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Educational Leadership

David Thompson, Chair

Professors Bailey, Oaklief, Polson, Rankin, Salsberry, Shoop, Spikes, and Thompson; Associate Professors Bosco, Devin, Fishback, Miller, O'Dell, Ross, and Scott; Assistant Professors Collins, Hwang, Siefers, and Zacharakis; Instructors: Hironaka and Wells; Emeriti: Byrne, Litz, Meisner, Stewart, and Wilson.


Leadership studies minor

K-State's interdisciplinary minor in leadership studies focuses on developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, and inclusive leaders through information sharing and practical experiences. The courses will provide you with an understanding of historic and contemporary theories and models of leadership while exploring the relationship among community service, inclusiveness, ethics, followership, and leadership

The minor requires 18 semester hours. Some of these courses may already be part of your major, while others will be courses taken to enhance your program of study. Four core courses are required:

EDLST 212Introduction to Leadership Concepts2-3
EDLST 350Culture and Context in Leadership3
EDLST 405Leadership in Practice2
EDLST 450Senior Seminar in Leadership2

You must earn at least 9 additional hours to complete the minor, with at least one 3-hour course from each of the following areas (see your advisor for specific choices):


Theories of leadership/organizational behavior

Foundations and applications of leadership

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Leadership studies courses

University General Education courseEDLST 212. Introduction to Leadership Concepts. (2-3) I, II, S. This course is organized to provide students with a broad overview of leadership theories, an introduction to ethical decision making, identification of personal leadership styles, and current societal issues for leaders. Pr.: None.

EDLST 213. Applied Leadership Skills. (3) Offered upon request. This course provides opportunities for all interested students to be introduced to leadership skills application, with emphasis on practice in supervised clinical settings. Pr.: None.

EDLST 350. Culture and Context in Leadership. (3) I, II, S. This course is organized to provide students with an opportunity to integrate the course and leadership experiences in light of contemporary issues in the study of leadership behavior across cultures and contexts. The course is based on the current research and writing that introduce and discuss the impact of culture and context on the concept of leadership and development of individuals as interculturally competent leaders. Pr.: EDLST 212, sophomore standing.

EDLST 405. Leadership in Practice. (2) I, II, S. This course provides an opportunity to practice leadership and followership in an experiential setting followed by an in-depth classroom discussion. Pr.: EDLST 212, 350, and junior standing.

EDLST 430. Women and Leadership. (3) I, II. This course addresses issues related to leadership as it intersects with women's studies scholarship, such as: women's styles of leadership, women and competition, sexism in the workplace, gender differences in communication, and feminist models of leadership. This course will explore issues related to women's leadership development in the theoretical contexts of leadership studies and women's studies. Pr.: EDLST 212 or WOMST 105.

EDLST 450. Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies. (2) I, II. Foundation texts of leadership studies as well as current research will be highlighted. The goal of this course is to assist students in the integration of their academic leadership course work and leadership experiences in preparation for their roles as members of the contemporary work force. Pr.: EDLST 212, 350, 405, and senior standing.

EDLST 502. Independent Study in Leadership Studies. (0-3) I, II, S. Selected topics in leadership studies. Maximum of three hours applicable toward degree requirements. Pr.: Consent of department head.

Educational administration courses

EDADL 770. Educational Change and Technology. (2) II. This course deals with educational change, teaming, and information literacy. Three thrusts are considered: the emerging technologies and educational change, shaping change with technology, and the use of technology/ information literacy to transform teaching and learning. Pr.: Teaching experience.

EDADL 775. Readings in Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Readings in research and application in specialized areas in education. May be taken more than once. Pr.: FSHS 110.

EDADL 786. Topics in Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Examination of current topic in specialization of faculty. Varied topics offered each semester so course may be repeated. Pr.: FSHS 110.

EDADL 795. Problems in Education. Credit arranged. I, II, S. Selected students are permitted to secure specialized training appropriate to the needs of the individual. The student's project may involve intensive library investigation in a special field or the collection and analysis of data pertinent to a given problem. All work is done independently under the direction of a faculty member. As many conferences are held as necessary to assure successful completion of a project. Pr.: Background of courses necessary for the problem undertaken and consent of instructor.

Adult and continuing education courses

EDACE 714. International Education. (3) On sufficient demand. Contemporary overview of the field of international education and an introduction to three of its parts: comparative education, intercultural education, and development education.

EDACE 725. Adult Basic Education Techniques. (3) On sufficient demand. Emphasis on providing students with an understanding of the selection, utilization, and development of adult basic education reference, resources, and other materials.

EDACE 733. Practicum in Adult Education. (1-6) On sufficient demand. Related occupational or professional experiences in approved industry, school, Cooperative Extension Service, or similar agency setting under faculty supervision. Pr.: Consent of instructor.

EDACE 750. Women, Education, and Work. (2-3) II, S. Emphasizes the collective and individual educational needs of women in and out of the work force and the part that occupational/educational preparation contributes to their participation in the work force.

EDACE 754. Adult Basic Education. (3) On sufficient demand. Evolving adult basic and high school equivalency education concepts will be examined. Program implementation, supervision, methods, and materials are emphasized. Pr.: Adult teaching experience or consent of instructor.

EDACE 775. Readings in Adult Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Readings in research and application in specialized areas in education. May be taken more than once. No more than 3 hours may apply to a graduate degree.

EDACE 780. Introduction to Adult Education. (3) I, II, S. A survey of adult education. Consideration given to articulation with other levels of education. Identification of changing needs within the field are reviewed

EDACE 786. Topics in Adult Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Examination of current topic in area of specialization of faculty. Varied topics offered each semester so course may be repeated.

EDACE 790. Characteristics of the Adult Learner. (3) II, S. For teachers and administrators in adult and occupational programs who need a familiarity with the major characteristics of adulthood which affect the adult as a learner. Includes an examination of early, middle, and late adulthood.

EDACE 795. Problems in Adult and Continuing Education. (Var.) I, II, S. Independent study of specific problems in the areas of adult or occupational education.

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