The cognate is an individualized specialty area of study encompassing the student's interests and needs, yet related to the major area of study, Organizational Leadership. All students are required to complete a cognate area of study consisting of fifteen (15) semester hours in such areas as, but not limited to: the Superintendency, School Building Administration, Business Management, Curriculum, Theology, Professional Development, Gifted and Talented Education, and Higher Education Pedagogy. Selection of the cognate is reviewed with the student's adviser and program committee.
Often, courses applied to licensure in educational administration may be taken as part of the cognate. The educational administration licensure programs are described in the Graduate Catalog within the section "Master of Education (M. Ed.)." Doctoral students must meet with their adviser and the Director of Doctoral Studies to formulate the cognate portion of their program.