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.
Application deadline - The priority application deadline for all 2020 PK-12 Leadership cohorts is June 15. Applications received after June 15 will be reviewed and accepted on a space-available basis.
- Complete and submit the Ed.D. application (Contact your admission counselor to find out how to apply for free.).
- Provide evidence of a master's degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
- To qualify for the superintendent license, you must supply evidence of eligibility to hold a teacher or pupil services license in Wisconsin and demonstrate appropriate experience.
- Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
- Provide two letters of recommendation. Letters must attest to the applicant's ability to collaborate with colleagues and be successful as an educational leader. Letters should be mailed directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies, 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI 53711.
- Submit a letter of intent including a brief statement of the reason for pursuing the advanced educational leadership licensing, and a brief discussion about how the program can help the applicant reach personal and professional goals.
- Provide a resume or curriculum vitae that includes: but it not limited to the areas listed below:
- Education: Major(s), schools attended, degrees obtained and dates of attendance
- Professional positions held
Applicants may also include:
- Presentations made to organizations, groups and professional associations
- Honors/ awards received
- Memberships in professional and other organizations
- Community Service: Name(s) of organizations, description of activities and positions held
- International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.