Sep 26, 2021  
2019-2020 Edgewood College Catalog 
2019-2020 Edgewood College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, K-12 Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

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Program Overview

The K-12 Educational Leadership Ed.D. concentration prepares students for a licensed position as a principal, superintendent, or other school site district administrator. Students explore their roles as leaders and build upon and extend their competence in the following areas, as they relate to educational leadership: organizational analysis, educational change and reform, school law, public school finance, curriculum design and evaluation for administrators, school personnel administration, and educational policy. Students participate in field-based experiences as part of the license sequence courses.


The Superintendent/District Leadership licensure program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for PK-12 administration licenses. Students who have successfully completed the 24 credits in the Superintendent/District Leadership Licensure Program will have the opportunity to apply for the Superintendent License. As necessary for advance licensure, the principal license is also available through this program. Further, the Director of Instruction, Director of Student Services, and School Business Management licenses are available, although additional classes and experiences may be necessary for any of these three licensing areas.

Ed.D. Degree Completion

Students who have successfully completed the 24 credits in the Superintendent/District Leadership Licensure Program will then complete 30 credits through the Doctoral Completion Program to complete the K-12 Educational Leadership Ed.D. degree.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete and submit the Ed.D. application. 
  2. Provide evidence of a master’s degree from a United States regionally-accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  3. To qualify for the superintendent license, you must supply evidence of eligibility to hold a teacher or pupil services license in Wisconsin and demonstrate appropriate experience.
  4. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
  5. Provide two letters of recommendation. Letters must attest to the applicant’s ability to collaborate with colleagues and be successful as an educational leader. Letters should be mailed directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies, 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI 53711.
  6. Submit a letter of intent including a brief statement of the reason for pursuing the advanced educational leadership licensing, and a brief discussion about how the program can help the applicant reach personal and professional goals.
  7. Provide a resume or curriculum vitae that includes: but it not limited to the areas listed below:
  • Education: Major(s), schools attended, degrees obtained and dates of attendance
  • Professional positions held

Applicants may also include:

  • Presentations made to organizations, groups and professional associations
  • Honors/ awards received
  • Memberships in professional and other organizations
  • Community Service: Name(s) of organizations, description of activities and positions held

International Students may have additional admission requirements. See Admissions   for more information.   

Program Requirements

K-12 Superintendent/District Leadership Licensure Program Requirements

The Superintendent/District Leadership licensure program consists of 24 credits.

* Students who are not pursuing the Superintendent/District Leadership License will complete a 3-credit research course in place of practicum development

Doctoral Completion Requirements

The Edgewood College Doctoral Completion Program consists of 30 credits. 

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