Doctorate in Education and Leadership Degree (Ed.D.) - K-12 Leadership Concentration

Ed.D. - K-12 Leadership

This in-person and online Ed.D. prepares graduates for careers as leaders for elementary, middle and high schools.

Advance Your Education Career

Earn Your Degree Online or In-Person

Further your career through a Doctorate in Education and learn how to lead in a variety of educational settings. Our graduates can create plans and curriculums for their school that are specific to the age and needs of their students. As a two-year doctoral program, evening and online classes are offered to accommodate work or teaching schedules. This is also a cohort-based program that provides students a unique and social experience.

Priority deadline for applications is February 1, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

Ed.D. students will enhance competencies through the program via the following learning outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge of course design, active learning pedagogies and assessment of learning in higher education classroom-based and online learning environments
  • Investigate the historical and legal context for higher education
  • Design program assessment plans aligned with accreditation processes that impact higher education institutions
  • Prepare for faculty roles and responsibilities in diverse higher education contexts
  • Demonstrate discipline-based knowledge and skills in education and leadership
  • Demonstrate applied research skills and ethical conduct of research

Course Map

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Doctorate in education students complete their coursework as a cohort over a two-year period. Classes are offered one evening per week on campus or online. Our doctoral program in education includes 45 credit hours:

  • 12 credit hours of research methods
  • 15 credit hours of core requirements
  • 12 credit hours of elective courses
  • 6 credit hours of research capstone

Doctor of Education degree students are required to have a minimum of 78 total graduate hours beyond a bachelor’s degree. Students who have not completed at least 33 credit hours of post-undergraduate coursework prior to admission will take additional elective courses at Rockhurst to meet the total hours.

Ed.D. Program Experiences

The capstone research experience involves the design and completion of an individual project within the concentration area. Doctor of education students engage in the collection and analysis of data and preparation of a scholarly research article that includes a literature review, explanation of methodology, findings, as well as implications and recommendations. A formal poster and presentation of this project is the final step in the program.

Doctoral candidates can choose to enroll in a College Teaching Practicum designed to create a genuine teaching and learning experience. Students work closely with a higher education faculty member assigned as a mentor to a guided experience with all aspects of college teaching. Elective course options are offered in the School of Education, Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Helzberg School of Management.

Ed.D. Outcomes

Is an Ed.D. Worth It?

There is a need for highly qualified and well-trained practitioners to formally transfer their experience and knowledge onto new generations of future professionals through teaching and leadership at the post-secondary education level.

This Doctorate in Education program prepares graduates to further their education career and become versatile leaders in their schools.

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Contact Us

For questions, please contact Rebecca Meeker, Graduate Admissions Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences.