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Doctor of Education–Educational Leadership and Policy

.D. Superintendency Licensure – 03 District Administrator License
This regionally based and globally 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 degree levels of excellence in PK-12 education and administrator preparation.

The degree features:

  • Active learning both inside and outside of the classroom with excellent connections to the professional communities and the people, institutions and communities we serve
  • Commitment to diversity, 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
  • Successful completion of a background check

*Now accepting applications through January 1, 2023, to start during the Spring 2023 semester.


The 48-credit degree is designed to be completed in three years. Students will be enrolled in five- to eight-credit semesters in fall, spring, and summer sessions (see the Course Schedule below). 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 (6 credits)
  • Context related to researching and writing skills culminating in a dissertation (12 credits)
Year One
  • Introduction to Superintendency
  • Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Leadership in Education
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Power and Politics in Educational Leadership
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Leadership
  • Research Methods
Year Two
  • Critical Analysis of Systemic Inequity: Social Justice Education
  • Leadership Seminar: Field Experience I
  • Dissertation I
  • Issues of Finance, Funding and the Economics of Schools
  • Dissertation II
  • Organizational Analysis, Planning and Assessment
  • Leadership Seminar: Field Experience II
Year Three
  • Organization and Human Resources Management
  • Dissertation III
  • Instructional Supervision: Curriculum Theory for District Administrators
  • Leadership Seminar: Field Experience III



Contact Us

Educational Leadership and Policy
Dr. Elizabeth Alderton
Graduate Program Coordinator