Degree Requirements

Ed.D. Degree Programs

The Ed.D. trains educational practitioners to understand and apply the most advanced knowledge to their work. All doctoral students must complete a program that provides a broad understanding of educational leadership and policy as well as a concentration in educational administration, higher education, social and cultural studies in education, or policy studies.

Basic and applied research skills, including statistics, research design, and related options appropriate to the degree, are required for the Ed.D. Specific descriptions of research requirements may be obtained from the department. Candidates for the Ed.D. must complete the School of Education doctoral core.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

A general description of each concentration is given here. Request the appropriate program brochure or visit the department's website for specific information on courses and requirements for each area.

Educational Administration

The educational administration concentration prepares teachers and administrators for school district leadership roles. Studies stress fundamental fields of knowledge and educational policy development necessary for effective leadership of school districts. The Ed.D. leads to licensure at the district level. Students pursuing this concentration must take course work in the summer.

Social and Cultural Studies in Education

The social and cultural studies in education area features a broad examination of educational theory and its practical application on local, national, and international levels. Emphasis is placed on social, philosophical, historical, comparative, and interdisciplinary inquiry into the relationship between human aspirations and the aims and methods of education. Courses of study are flexible and reflect the particular needs and aspirations of each student.

Higher Education

The concentration in higher education provides current and prospective college or university staff members and administrators with theoretical and practical knowledge of higher education as a complex human activity. The Ed.D. program includes required and elective courses practicum or field research.

Policy Studies

The education policy studies concentration features a multidisciplinary approach to policy analysis. Students prepare for roles as researchers, policy analysts, higher education faculty, and educational leaders through individualized programs. Each student takes courses from 2 or more of the other doctoral concentrations in the department and, depending on interest, other relevant courses in social sciences.

Contact Info

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

J.R. Pearson Hall
1122 West Campus Road, Room 421
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
Susan B. Twombly, Chair
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