Ed.D. Superintendency Licensure

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Ed.D. Superintendency Licensure

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This regionally based, global connected degree offers coursework on-campus, off-campus and online. It focuses on building a solid department tradition at both the Bachelor's and Master's levels of excellence in PK-12 education and administrator preparation.

The degree features: 

  • Active learning both inside and outside the classroom with excellent connections to the professional communities and the people, institutions, and communities we serve
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusivity, international perspectives and support for those with disabilities and special needs
  • Coursework targeting and supporting the development in the leadership for student academic growth and achievement

Admission requirements:

  • Valid Wisconsin Teaching License
  • Master's degree in an education field
  • Wisconsin Administrative Licensure for PK-12 Principal (51)
  • Minimum of 3 years successful experience as an administrator


The 54-credit degree is designed to be completed in three years with students enrolled in six credit semesters in fall, spring, and summer sessions. Program coursework falls into four categories:

  • Foundational coursework in the study of education leadership (12 credits)
  • Coursework emphasizing leadership skills in administrative positions (18 credits) 
  • Seminar/field experience (9 credits)
  • Context related to researching and writing skills culminating in a dissertation (15 credits) 


Year One


  • Introduction to the Superintendency
  • Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Leadership in Education
  • Leadership Seminar: Field Experience I
  • Critical Analysis of Systemic Inequity: Social Justice Education
  • Dissertation Seminar I: Introduction to Dissertation Development
  • Power and Politics in Educational Leadership


Year Two


  • Leadership Seminar: Field Experience II
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Leadership
  • Issues of Finance, Funding and the Economics of Schools
  • Dissertation Seminar II: Review of Related Literature
  • Leadership Seminar: Field Experience III
  • Organization and Human Resources Management


Year Three


  • Dissertation Seminar III: Data Collection
  • Instructional Supervision: Curriculum Theory for District Administrators
  • Organizational Analysis, Planning and Assessment
  • Current Issues in School Leadership
  • Dissertation Seminar IV: Data Analysis and Conclusions
  • Capstone Experience: Presentation of Findings


Program Schedule:

EdD Proposed Course Offering Schedule

Course Syllabi

A new cohort will begin during the Fall 2018 semester.  Applications will be accepted January 1 - June 15, 2018.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Karen Gibson

Educational Leadership and Policy Graduate Program Coordinator


(920) 424-7235

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