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Doctor of Education in K-12 Administration

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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

Career Opportunities

  • 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           

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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

The ISU Graduate School website

The Graduate School graduate catalog

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

Comprehensive Examinations 

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.

Continuous Enrollment 

Candidates are required to maintain continuous enrollment, including during summers, throughout the Ed.D. program.

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Dr. Geoff Thomas

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Office: College of Education 381

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