Educational Administration and Supervision, Ed.D.

Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education

Vision Statement

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership is to develop effective visionary, intellectual, and moral leaders who can cause positive change in education to promote the success of all students. The department’s degree and endorsement programs have a distinctive Metropolitan education orientation.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a Doctoral Degree in Education (Ed.D.) jointly with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The department also provides a Master of Science Degree in Education (MS), as well as non-degree administration endorsement programs for students who have completed a master’s degree.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Kay Keiser, Graduate Program Chair

Roskens Hall 312


Program Website:

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1 (limited)
  • Summer: February 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
    • A 1-2 page document describing the applicant’s prior education, relevant professional experience, career goals and specific relationship to the Ed.D. degree, with regard to the achievement of these goals.
  • Writing Sample
    • 3 samples, including one with a reference section (or thesis/specialist field project)
  • Resume
  • Administrative Certificate (or Specialist Degree)

EDD-EDAM Degree Requirements

EDD-EDAM Required Seminar Courses (9 hours):

The program requires a total of 96 hours of coursework.

At least 45 hours of new work must be completed after admission to the doctoral program.

EDAD 9510Seminar in Culture and Context of Schooling

3 credits

EDAD 9520Achieving School Excellence

3 credits

EDAD 9530Paradigms and Practices of Schooling

3 credits

EDD-EDAM Required Research Tools/Methods (12 hours):

EDAD 9000Seminar in Research Design

3 credits

EDAD 9610Applied Intermediate Statistics in Educational Administration

3 credits

EDAD 9620Applied Advanced Statistics in Educational Administration

3 credits

EDAD 9650Program Evaluation for Educational Administrators

3 credits

EDD-EDAM Electives (12 hours):

EDAD 8560School Finance

3 credits

EDAD 8620School Plants and Equipment

3 credits

EDAD 9550Symposium on School Leadership

3 credits

EDAD 9980Superintendent Internship in Educaional Administration

3 credits

NOTE: These four courses are for Superintendent Certification. If the applicant is not pursuing Superintendent Certification, then twelve (12) hours of additional coursework will be determined with the applicant’s advisor.

EDD-EDAM Exit Requirements:

Comprehensive Examination

EDAD 9990Dissertation

1 - 12 credits

Total Credit Hours: 96