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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

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The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is designed to meet the needs of professionals looking to lead social change and impact educational organizations. The transfer-friendly, 60-credit hour program focuses on the complexities of educational leadership and prepares professionals to become scholarly practitioners ready to transform and manage organizations.

With courses available online and cohorts beginning each Spring, the Ed.D. online is a great advantage to the busy lifestyles of working professionals allowing them to complete their education with little to no disruption to their life responsibilities. The program also provides unique opportunities for students to connect with colleagues, learn from highly qualified faculty, and engage with nationally-recognized guest speakers during two weeklong summer experiences.

For the current tuition rates, please visit the WKU Office of the Bursar website.

This Ed.D. program can prepare you for a wide variety of career paths, including:

  • Policymaker in federal and private agencies
  • Foundation administrator
  • Organization CEO/President

Intended candidates for the degree are individuals who have completed at least a master's degree (or other appropriate graduate degree), have demonstrated leadership capacity within their organizational settings, and/or are committed to enhancing their abilities to learn and to enhance the educational missions of their organizations and communities.                               

Program admission is based on a holistic evaluation of the candidate's application file, which must include:  

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work                                      
  • Documentation of a master's degree (or other graduate degree) from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation organization
  • Completed application
  • Current (within 1 year of application deadline) resume or vita
  • An in-depth personal statement including qualifications, rationale, and goals related to pursuing the WKU Ed.D. program
  • Three current (within 1 year of application deadline) letters of recommendation from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program
  • Official GRE scores. Minimum scores of GRE-V = 145, GRE-Q = 145 (or their equivalents on older versions of the GRE), and 4.0 analytical writing are preferred. (Alternative admissions processes will be considered for those without GRE scores.)
  • Submission of a writing sample (requested during the admission review process) if applicants took the GRE without the Analytic Writing portion or if Analytic Writing score falls below preferred minimum.                                                  

International students are encouraged to apply and must submit the following additional documents for admission consideration:                                

  • Evidence of ability to communicate in English (as evidenced by a minimum of 570 on the paper based TOEFL, a minimum of 88 on the iBT TOEFL, a minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS; or a degree from an institution with English as the language of instruction).
  • Evidence of adequate financial resources

* For Spring cohort admission, the application deadline is November 1.*


Course # Course Title



EDLD 702

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Orientation

EDLD 710

Leadership Theories and Ethics


EDLD 795

Advanced Topics in Educational Leadership

EDLD 794

Educational Leadership Seminar


EDLD 712

Research Methods and Design for Educational Leaders

EDLD 720

Individual and Group Issues in Leadership



Elective 1

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EDLD 722

Measurement and Survey Methods for Educational Leaders

BA 751

Strategic Leadership


EDLD 730

Leading the Organization

EDLD 794

Educational Leadership Seminar





Elective 2

EDD provides designated list for students

EDLD 732

Program Evaluation for Educational Leaders

EDLD 798

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Internship



Elective 3

EDD provides designated list for students


EDLD 799 or

EDLD 797

Dissertation Research (3-6 hours) OR

Dissertation Seminar

BA 752

Leading Innovation, Creativity and Change


EDLD 799

Dissertation Research (3-9 hours)

Dissertation Defense 


WKU's Ed.D. program offers an online pathway, with cohorts beginning each Spring.

Program Contact 

Dr. Nicholas Brake
Director of Ed.D. Program 

April Schleig
Ed.D. Student Services

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online

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 Last Modified 9/10/20