Dimensions of Educational Leadership
  • EDLEA 810 – Historical and Philosophical Analysis of Leadership in Education
  • EDLEA 845 – Leadership for Diverse Populations
  • EDLEA 928 – Organizational Leadership in Education
Research Courses (15 credits)
  • EDCEP 817 – Statistical Methods in Education (or other approved course)
  • EDLEA 838 – Qualitative Research in Education
  • Advanced research methods concentration (9 credits)
Area of Emphasis (45 credits)
  • Transfer from master's degree (30 credits maximum)
  • Electives (15 credits, or as approved by the supervisory committee)
Clinical Experience (minimum 6 credits)
  • EDLEA 991 – Doctoral Internship in Educational Leadership
Dissertation Research (16 credits)
  • EDLEA 999 – Research in Educational Leadership

Clinical Experience

  1. Purpose. Objectives, activities, and outcomes for the clinical experience/internship are commonly determined by the major professor (advisor) in consultation with the student. The supervisory committee may be involved as needed. The clinical experience is intended to provide the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge base in educational leadership to the problems of practice and to receive feedback and support for the improvement of individual performance. The clinical experience is individualized and is based on the student’s previous training and experience as well as future career plans.
  2. Major Thrusts. The clinical experience may have one of three major thrusts:
    • Training Clinics – Clinics are direct and exacting efforts that are extensively coordinated and monitored. In-house activities could include micro-management, case studies, assessment centers, conferences, programmed activities, film analysis, simulations, coaching, role playing, in-basket exercises, or other activities.
    • Research and Development Projects – Solving practical problems necessitates developing, adapting, testing, refining, and re-testing procedures and/or products. This is the sort of activity usually described as research and development. University supervisors will facilitate the activities, including orientation, communication, adaptation, and training.
    • On-Site Practica – The practice of educational leadership at a selected location is referred to as a site practicum. The activity has four purposes: (1) to provide an opportunity for professional growth of the student; (2) to provide an opportunity for assessment of the student with regard to potential by the student, the training university, and other educational leadership practitioners; (3) to provide for articulation between the training institution and the practice of educational leadership; and (4) to provide career legitimization and socialization in the field.
    • Supervision – The major professor will serve as clinical supervisor and will work with the student to ensure that the institutional requirements for a successful experience are fulfilled.
  3. Internship Guidelines. To enhance the training experiences of prospective educational leaders, the Department of Educational Leadership has adopted the following guidelines addressing doctoral degree internships:
    • Students seeking a doctoral degree through the Department of Educational Leadership shall serve an internship assignment conforming to current NCATE and Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) standards.
    • Students seeking a degree through the department shall complete an internship containing at least the following requirements:
      1. For internship purposes, the student shall complete a directed experience and shall complete the number of hours required by the internship block.
      2. The student’s total internship experience should contain exposure to a multi-cultural setting in which time spent in such location should comprise 25% or more of total required clock hours’ experience. An acceptable multicultural setting is any approved organization in which the ethnic/ racial/economic diversity composition is 25% or more.
      3. The student’s internship portfolio should contain evidence of the multicultural portion of the internship experience.
      4. The major professor shall review and approve all internship experiences.

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the faculty in the graduate program. Applicants seeking admission to this master’s degree program must submit the information noted below. Before starting the online application, gather all information and documents for all of the admission requirements so that they can be uploaded into the application system. All materials must be received before review will begin.

  • A completed online Graduate School Application
    • Go to the Kansas State University Graduate School application for admission page. Follow the prompts for completing the application process.
    • Application Deadlines:
      • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents – Applications are accepted throughout the year.
      • International Students – The online application, application fee, test scores, transcripts, financial documents, and all required application materials need to be submitted by the following dates:
        • January 1 for fall (August) enrollment
        • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
        • December 1 for summer (June) enrollment
  • Graduate School Application Fee
    • Domestic Students – A $65 application fee is required for all domestic students; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
    • International Students – A $75 application fee is required; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • You must upload into the online application system a scanned copy (PDF preferred) of the official transcript(s) from each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree(s) and completed any post baccalaureate course work or degrees. Transcripts become part of your records at Kansas State University and cannot be returned. Please be aware that printouts from university student portals are not considered a copy of your official transcript. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits. Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.
  • Statement of Goals and Professional Experience
    • You must upload into the online application system a 1-2 page statement that includes the following information:
      • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit your goals and aspirations;
      • our reasons for seeking this degree
      • Any research interests
      • Past and present employment within education or related fields;
      • Future professional plans;
      • If you have a request for a certain advisor, indicate that preference in the statement.
  • MAT or GRE Test Scores
    • Each applicant must submit scores taken within the past five years on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Priority for admission is given to applicants who have a score of 405 or higher on the MAT, or scores at the 50th percentile or higher on each part of the GRE. Applicants with one or more scores below the 50th percentile on either the MAT or GRE may be considered for probationary admission if there is credible evidence of potential for success, such as a strong academic record.
    • The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) – Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepared for the test. To learn more about the MAT, find study resources, or sign up for an MAT practice test, go to this website: www.milleranalogies.com. A candidate information booklet and a MAT Study Guide are also available at that website.
    • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – This exam has three parts: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Applicants are strongly encouraged to go to the GRE website to become familiar with the three exams, identify ways to prepare for the exam, and to register to take the exam. The GRE website is: http://www.ets.org/gre. When registering for the GRE, you will be asked to record codes for where you want your scores sent and for the field of study of your intended graduate program. Use the following codes on the GRE registration form when applying to this degree program:
      • Institutional code for Kansas State University: 6334
      • Field of Study: Educational Administration 3001
  • Letters of Recommendation and Evidence of Successful Teaching
    • Three letters of recommendation are needed from college or university educators and/or colleagues or supervisors who are qualified to address your professional skills and your potential for success in the graduate program. Enter the names and email addresses of the recommenders into the appropriate area in the online application. Applicants not possessing teacher education background should contact the department to determine alternative criteria.
  • A Completed Ed.D. Admission Standards Form
    • Applicants must complete the Ed.D. Admission Standards form (PDF). This is a self-assessment by applicants of their standing in relation to selected admission criteria. The form is available as part of the CollegeNet application process.
  • An Interview
    • Once all application materials have been received, the department will contact the applicant to schedule an interview. Interviews are conducted once each semester (fall and spring only). Interview dates and a list of standard interview questions can be obtained in the Educational Leadership department office, 363 Bluemont Hall, or call 785-532-5535 or email foxksu@k-state.edu.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System - academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English. Enter your scores in the online application and upload the report of your scores.
    • Learn more about English proficiency requirements at: http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/international/

International applicants must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of domestic students. When applying for admission, international applicants must provide an Affidavit of Financial Support and documentation of English language proficiency. Detailed information about these issues is provided at the Graduate School Application Process for International Students website.

Review Process

  1. Applicant completes the online graduate application. This includes paying the application fee and uploading all additional documentation that is required.
  2. Once the online application has been completed and all needed additional documentation has been provided, the graduate program to which the student is applying will review the application and make an admission recommendation to the Graduate School.
  3. The Graduate School reviews the application and the recommendation from the department. The Graduate School then sends an official decision letter to the applicant.
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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Leadership



Course Delivery:

Manhattan Campus

Tuition Information:

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

Additional Information

Program Booklet (PDF)
Admissions Self-Survey (PDF)
Alignment Matrix (PDF)
District Leadership Student
Learning Report (PDF)
Online Assessment Forms

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Qualitative Research Graduate Certificate

District Leadership Licensure

Master of Science in Educational Leadership