Educational Leadership - Higher Education and Administration, Doctorate

Educational Leadership - Higher Education and Administration, Doctorate

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The EDD program houses over 100 students who are pursuing skills and credentials to become the next generation of leaders in various education-based organizational settings.  Our unique course offerings support the busy lifestyles of our students, most of whom remain fully employed even as they work through the program experiences. 

WKU established its innovative Educational Leadership Doctoral Program to meet the increasing demand for leadership to take P-20 education to new levels. The doctoral program demonstrates WKU’s commitment to provide seamless career development in professional education and is intended to prepare “practitioner-scholars” who will study seminal and current theories in order to translate and apply them in daily practice.

This Educational Leadership - Higher Education and Administration program is offered by Western Kentucky University.

WKU’s unique education doctorate addresses the needs of practicing professionals to develop leadership skills in cross-disciplinary settings. The goals of the curriculum are to increase candidates’ understanding of human learning, improving the organizations within which candidates work, and teach candidates to conduct career-relevant research, thereby increasing their problem-solving abilities within their varied work settings.

In order to facilitate the connection of theoretical concepts to the real-world needs of practitioners, the WKU doctoral program:

  • Encourages participants to become practitioner-scholars by promoting skills and knowledge in real-world practice settings to gain scholarship and experience in applied behaviors;
  • Provides doctoral students the opportunity to explore the entire range of career options in various settings so that they can make sound career choices for themselves and their students;
  • Is designed with management and oversight structures that encourage inter-program, cross-program, and inter-institutional collaboration;
  • Provides participation with leadership capacity to bring about changes that enhance student learning; and
  • Provides interdisciplinary research preparation focused on contextually based real-world problems and education that will be central to future global competitiveness.

The Administrative Leadership program specialization is primarily designed for public school and district administrators. Courses emphasize inquiry and analysis of problems confronting the administrator in education environments. In addition to focusing on practical issues, candidates' values will be clarified and tied to a leadership vision.

The candidates will learn to seek clarity and focus when faced with ambiguity, to evaluate operations, and to design and implement improvements required to address the needs of all students. Students in the Administrative Leadership program specialization will work with faculty advisors to select program electives that reflect this specialization, as well as student goals and interests. 

The list of WKU courses described below provides a starting point for program development, but is not exhaustive. Courses described under other WKU doctoral program specializations may serve as appropriate electives.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Educational Policies and Politics
  • District Resources and Systems
  • School Leadership and Technology Planning
  • Applied Statistics and Design
  • Qualitative Research in Education
  • Field Methods for Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Topics in Education: Readings or special projects in education.
  • Leadership in Educational Technology
  • Leadership and Stress Management

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:


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                  Academic Requirements

                  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

                    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


                    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


                    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

                    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

                    • Official GRE scores. Minimum scores of GRE-V = 145, GRE-Q = 145 (or their equivalents on older versions of the GRE), and 4.0 analytical writing are preferred.
                  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
                  • Documentation of a master's degree (or other graduate degree)
                  • Completed application;  
                  • Current (within 1 year of application deadline) resume or vita;
                  • An in-depth personal statement including qualifications, rationale, and goals related to pursuing the WKU Ed.D. program;
                  • Three current (within 1 year of application deadline) letters of recommendation from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program; and
                  • Submission of a writing sample if applicants took the GRE without the Analytic Writing portion or if Analytic Writing score falls below preferred minimum.
                  • Evidence of adequate financial resources

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International Applies to you

                    998 USD/credit
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                  • National Applies to you

                    589 USD/credit
                    Tuition Fee
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                  • In-State Applies to you

                    873 USD/credit
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                  Living costs for Bowling Green

                  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
                    Living Costs

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