Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership

Program Descriptions

Current Programs

CSU Bakersfield
The program at CSU Bakersfield is a partnership with CSU Fresno. It is focused on preparing P-12 and community college leaders to advance educational opportunities and provide equitable academic achievement for diverse groups of students. It links graduate scholarship with practical problem solving in education in order to achieve transformations both in future leaders and in the quality of education in the region. Practice-based research addresses significant problems faced by local educational institutions, is designed with and facilitated by P-16 community partners, and is structured to bring about systemic educational reforms. CSU Fresno expert faculty members are among the primary instructional faculty in the program.

CSU East Bay
CSU East Bay has implemented an Ed.D program that gives a new opportunity for executive leadership, facilitating bold and socially responsible executive leaders in PK-12 schools. The CSU East Bay Department of Educational Leadership has developed this program to specifically address and resolve issues that have impacted the achievement and success of students of color, and other marginalized students and communities of California's PK-12 public schools.The program includes a nationally acclaimed, interdisciplinary faculty and exemplary administrators who share a deep understanding and commitment to social justice and equity. Acknowledging that candidates are full time education professionals, the ELSJ degree program has been creatively designed with flexible scheduling. The ELSJ program is also structured to allow candidates to complete coursework and dissertation within three years.

CSU Fresno
The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State draws from the University's fifteen year history leading a joint doctoral program in educational leadership. Its campus-wide strengths as a premier university serving Central California provide underpinnings for its Ed.D. program. The primary focus of the program is to equip leaders with the skills to improve the educational attainment of students in the Central California region, thereby contributing significantly to the region's economic, social, and cultural vitality. The campus offers both a P-12 and Community College leadership program.

CSU Fullerton
CSU Fullerton's Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership builds on the campus' two decades of successful experience working with surrounding school districts and community colleges in addressing the major challenges faced by the rapidly changing demographics of North, Central, and Southern Orange County. The program directly responds to the needs of the county K-12 and community college population, which has become majority minority in the past 20 years. CSU Fullerton offers both a P-12 leadership program and a program in Community College leadership.

CSU Long Beach
The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership at CSU Long Beach builds on the campus' nationally recognized master's degree programs in community college leadership, student development in higher education, and educational administration. The Ed.D. program draws on the campus leadership role in the development of the Long Beach Education Partnership, a national model for seamless educational success from preschool through college. CSU Long Beach offers both P-12 and Community College leadership specializations.

CSU Los Angeles
In keeping with Cal State L.A.'s mission, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is built around four program goals that support educational reform in the diverse urban Los Angeles region: Educational Leadership in the Service of Justice, Access, & Social Change; Leadership Grounded in Knowledge and Expertise in Teaching, Learning and Organizational Change; Critical Reflection Embedded in Leadership Practice; and Leadership that Engages with the Broader Community. With emphasis placed on leadership as practice, the program fosters expanded understanding of the many locations in which educational leadership takes place. Drawing on faculty expertise in urban education, the program aims to develop leaders who engage in collaboration with members of diverse urban communities to study how policies and practices of educational, political and legal institutions are addressing the challenges facing PreK-12 schools. The Ed.D. program will add a post-secondary specialization in the future.

CSU Northridge
CSU Northridge's Ed.D. program focuses on the knowledge and practical skills needed by administrators to be effective leaders in PK-12 and community colleges. The distinguishing feature of the program is the two separate cohorts for individuals preparing for leadership positions in either PK-12 or Community Colleges. This two-strand approach addresses the distinct issues for each level of educational leadership, including the instructional leadership for the elimination of achievement gaps and leadership focused on student learning outcomes. Students are also engaged in field-based inquiry and dissertation research to address school/district/college issues. Experienced educators interested in pursuing advanced leadership positions such as chair, dean, or college president. An induction plan within the program allows for the completion of the Tier II Professional Administrative Credential for PK-12 candidates.

Cal Poly Pomona
The Cal Poly Pomona program, developed in close collaboration with school, district, and community leaders who reflect the regionís diverse community, is uniquely designed for P-12 leaders who are committed to transforming schools, turning around under- performing schools, and enhancing schools that are already succeeding. Intended for working professionals, the program provides a cohort-based, academically rigorous, and practically relevant curriculum that prepares graduates to make a significant and immediate impact in their organizations. Candidates are guided and supported at each stage of the doctoral program through mentoring, faculty advisement, and interactive seminars that build dissertation research skills for ensuring successful completion of the degree.

CSU Sacramento
Sacramento State's Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership has distinctive features reflecting its location in the center of state government. The faculty have developed a distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum in which classes have integrative connections focused on transformational leadership, critical policy analysis and action, and strategic, informed decision-making. Both a P-12 and a Community College leadership specialization are offered.

CSU San Bernardino
The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership at CSU San Bernardino has its roots in a deep commitment to addressing the educational needs of schools in the rapidly growing Inland Empire and the geographically disperse areas of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The program builds on campus programs in educational leadership and curriculum, public administration, social and behavioral sciences, and science, mathematics, and technology. The campus will initially offer a P-12 emphasis and plans to add a Community College specialization in the future.

San Diego State University
The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University derives from 30 years of experience in doctoral education on the campus. It includes attention to effective strategies for addressing the needs of all P-14 students in the region, including those in urban and rural areas. The Ed.D. program offers both P-12 and Community College concentrations. It emphasizes applied research responding to the needs of students from diverse cultural and language backgrounds and the central challenges faced by educational leaders in the San Diego region.

San Francisco State University
The San Francisco State University Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership builds on the multi-disciplinary strengths of seven Colleges: Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, Creative Arts, Ethnic Studies, Health and Human Services, and Humanities. The campus' Strategic Plan for 2005-10, A Bridge to Opportunity, outlines the campus commitment to social justice and equity, and the new independent doctorate in Educational Leadership reflects these institutional priorities. It offers both P-12 and Community College specializations.

San José State University
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at San José State University emphasizes a systems approach to human centered education leadership. The philosophy of the San José State University Ed.D. program is based on the belief that educational leaders serve in learner-centered systems in which inquiry, learning, and human care are central values; it implies a change in the source of inspiration for education leaders and motivates leaders and followers to extend and improve their practices thorough commitment as a learner, and through self-reflection and change. The role for educational leaders entails developing a learning community, one that promotes collaboration and shared decision making. This enlarged role of leadership also implies a movement towards more distributed models of leadership and creating a public will that is networked and dispersed and charged with successfully educating all students. The doctoral program begins with an intensive on campus five-week summer session that meets three days per week. The second summer includes a global education component including 2-3 week educational and cultural experience outside of the U.S. Fall and spring semester classes are scheduled for weekdays and weekends. The program focuses on PK-12 leadership.

CSU Stanislaus
The three- year cohort based Ed.D program at CSU Stanislaus prepares students for Instructional Leadership, including the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and assess instructional reforms that lead to improved student achievement. The program is accommodating to the working professionals’ schedule and is grounded in the research studies of instructional reform strategies, integrating pedagogy with administrative and instructional leadership to improve the quality of public education in diverse environments. Ed.D candidates in this program are provided with the opportunity to work in learning communities as educators, leaders, policy makers and policy advocates.


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Last Updated: March 10, 2014