Shape the Future as a K-12 Education Innovator

Rockhurst University’s online Ed.D. in Education and Leadership program’s K-12 Leadership concentration is your doctoral pathway to a career as a primary and secondary education leader. With this two-year online degree, you will benefit from the specialized knowledge needed to address today’s rapidly changing educational environment so you can advocate for students and school systems.

In this program, you will build a deeper understanding of educational systems and policy and earn the credibility of your peers to:

  • Advocate for inclusive policies and support their implementation.
  • Bring a modern approach to the primary and secondary education sector.
  • Provide better access to technology and a more engaging learning experience for your students.

The K-12 Leadership online Ed.D. is cohort-based to foster success and to help you build your network and connect with other leaders in your field.

  • This program is 100% online, so you can continue to work while you earn your doctorate.
  • A doctoral research capstone project at the end of the program synthesizes your studies into a publishable article and poster presentation.
  • Graduate certificate options in DEI or STEAM are available at no additional cost
  • 2 years program length
    Flexible and accessible program
    can be completed in 2 years
  • committed to change and innovation
    Committed to change and innovation
    for communities and causes
  • capstone project
    One research capstone project
    no dissertation required
Admission Requirements
  • Master’s degree in any field OR completion of 33 graduate credits
  • 3.0 GPA  
  • 2 Letters of recommendation (professional) 
  • Personal statement 
  • Research statement
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts from all universities attended  
    (Evaluations for international transcripts are required. WES and others are accepted.)
Program Features
  • 45 credit hours
  • $816 per credit hour
  • 6 semesters/2 years
  • 2 start dates per year
  • DEI or STEAM certificate options available
Program Themes

Educational Systems and Policy
Deepen your knowledge of historical and modern educational frameworks and the key issues shaping today’s K-12 landscape.

Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
Draw upon learning theory to implement best practices in curriculum design, program assessment, and outcomes measures.

Applied Research
Use vital tools to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to solve problems in your practice.

State Authorization

Residents in all 50 states are eligible to apply to Rockhurst’s online Ed.D. in Education and Leadership program.


Rockhurst University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Business courses in this program are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.