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.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Pursuing your doctorate in education (Ed.D.) is the next step for many educators looking to expand their career opportunities. An Ed.D. not only adds to your professional qualifications but it builds your network, deepens your understanding of research methods, and strengthens your academic writing.
Some students interested in a doctorate in education question the value of earning a Ph.D. vs. an Ed.D. This article in Inside Higher Ed provides a brief comparison of the strengths of each degree.
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Tuition and Credits
In Fall 2019, tuition for the 24 credits of the superintendent/district leadership license is $569 per credit. If students elect to continue their studies for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, they will take an additional 30 credits at the regular graduate tuition rate of $997. The Board of Trustees sets the tuition annually, so a small increase each year is possible. In addition, doctoral students pay a $105 fee each term.
Completion Equals Success
Tuition is only one factor in choosing a program. Completion rates are another important element of doctoral programs. Edgewood College boasts an 85 percent completion rate, compared to 57 percent at other institutions.
Therefore, your chances of attending Edgewood College and completing your degree are much higher, making it a smart investment of both time and money.
Our individual attention to student support helps guide each student through meaningful, engaging coursework, research, and dissertation completion.
Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.