Educational Leadership

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EdD of Educational Leadership Graduating Class of 2016 with advisor Dr. Jean Patterson


"The most advantageous aspect of the program for me and my district was the field study. I learned how to conduct field research in preparation for my dissertation and developed professional relationships that exist today. My district was able to design a study with no expense and no bias."

Degree Programs

Wichita State University offers two degress programs in Educational Leadership:

JPEG Image Master's in Educational Leadership (33 credit hour program)

WSU’s innovative Master's Degree in Educational Leadership is designed using cohort groups. You begin your program with a cohort who becomes your "learning family" for the next two years. No longer will you attend a set of loosely-related classes which may not seem pertinent to what you do daily as an administrator in "the real world". In this program, you begin work "in the real world" from your very first meeting. From the beginning, you will be working with your mentor (usually your building principal) in assessing your own strengths and weaknesses, and identifying strengths and weaknesses in your school. You will capitalize on these strengths and build on the weaknesses-individually and organizationally-throughout your program.

JPEG Image Doctorate in Educational Leadership (55 credit hour program)

  • Cohort-based – 10-12 students begin the program during Summer session. Classes meet in person every Wednesday from 12:00pm - 6:00pm during the academic year. Summer courses are offered in hybrid format.
  • Three-year, 55 hour program: Students take two years of coursework together and the third year is dedicated to the dissertation.
  • Students and faculty conduct research projects for local educational institutions. Results of the studies are disseminated to local, state, and national audiences through presentations and publications.
  • Significant support is provided through the dissertation process and consequently we have a very high completion rate.

Graduate Certificates

WSU Educational Leadership offers three graduate certificate programs:

JPEG Image Building Leadership Licensure

WSU’s offers a pathway for current educators holding a Master’s degree in an education related field (e.g. curriculum and instruction, school counseling, etc.) and currently employed in preK-12 education to be recommended for Building Licensure.

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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.

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This graduate certificate program is designed to prepare current and prospective college or university staff members for entry-mid level positions as administrators in two- and four-year colleges and universities,policy makers, and student affairs professionals in higher education to provide selected course work/degrees for individuals currently in the field.

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