K-12 Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
The K-12 concentration prepares you for a position as a principal, superintendent, or other school site district administrators.
As a student enrolled in the PK-12 Educational Leadership concentration, you’ll explore your role as a leader, and build upon and extend your competence in the following areas as they relate to educational leadership: organizational analysis, educational change and reform, school law, public school finance, curriculum design and evaluation for administrators, school personnel administration, and educational policy. You will participate in field-based experiences as part of your courses. Through an inquiry-driven approach, you will engage in research for your dissertation that is applied, meaningful, and informs the schools and districts where you work. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to successfully form and work in teams, systematically reflect upon their work as leaders, and deeply understand their responsibility to lead ethically, justly, and compassionately as they engage in a lifelong search for truth and partner with others along the way.
The Doctor of Education program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for PK-12 administration licenses. Students who have successfully completed the 24 credits in the Superintendent/ District Leadership Licensure Program will then complete 30 credits through the Doctoral Completion Program to complete the K-12 Educational Leadership, Ed.D..
- 54 credit program: 24 credits from Superintendent/ District Leadership Licensure Program and 30 credits through Doctoral Completion Program, culminating in Ed.D. and dissertation.
- You will take a series of courses, two at a time with research courses introduced early to provide a foundation for study and your own research.
- To see the 24 credits of Superintendent/ District Leadership Licensure Program.
- To see the 30 credits of Doctoral Completion Program.
- Courses are offered on weekends in Madison at the Edgewood College Monroe Street Campus. We also make use of online resources to accommodate busy schedules. Classes begin in August.
For over 19 years, the Ed.D. Program at Edgewood College has guided students to successful dissertation defense and degree completion. Our graduation rate is about 80%, well-above the national average. One element to helping students succeed lies in the dissertation support they receive.
- Each student is paired with a dissertation advisor during the Applied Research courses wherein the dissertation advisor, research faculty, and student work together to craft the research question(s) and align methodology.
- The dissertation advisor and student continue to work together through dissertation defense, but along the way, other committee members join to offer support.
- Each student receives a dissertation editor who is skilled in APA, grammar, and academic writing that will provide feedback to ensure readiness for the dissertation proposal and defense.
- Students also receive fully formed dissertation committees, and extensive program support in scheduling proposal and defense meetings.