District LeadershipContact an advisor


The District Leadership Program is a 21 credit hour program that allows an individual to obtain a district-level license to lead a school district in the state of Kansas. This program provides an opportunity for persons who currently hold a Kansas professional building leadership license to participate in advanced graduate training that leads to positions as a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, or Special Education Director. Throughout the state of Kansas, there are many completers of the Wichita State program who are employed in these professional roles. In addition to the prescribed coursework of five seminars and a year-long internship working with a practicing professional, candidates must take and submit a passing score on the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA). The SSA is based on standards adopted by the Kansas State Department of Education which include knowledge, performance, and dispositions necessary for a district-level school leadership position.

Program Requirements

The District School Administrator Program consists of 21 graduate hours. The courses include:

  • EL 884 (3): Leadership in Vision, Collaboration, Planning
  • EL 953 (3): Financial Support of Education
  • EL 956 (3): Human Services Leadership
  • EL 963 (3): Policy and Politics in Educational Leadership
  • EL 964 (3): Administration and Supervision of Special Education
  • EL 992 (6): Superintendency/Internship

Once a candidate successfully completes all course work and program requirements, the licensure office at Wichita State will assist the candidate with their request for licensure.

» Download a course sequence sheet

Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the District Leadership Program you must submit to the Graduate School:

  •  A completed graduate school application
  •  Official transcript from a regional accredited university where the applicant received a master’s degree in Educational Building Leadership is required
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 for graduate coursework leading to the master’s degree

You must also submit the following items to the Department:

  • Resume that indicates three years of employment/experience in an accredited school system.
  • Three recommendations from supervisors and/or professional peers of which at least one must be from a supervisor who attests to the prospective candidate's potential as a leader and who shows promise for leading a school district or special education unit.
  • Evidence of a professional building leadership license.
  • Professional Goal Statement: A 500 word professional goal statement that presents the prospective candidate's leadership experience (formal/informal; professional/non-professional). The applicant must be specific as to his/her leadership experience detailing the goals and outcomes of the applicant's leadership experience. The statement will be analyzed for evidence of leadership ability and writing skill.

Apply now