K-12 Administration

Ed.D. in K-12 Administration Program

Doctor of Education

With an Ed.D. in K-12 administration, you’ll make a lasting difference by transforming students, colleagues, and communities.

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Discover what’s next. In Bethel’s Doctor of Education: Leadership in K-12 Administration program, you’ll be prepared for the complex and challenging role of school and district leadership. By integrating a values-informed framework into your administrative practices, you’ll grow as a trustworthy leader capable of transforming students, colleagues, and communities. With an emphasis on innovation, clarity, and collaboration, you will be prepared to understand and meet the needs of today’s school communities.

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In our Ed.D. in K-12 Administration program, you’ll prepare for the wonderfully complex and challenging role of leadership in K-12 settings. Students can earn a principal, superintendent, and special education director license. Non-license-seeking students complete an individualized directed study.

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Program Highlights

Supportive faculty

Our professors are scholars and experienced practitioners who understand the real-life challenges of K-12 education. They bring relevant knowledge and evidence-based practices into your learning process and are committed to your success.


Our program is predominantly completed online—along with yearly intensives—and is designed for doctoral students who work full time, have families, and are involved in their community. Courses start every eight weeks, allowing you to start your program at any time throughout the year and finish in as little as three years, plus a dissertation.

Licensure options

You’ll have the opportunity to earn a license as a principal, superintendent, and/or director of special education so you’re prepared to serve in the educational role that best suits your interests, skills, and career goals.

Values-based leadership

Our professors integrate their faith into their instruction, modeling the importance of values-based leadership, which encourages you to integrate your ethical commitments into your leadership.

Dissertation research

Advisors and committee members support you through each step to ensure the timely completion of a high-quality dissertation.

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Ed.D. in K-12 Administration
The roles of K-12 administrators require self-awareness, authenticity, ethics, humility, confidence, and grace. Our Ed.D. in K-12 Administration program provides an interactive online learning environment for working professionals who serve or want to serve in leadership roles within K-12 education. We’ll help you synthesize effective leadership practices through case studies, small-group work, discussions, and interactions with respected, inspirational educational leaders. You’ll be prepared to foster a culturally responsive environment where staff and students thrive.


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Career Outcomes


Our Ed.D. in K-12 Administration will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to be a confident, innovative, and successful leader.


Enhance your ability to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Engage in reflective practices and sustained personal formation
  • Apply strategic and collaborative thinking to issues and problems
  • Demonstrate strong academic writing and research abilities
  • Integrate faith/values and ethics in their leadership of educational institutions
  • Display proficiency of the Minnesota administrative license competencies


Our graduates work as:

  • Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Special education directors
  • Deans and assistant principals
  • Instructional coaches
  • Equity directors
  • Charter school executive directors
  • Variety of school and teacher leaders
  • Administrators in international and private schools
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