College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1100 Mid-Campus Drive
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7304 fax

Dr. David Thompson
Department Chair
363 Bluemont Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Department of Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University offers a variety of graduate programs and emphases under a broad leadership umbrella, with two major components: 

Educational Leadership Programs

The Department offers a full program of educational leadership graduate studies culminating in the M.S. and Ed.D. degrees. For most graduates, program focus leads to professional building or district licensure as a school principal or superintendent, exemplified by coursework school improvement, staff and curriculum development, policy analysis, educational technology, research seminars, school finance, school law, personnel administration, social justice, educational politics, school facilities, and problems-based leadership. In addition, the department cooperates with other college units to license other school professionals such as special education directors. Since the department's inception, over 600 master's degrees and more than 300 doctoral degrees have been awarded to our alumni.

Doctoral Graduates with Educational Leadership Emphasis, 1971-present

Please see our Partnering for a New Generation of Leaders brochure highlighting our Leadership Academy model – Download a copy or view online by clicking the cover below ↓


Adult and Continuing Education Programs

The Department offers a full program of graduate studies in adult and continuing education, ranging from graduate certificate to M.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The program focus stresses both professional advancement and a greater understanding of the philosophy, scope, and nature of adult education, adult basic education and literacy, and leadership development. The curriculum provides the innovative knowledge and practices necessary to develop competencies in a constantly evolving field. The major areas of emphasis in Adult and Continuing Education include the following: Human Resource Development/Training, Extension Education, Community Education, and Continuing Professional Education.

Distance Learning Opportunities

The department offers a sizable proportion of masters degree and professional license programming via distance-enhanced delivery. A limited amount of doctoral coursework is available. Distance-enhanced options are available in both educational leadership and adult education. Please see program and course offerings at K-State Global Campus.