DoctorateEducational Leadership

Wichita State’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in educational leadership gives practicing professionals in K-12, higher education and other educational organizations a way to further develop their leadership capacity—and careers.

This three-year, cohort-based program involves student-faculty research benefitting local educational institutions. Rather than the typical lecture classroom, seminars are held in a setting where faculty and students meet as equals.

Fall and spring courses meet once a week, and summer courses are offered in a hybrid (in-person/online) format.

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Education interns at USD 259.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

Basic admission requirements include:

  • A 3.5 minimum GPA for all graduate-level coursework
  • Submission of official college transcripts
  • Three references
  • Three years of professional experience in a P-16 setting
  • Professional resume and statement of goals
  • Sample of academic writing

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Inside the Program

Student works to reform juvenile justice policy

After several years teaching English to children in the Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility, Kristi Arends felt compelled to do more.

She enrolled in the Educational Leadership program, which allowed her to apply the theoretical knowledge in the classroom to practical school situations -- and eventually to become a passionate advocate for juvenile justice reform.


The program requires 55 credit hours of coursework, comprehensive examinations and an oral dissertation examination. Students take two years of coursework together and the third year is dedicated to the dissertation.


A graduate degree from Wichita State’s College of Applied Studies will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a positive impact in the classroom—and on your career.