The Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) in PK-12 Educational Administration program is designed to expand the content competencies and applied leadership skills of candidates in educational leadership careers in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings, as well as in central office administration.

Ed.D. in PK-12 Education Administration

Curriculum focuses on current and future educational challenges to enhance the knowledge and skill development of public-school leaders in their positions, incorporating strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, interpersonal and inter-group functioning, technological proficiency, and effective communication.

This program admits a cohort of students every other Spring semester. The next cohort will begin Spring 2022.  All application materials are due on or before November15, 2021.

UMKC Application for Admission

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Degree Requirements and Documents:

The Ed.D in PK-12 Administration program will provide opportunities for students to acquire content competencies and applied leadership skills following the completion of a masters or specialist degree (or equivalent) in the field of Education Administration. Students with masters in other degree programs may be provisionally accepted. Approximately 15-20 students admitted to the program each cohort cycle.

Recommended minimums for applicants

  • The completion of a Master’s degree in Education Administration (Masters in other fields may be provisionally accepted)
  • Graduate GPA of 3.65 or above.
  • Successful completion of 3 hours or equivalent of Statistical Methods 1(EDRP 5505) and 3 hours or equivalent of Principles and Methods of Research (EDRP 5508), each with a grade of B or higher (may be admitted provisionally with expectation to complete during the first two semesters of course work).

In making admission decisions, ELPF does not discriminate against anyone based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin and/or disability.

Visit the ELPF resources page for more information about this degree, including degree requirements that are found in the handbook.

Application Deadlines:

This program admits a cohort of students every other Spring semester. The next cohort will begin Spring 2022.  All application materials are due on or before November 15, 2021.

Program Contact:

Loyce Caruthers, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
339 Education Building
816-235-1044
caruthersl@umkc.edu

Admissions:

The online graduate application and the official transcripts will need to be sent directly to the UMKC Admissions Office. All other supplemental application materials should be sent to:

ELPF Division Office
615 E. 52nd St., Suite #328
Kansas City, MO 64110

You may also view the UMKC Catalog for learning objectives and admissions requirements.

Application Procedures

Applications for the Spring 2022 semester must be completed and received no later than November 15, 2021.  Application materials should be submitted to two separate offices on campus: 1) The UMKC Admissions Office, AND 2) Division of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundation’s office.

Materials to be sent to the UMKC Admissions Office

Applications can be submitted online or mailed to:

UMKC Office of Admissions
University of Missouri – Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road, AC #120
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Materials to be sent to the ELPF Doctoral Admission Committee

  1. Curriculum Vita/Resume
    • Personal Information (address, phone, e-mail)
    • Employment history & educational background
    • Relevant research experiences & volunteer work
    • Presentations, Publications, Honors or Awards
    • Membership/Leadership in professional organizations
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from raters who know you professionally or in academic settings (They cannot be friends or relatives)
    • Evaluators should address your suitability for doctoral level studies, interpersonal skills and other information relating to your professional or academic performance.
    • Letters of recommendation should be on official letterhead.
    • Letters may be sent electronically (as a PDF file) to Loyce Caruthers (caruthersl@umkc.edu) or mailed or hand delivered to our office. If mailing, please send to Loyce Caruthers to the address below.
  3. Autobiographical statement
    • Submit a concise (two to three pages) statement concerning the following: Your professional goals and interests, including your research knowledge and experiences, and how the doctorate degree may result in achieving your goals.
  4. Academic writing sample reflecting a high proficiency in academic writing. The sample may be a previous course paper, a chapter from a thesis, published article, etc. Please send copies, as documents will not be returned.

Note: If you have completed your masters or specialist degrees in Education Administration at UMKC within the past five years, you do not have to submit new letters of recommendation. Some of the other documents may already be in your files, and resubmission may not be needed. Please send copies or email pdf files to Loyce Caruthers, as documents will not be returned.

Attn: Loyce Caruthers

Educational Doctorate Admissions Committee,
Division of Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations
University of Missouri – Kansas City
615 E. 52nd St., Suite #328
Kansas City, MO 64110

Email: Caruthersl@umkc.edu