Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Kay Worner

Professional Credentials/Licensure

  • Secondary Principal License
  • Elementary Principal License
  • Superintendent License

Program Areas

Doctoral, Specialist, Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate, and Master’s Courses in Educational Administration & Leadership

Research/Interest Areas

  • Author of the book, Success in the Superintendency: Tips and Advice, 2010
  • Numerous articles related to the superintendency


Dr. Kay Worner graduated from Drake University with a BSE in Social Science and a MSE in Special Education. She received a Specialist Degree and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Iowa State. Dr. Worner is licensed as a secondary and elementary school principal and as a superintendent. In her career, the positions she has held include: regular and special education teaching (junior high and high school), special education regional coordinator, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, Elementary Principal, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Administration. She has written a book on the superintendency and she has worked with dozens of school districts, superintendents, school boards, state agencies, and professional organizations as a consultant, mentor, presenter, or facilitator.  

Dr. Worner was selected as Minnesota Outstanding Leader (Kay E. Jacobs Award) in 1996, and Minnesota Superintendent of the Year in 2004. Her areas of interest for teaching and mentorship at the university include: superintendency, community education, school finance, auxiliary functions, and change processes.

Courses Taught

  • EDAD 507 Community Education Field Experience
  • EDAD 601 Intro. To Educational Leadership
  • EDAD 605 K-12 Principal
  • EDAD 608 Superintendency
  • EDAD 610 Administrative Leadership
  • EDAD 611 Portfolio Review
  • EDAD 620 School Law
  • EDAD 630 Introduction to Personnel
  • EDAD 640 Intro. to School Finance
  • EDAD 642/645 Auxiliary Functions
  • EDAD 650 Introduction to Community Relations
  • EDAD 652 School and Community Relations
  • EDAD 657 Educational Policy
  • EDAD 678 Field Experience: Superintendent
  • EDAD 804 Visioning & the Change Process