Doctor of Education in K-12 Administration
Do you have big ideas for improving schools? Do you build relationships supporting student achievement? Schools need your leadership as a K-12 Superintendent. Direct programming, hire and supervise staff, manage budgets, and make decisions that guide your academic community to a thriving future.
The requirements for K-12 Superintendent aligns with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards. This program leads to a superintendent endorsement in Idaho. Lead Idaho schools as a K-12 Superintendent!
Educational Leadership, K-12 Educational Administration Concentration, Ed.D.
Preparing professional educators for leadership and administration in schools and higher education
- Public School Superintendent
- Central Office Administrator
- Higher Education Faculty
- Post-Secondary Administrator
- Higher Education Researcher
- Community Schools Consultant
- Alternative Schools Administrator
- Juvenile Justice Program Administrator
Program and Admission Requirements
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is the degree awarded in recognition of academic preparation for professional practice in Educational Leadership. While research is an important component of the Doctor of Education program, candidates enroll in courses and experiences specifically designed to prepare them to be effective practitioners and leaders in K-12 schools, school districts, and related fields.
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is aligned with the requirements for the Education Specialist. The Ed.D. is designed to strengthen a candidate's knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the Core Standards for Advanced Professionals and the Idaho State University Department of Educational Leadership Standards for Educational Leaders, which parallel the Idaho standards for school superintendents.
Admissions requirements and procedures are detailed on
Minimum requirements for admission:
- Meet the ISU Graduate School admissions requirements
- Hold a Master's degree in educational administration or a related field from a regionally accredited institution
- Have a minimum of 3.5 GPA at the graduate level
- Submit a letter of interest, stating why the applicant is interested in the Ed.D. with an emphasis in K-12 School Administration
- Submit a current resume, including the names of and contact information for at least 2 professional references
- Successful complete an interview with faculty in the K-12 School Administration emphasis
- Successful performance on an on-site writing sample completed in conjunction with the interview
- Minimum score at the 40th percentile or the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) OR minimum score at the 40th percentile on either the Verbal or Analytical Writing section on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The ED.D. in Educational Leadership (P-12) requires a minimum of 61 credits:
- 18 credits in the doctoral core
- 24 credits in the area of emphasis, including a minimum of 3 practicum credits
- 9 credits of cognate courses (500 level or above)
- 10 dissertation credits
Required Courses (61 credits
Doctoral Core Courses (18 credits)
EDLP 7700 Change Strategies 3 credits
EDLP 7703 Leadership & Organizational Development 3 credits
EDLP 7705 Advanced Research Design – Qualitative 3 credits
EDLP 7706 Advanced Research Design – Quantitative 3 credits
EDLP 7721 Intermediate Statistics in Education 3 credits
EDLP 8800 Doctoral Seminar 1 credit
EDLP 8801 Capstone Seminar 1 credit
EDLP 8830 Doctoral Comprehensive Exams 1 credit
K-12 Educational Administration Emphasis Courses (24 credits)
EDLA 6643 School Personnel Administration 3 credits
EDLA 6662 Superintendency 3 credits
EDLA 6664 Public School Monetary and Business Policy 3 credits
EDLA 7720 Legal and Ethical issues in Education Organizations 3 credits
EDLA 7721 Educational Policy and Governance 3 credits
EDLA 7723 Educational Planning and Evaluation 3 credits
EDLA 7724 Data-Informed Instructional Leadership 3 credits
EDLA 6637 Practicum 3 credits
Cognate Courses (9 credits)
Cognate (minimum 9 graduate-level credit (500 or above); may include courses taken as part of a previous graduate degree; the cognate and the courses that are to comprise the cognate are to be determined prior to cognate study enrollment in consultation with the candidate’s advisor and confirmed by emphasis area faculty).
Dissertation (minimum of 10 credits)
EDLP 8850 Dissertation 10 credits
Candidates are required to take written comprehensive examinations over the Doctoral Core and may take written comprehensive exams over the K-12 School Educational Administration emphasis. Successful completion of the EDLA 7751: Case Study (required for the Ed.S.) may be used as an alternative to the Educational Administration emphasis comprehensive exams. Comps are normally written during or immediately following the last semester in which the candidate takes formal coursework. Procedures for comps are explained in the EDLP 8801 Capstone Seminar.
Candidates are required to maintain continuous enrollment, including during summers, throughout the Ed.D. program.
Dr. Mark Neill
Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Office: College of Education 357