Educational Leadership Doctoral Program
WKU’s 60-credit-hour, year-round Educational Leadership Doctoral Program focuses on meeting the needs of practicing professionals to develop leadership skills in cross-disciplinary settings. Students are typically full-time employed and fit our coursework around their busy lives. We consider students “full-time” if they complete 6 hours per semester (spring, summer, fall) each year. A typical semester includes enrollment in one cohort class shared by other students entering the program at the same time and an elective related to program specialization (see below). Courses typically meet one weekend per month and/or in "hybrid" format in the fall/spring semesters. Summer courses follow similar patterns of weekend and/or hybrid formatting but over a shorter and more compact duration. Students continually enrolling three semesters per year should be able to complete all coursework excluding dissertation hours within three calendar years.
Four program specializations are offered (click on each specialization for additional information):
- P-12 Administrative Leadership - designed for individuals desiring to serve or to enhance their capacity to serve as public school/school district administrators;
- Teacher Leadership -designed for individuals desiring to serve or to enhance their capacity to serve in leadership roles related to areas such as assessment, curriculum, technology, literacy, and classroom teaching;
- Postsecondary Leadership -designed for individuals desiring to serve or to enhance their capacity to serve in two-year and four-year institutions; or
- Organizational Leadership - designed for individuals desiring to serve or to enhance their capacity to serve in education-related organizations that are not classified as schools, colleges, or universities.