Educational Leadership, EdD - Educational Psychology track


Grounded in educational psychology and learning sciences, the Educational Psychology track of the Educational Leadership's Ed.D. program gives students a depth of knowledge in how people think, learn, and lead with opportunities for research contributions and other types of professional applications. This individualized, interdisciplinary program track offers a doctoral degree to students interested in understanding and shaping learning, thinking, and problem solving in diverse settings such as schools, workplaces, higher education, industry, and other institutions or organizations.

Program Highlights:

  • Customizable emphasis - students can tailor their educational experience to meet their own personal needs through multi-disciplinary electives.
  • Flexible Course delivery - all courses offered as hybrid or online.
  • Advanced research methods and analytics - students gain proficiency in research methodology and analytical/critical thinking of cognition, metacognition, and psycho-social interactions in diverse contexts.
  • Applied studies/learning opportunities - supervised, collaboration-based opportunities for research applications in real-world settings, with supportive faculty mentorship, guidance and expertise.

Degree Requirements

The WIchita State University Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Educational Psychology Track consists of 55 graduate hours. The courses include:

Core Courses (28 Credits) and Dissertation (15 credits)

  • CLES 901 Proseminar I (3)
  • CLES 902 Psychology of Leadership, Persuasion and Influence (3)
  • CLES 903 Beliefs About Knowledge and Learning (3)
  • CLES 904 Psychology of Language and Discourse Processes (3)
  • CLES 905 Research Methods and Analysis: Quantitative (3)
  • CLES 906 Research Methods and Analysis: Naturalistic (3)
  • CLES 907 Cognition and Instruction (3)
  • CLES 908 Proseminar II (5)
  • EL 990 Special Problems in Administration
  • CLES 909 Dissertation (5)
  • CLES 909 Dissertation (5)
  • CLES 909 Dissertation (5)

Electives (12 credits)

Advanced Courses can be taken from the following programs with the consent of your academic advisor and an approved plan of study.

Educational Leadership Counseling School Psychology Sports Management Business Fine Arts
Communication Sciences and Disorders Sociology Psychology Curriculum and Instruction Engineering  


 Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program, you must submit to the Graduate School:

You must also submit the following items to the Department:

  • At least three letters of recommendation from supervisors and/or professional peers that attest to the applicant's potential for success.
  • A current resume or vita of educational and professional experience.
  • A sample of academic writing (such as a published article or a paper written for a graduate level course).
  • A statement of professional goals.

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 Compare Educational Leadership Doctorate tracks

Doctorate Comparison Table (click to expand)
  Educational Leadership Educational Psychology  
Financial Aid Eligible Yes Yes
GRE Requirement No GRE Required No GRE Required
Student Composition Cohort Model    Individually tailored program
Timeline Designed to be completed in 3 years Designed to be completed in 3 years
Start Time Summer only Fall admit 
Application Deadline May 1st  August 1st
Applied Learning Experience Team based research Apprenticeship
Educational Requirements Graduate Degree in Education related field Graduate Degree in Education, Psychology, or closely related field
Dissertation Requirement Yes Yes
Course Prerequisites None None (Advisor may suggest elective courses to fill knowledge gaps)
Assistantships May be available May be available

 Background Check Requirement

Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all students admitted to the Educational Leadership program must clear a criminal background check. Click here for instructions.