College of Education

Educational Leadership Studies

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Program Summary

Fall 2022 (Priority Admissions)
Application Dates: 12/1/2021
Start Dates: 08/22/2022
Fall 2022 (Regular Admissions)
Application Dates: 02/15/2022
Start Dates: 08/22/2022
Credits and Cost
Credits required: 42
Cost per credit: $700.50

Beth Rous

Professor

Department of Educational Leadership Studies

College of Education

Educational Leadership Studies

111 Dickey Hall

Lexington, KY 40506-0017

  • Ed.D
Transform educational services and your future with an action-oriented doctorate (Ed.D.) that builds on your experience as a professional who works in an educational organization and wants to make meaningful change. As a graduate of this program, you will be ready for the leadership challenges facing today’s educational systems and institutions.

Program Summary

Fall 2022 (Priority Admissions)
Application Dates: 12/1/2021
Start Dates: 08/22/2022
Fall 2022 (Regular Admissions)
Application Dates: 02/15/2022
Start Dates: 08/22/2022
Credits and Cost
Credits required: 42
Cost per credit: $700.50

Become a Change Agent

This challenging four-year program is designed for working education professionals who have already earned a master’s degree and want to become more effective leaders in an educational setting (e.g., early care and education, P-12, and higher education). Graduates from our program become directors, assistant directors, school district leaders, administrative or academic deans, and other types of leadership roles in educationally-based organizations.

As a student in this program, you will:

  • Improve your leadership skills and develop strategies to create organizational change and organizational learning.
  • Apply theoretical concepts and frameworks to educational problems and identify best practices for addressing those problems.
  • Use action research to diagnose problems in educational settings, identify innovative solutions, and assess outcomes.
  • Develop a professional network of faculty and program alumni who will help you navigate problems in your organization.

Admission to the program requires

  1. A graduate degree (M.A.) from an accredited college or university
  2. A GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. A GRE verbal score of 150 or higher (500 or higher for GREs taken before August 2011)
  4. A GRE analytical writing score of 4.0.
  5. Two recommendations
    At least 1 (one) from an academic reference, preferrably someone who has earned a doctoral degree and serves in an academic institution. The recommendation should speak to your ability to successfully navigate doctoral level coursework and complete independent action research study.
    At least 1 (one) from a professional reference who can speak to your ability to lead, work as a team member, creativity, ability to navigate systems, and manage change within an organization.
     
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THE APPLICATION DEADLINE & START OF TERM
This program has Fall admission ONLY.
There are no Spring or Summer admissions.
  • December 1, 2021 is Fall Priority Admissions for Fall 2022 start.
  • March 1, 2022 is the deadline for Fall Regular Admissions for Fall 2022 start.
Additional details on Educational Leadership application and admission schedule, may be viewed here.
"Not only has the program given me an opportunity to collaborate with educational leaders from across the country, but it has also helped to change the way I think about addressing the challenges we face in public education."

Jesse Bacon

Superintendent, Bullitt County Public Schools, Kentucky

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Principals work in public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Typically, principals work year round.

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Beth Rous

Professor

Department of Educational Leadership Studies

College of Education

Educational Leadership Studies

111 Dickey Hall

Lexington, KY 40506-0017

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.