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Ed.D. in K-12 Administration

Doctor of Educational Leadership

Welcome to the innovative, three-year Doctor of Educational Leadership program in the College of Education at Michigan State University. In line with a national trend supporting practice-based doctoral degree options for advanced educational leaders, the Department of Educational Administration offers the Ed.D., a rigorous and relevant program conceptualized around the knowledge and skill demands for effective professional practice. Faculty and students will, together, address critical challenges to the education field.

Developing Leaders

Our program seeks to develop a strong network of senior leaders for Michigan schools, districts, community organizations and other education-related agencies. Graduates will be prepared to enact Michigan Central Office Administrator standards at high levels.

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Practical For Practitioners

Earn your doctorate while you keep your day job. Classes are held in the summer, evening, Saturdays and online to accommodate the schedules of educational professionals in the field.

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Program Highlights

Join the community

Take all courses throughout your three-year program with a close-knit cohort of students and dedicated faculty members.

Make your impact

Explore and address a real issue at stake in education by completing the dissertation in practice on a team of students that share your interest.

Get certified

Prepare to meet the standards for achieving Central Office Administrator (COA) certification in the state of Michigan.

This Program By the Numbers

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A National Leader

  • Michigan State University is ranked #7 in the nation for education administration (U.S. News & World Report).
  • MSU is an 'Experienced' member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, which includes over 100 colleges working together to improve doctorate in education programs.

The whole program really opened up our eyes and made us better educators. It has made me a better advocate for students.

Melody Strang




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K-12 Administration Information
620 Farm Lane, 402 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 353-8480
Fax: (517) 884-1392