Educational Leadership Graduate Programs

The College of Education offers a full program of educational leadership graduate studies, from graduate certificates and leadership endorsements to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees. The programmatic focus is on developing leaders in educational settings, with an emphasis on P-12 settings. For most graduates, program focus leads to professional building or district licensure as a school principal or superintendent.

Our primary goal is to prepare educational leaders to acquire knowledge, establish beliefs, and develop skills in the following areas. Specifically, we believe that an educational leader promotes the success of all students through the actions listed under each category.

  • Vision for Learning – Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision for learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Culture for Learning – Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Management for Learning – Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Community for Learning – Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  • Ethics for Learning – Acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  • Context for Learning – Understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  • Internship for Learning – Synthesizing and applying knowledge, beliefs, and skills of educational leadership in real settings, planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel.

Some of our programming is available online (online program links below will take you to K-State Online website).

Educational Leadership Master's Degree (Online)

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Leadership is a professional degree program principally for preparing skilled practitioners. Students who desire a building-level (principal) endorsement should select this degree/program to meet the requirements of the state of Kansas for professional licensure. Additionally, students who intend to assume other significant leadership roles in public schools, apart from professional licensure, should consider this degree.

Educational Leadership Doctorate (Ed.D.)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is a professional degree program principally for preparing skilled practitioners. Students who do not already hold a district-level (superintendent) endorsement may tailor course work in their emphasis area to meet that license requirement. Each student’s program of study is individualized with the approval of the major professor and the supervisory committee to optimize the student’s interests, expertise, and goals.

Qualitative Research Graduate Certificate (Online)

This 18-credit hour graduate certificate is offered in response to the demand for trained qualitative researchers at the national and international levels. Students will be introduced to learning qualitative methods from a broad social science perspective so they understand how qualitative research has been taken up in education and other fields. This experience will allow students to make connection between different parts of the inquiry process, thereby developing a stronger understanding of how to conceptualize, execute, and report projects conducted through qualitative inquiry.

Leadership Licensures

For more information about Educational Leadership graduate programs, contact Dr. Jerry Johnson at