Program Overview

The Educational Leadership Program prepares its students to become building, district, and teacher leaders in public, independent, and parochial schools, state agencies, and higher education. Students gain a deep understanding of school leadership as they explore concepts, share ideas, develop relationships, and make discoveries. They come to know educational agencies, the complexity of schools, challenges of educational problems, and intricacies of change. Through course work and rich, experiential learning in schools where students are employed, they develop evidence and research-based leadership to contribute to the transformation of education and enhancement of student learning.

The summer residency program enables the development of deep, meaningful relationships, which are extended through on-line synchronous and asychronous learning.

The summer residency dates and courses for Summer 2017 are as follows:

  • EDUC 804 Research 1 offered July 10-21
  • EDUC 903 Publication Writing offered July 10-21

Each student will need two weeks of classes to complete EDUC 804 and 903. One course in research and another in writing elements is required for the two-week residency.

Each course continues for one week. During the scheduled time period, the course starts in the morning at 8:15 AM and then ends at 4:45 PM. Assignments extend into the evening, before and beyond the residency for the completion of a significant project in the research course and the writing course.

Accomplished faculty create engaging, meaningful learning enabling degree completion in three years for those starting the program with a master's degree and five years for those entering the program with a bachelor's degree.

The Ed.D. program is designed through course work, research, and mentored, professional activities for seeking licensure in building, district, or teacher leadership. For some leaders who have acquired the level of licensure desired for their career, this program can serve as the path to a doctoral degree.

The program is developed and approved for licensed educational practitioners who seek Kansas licensure in building and district leadership. Your credentials must show that you are licensed as a K-12 educator.

For information about licensure programs associated with the doctorate degree or the Ed.D. academic programs, connect with us via email at or telephone, 316.866.3372.


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