Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

The Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is a 45+ hour post-masters professional degree uniquely crafted for experienced educators. The program will be delivered through a combination of on-campus seminars, school/district-based performance, and online learning experiences. Our goal is to develop school leaders who integrate thoughtful, globally-minded leadership practices with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective educational leaders.

The Educational Leadership degree will prepare you to critically review and construct knowledge in educational policy, data analysis and educational planning in conjunction with educational theory through discourse-rich coursework and field-centered projects. Graduates of the Educational Leadership degree will be prepared to lead change and develop organizations to effectively succeed in a global educational context.

Note: You must have a Georgia PL-6 certification or L-6 certification or comparable certificate from another state to be accepted into the Educational Leadership degree program.



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Program Snapshot

Program Format: On-campus

Number of Credits Hours: 45 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall

Time to Complete: 1-2 Years

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall, July 1st
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Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - you MUST hold a PL6 or L6, or Tier II Leadership certification or comparable certificate from another state PRIOR to admission consideration. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto
  • Resume or Professional Vitae - Can be uploaded into the online application. 
  • Professional Reflections Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should be 1-2 pages and address your professional leadership training and interest, educational beliefs, professional goals, and why you seek to pursue your degree at KSU.
  • Interview - An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview.
  • Current full-time employment as a professional educator with at least five years of teaching and/or administrative experience in P-12 education. 
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Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Thesis-Focused Research - The knowledge and application of research for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership thesis is a integral component of the doctoral program experience. Your research will prepare you to succeed in a global educational context.
  • Low Faculty-Student Ratio - Small class sizes and individualized learning means you get the support you need from your instructors. You can benefit from having one-on-one time with faculty members and building long-lasting connections.

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Salary and Career Information

Department of Educational Leadership

Kennesaw State University
Department of Educational Leadership
580 Parliament Garden Way,
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470-578-4377

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