Department of Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University offers a variety of graduate programs and emphases under a broad leadership umbrella, with two major components – Educational Leadership, the development of leaders in educational settings with an emphasis on P-12 settings, and Adult Learning and Leadership, the development of individuals involved in the education of adults.

The department offers a sizable proportion of masters degree and professional license programming via online delivery. Distance-enhanced options are available in both educational leadership and adult learning and leadership.

K-State Department of Educational Leadership


Graduate Program Areas

Graduate Certificates

Leadership Licensures


Educational Leadership Graduate Programs

The Department offers a full program of educational leadership graduate studies culminating in the M.S. and Ed.D. degrees. For most graduates, program focus leads to professional building or district licensure as a school principal or superintendent, exemplified by coursework school improvement, staff and curriculum development, policy analysis, educational technology, research seminars, school finance, school law, personnel administration, social justice, educational politics, school facilities, and problems-based leadership. In addition, the department cooperates with other college units to license other school professionals such as special education directors. Since the department's inception, over 600 master's degrees and nearly 400 doctoral degrees have been awarded to our alumni.

Our Teacher Leadership Academies are an essential approach to preparing school leaders for leadership capacity, seamlessly merging theory and practice within a university/school district partnership.

Educational Leadership Doctoral Degree Graduates (PDF)

Educational Leadership Master's Degree Graduates (PDF)

Partnering to Build the Leadership You Need brochure (PDF)


Adult Learning and Leadership Graduate Programs

The Department offers a full program of graduate studies in adult learning and leadership, ranging from graduate certificate to M.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The program focus stresses both professional advancement and a greater understanding of the philosophy, scope, and nature of adult education, adult basic education and literacy, and leadership development. The curriculum provides the innovative knowledge and practices necessary to develop competencies in a constantly evolving field. The major areas of emphasis in adult learning and leadership include the following: Human Resource Development/Training, Extension Education, Community Education, and Continuing Professional Education. Since inception, nearly 3,000 masters degrees and over 400 doctoral degrees have been awarded to our alumni.

Adult Learning and Leadership Doctoral Degree Graduates (PDF)

Adult Learning and Leadership Master's Degree Graduates (PDF)

Department of Educational Leadership

363 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-5535

Dr. Jerry Johnson
Department Chair
johnsoj9@k-state.edu