Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Kansas

At this time, there is only one school in Kansas that offers a Doctor of Education program online. Students can pursue a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Southwestern College in Wichita through almost entirely online study, traveling to campus only twice for face-to-face residency sessions. The program has two different tracks to choose from: a licensure track in Building or District Leadership, and a non-licensure track in Teacher or Higher Education Leadership.

Southwestern is a nonprofit institution, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Its Department of Professional Studies is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). To learn more about their online EdD program, continue reading below.

Schools in Kansas with Online EdD Programs

As mentioned above, Southwestern College has a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership that can be completed mostly online, with only two required campus visits. Offered by their Department of Professional Studies, the program focuses on developing students’ skills in five key areas: content and pedagogy, instruction and assessment, collaboration, leadership, and reflection and growth. Coursework explores the complexity of schools and school systems, current challenges in the field of education, and strategies for enhancing the student learning experience. Through development of their dissertation, students will conduct original research that contributes to the overall body of knowledge in the field, making a positive impact on both their current organizations and the future of education as a whole.

There are two different EdD tracks to choose from, each with two available concentration options. The licensure track offers licensed teachers the opportunity to earn an added endorsement in either Building Leadership or Teacher Leadership. Those who want to pursue their doctorate without additional licensure can opt for the non-licensure track in Teacher Leadership or Higher Education Leadership, depending on their professional goals. Courses in the program utilize a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Some classes also include field-based projects, giving students the opportunity to apply course lessons at their current school or place of employment. Students are required to visit campus twice during their studies for weeklong summer residencies, where they engage in hands-on learning activities and develop closer relationships working directly with classmates and program faculty.

Those interested in earning their EdD in a different specialization, such as Special Education, Organizational Leadership, or Curriculum and Instruction,, may want to consider pursuing an online program based out of state. Many colleges and universities around the country offer online EdD programs that accept students from Kansas. Some of these programs can be completed entirely online, while others require one or more on-campus residencies or other in-person instructional activities. To learn more about EdD specialization options and browse available programs, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.

Online EdD Programs in Kansas

The following section includes a link to Southwestern College’s online Doctor of Education program. For more information about the EdD discussed on this page, such as current admission requirements and tuition costs, click below to visit the school’s website.

Baker University

(Baldwin City)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP
Department: School of Education

Kansas State University

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, NCATE
Department: College of Education

Southwestern College

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP