Doctorate in Educational Leadership
This program is designed for accomplished professionals who seek additional knowledge and experience to enhance their current positions, and who wish to pursue new opportunities in the field of educational leadership. Students prepare for positions in early childhood programs; K–12 schools and school districts; community colleges and institutions of higher education; and nonprofit educational organizations; as well as positions in evaluation, advocacy, and consulting. The EdD program is designed for working professionals and courses take place in the evening.
Students enrolled in the EdD program may concurrently pursue an administrative services credential.
- Develop a thoughtful, reflective model of leadership in which candidates use a variety of research tools; apply inquiry methods and change theory to strategic planning, implementation, and assessment; and collaborate with constituencies, in order to create optimal conditions for teaching and learning.
- Foster a collaborative model of leadership that values inclusiveness, collaboration, information testing and sharing, diversity of representation, consensus building, conflict resolution, as well as more traditional conceptions of leadership.
- Develop a leadership model grounded in knowledge of teaching and learning, administrative guidance in curriculum development, use of change theories and strategies in meeting the legal, ethical, social and fiscal demands that leaders will inevitably confront.
- Designed for working professionals: The program is designed for accomplished professionals who seek to advance their careers to an executive level. Courses are taught in the evening by instructors who are also working professionals and provide opportunities for students to draw on their working experiences.
- Closely mentored: When students pick a dissertation topic, they select a dissertation chair who works closely with them on the design, implementation, and analysis of their data.
- Sequential course structure: Studies begin with a five-course sequence known as the doctoral core. This year-long sequence challenges students to develop the components of their dissertation proposal, including their problem statement, literature review, methods section, and conceptual framework. By the end of this sequence, students have a solid rough draft of their dissertation proposal.
The course work is designed to prepare students to write a dissertation that is closely aligned with their interests. Students often select problems that arise from their work in the field. In addition to the doctoral core, all students take courses with a self-selected leadership focus. See the Requirements page for a list of courses required for this program; see the Course List & Descriptions page for paragraph-length descriptions of individual courses.
Created for accomplished working professionals, the EdD program prepares students to become successful leaders of organizations ranging from early childhood programs to nonprofit educational endeavors to institutions of higher education. Past graduates include a community college president; professors at state universities; public school principals; heads of independent schools; educational researchers; and executives at nonprofit organizations.
Completion of the EdD requires a total of 80 semester course credits. Students who are admitted to the program may petition for transfer of up to 24 semester course credits of relevant prior graduate-level work including from teacher certification masters programs. Upon admission to the program, each student develops a sequence of study in consultation with his or her academic advisor. This sequence will include core courses related to the theory and practice of leadership, a required set of courses in research methods, an area of specialization, and completion of the doctoral dissertation. The program generally requires two to three years of course work followed by the doctoral dissertation.
In students' first and possibly second year of course work, they work with their advisors to shape a course sequence that meets their educational and professional goals. These courses can consist of the Administrative Services Credential, the MA in Educational Leadership, the Leadership Program in Early Childhood MA, or any set of courses from those listed below. With the approval of the advisor, appropriate courses from other departments may also be included in the doctoral program.
|EDUC 208||Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention||4|
|EDUC 227/427||Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Education||4|
|EDUC 229||Schools, Sexuality, and Gender||4|
|EDUC 230||History of Education in the United States||4|
|EDUC 401||School Leadership||4|
|EDUC 403||Administrative Leadership: Theory, Concepts, and Practice||4|
|EDUC 404||Instructional Leadership||4|
|EDUC 405||Trauma Informed Leadership||4|
|EDUC 407||Perspectives on Human Resource Management||4|
|EDUC 410||Communities, Schools, and Critical Social Theory||4|
|EDUC 411A||Independent School Leadership I||4|
|EDUC 411B||Independent School Leadership II||4|
|EDUC 420||Urban Education||2|
|EDUC 421A||Inquiry into Leadership: Practice into Theory I||4|
|EDUC 421B||Inquiry into Leadership: Practice into Theory II||4|
|EDUC 424||Educational Program Evaluation||4|
|EDUC 426||Ethical and Moral Considerations in Educational Leadership||4|
|EDUC 432||Curricular Leadership||4|
|EDUC 438||California Community College History, Politics and Policy||4|
|EDUC 440||Hip Hop Pedagogy||4|
|EDUC 446||Working with Families and the Community||2|
|Students next enter the "doctoral core" phase of the EdD program. This consists of a sequence of required courses outlined below:|
|EDUC 413||Qualitative Methods||4|
|EDUC 414||Quantitative Methods||4|
|EDUC 425||Introduction to Research Design||4|
|EDUC 434||Research Methods: Proposal Design and Development I||4|
|EDUC 497||Directed Reading for Dissertation||4|
|EDUC 450||Dissertation Research/Thesis Research||2-4|
Community College Leadership Specialization
Students wishing to specialize in Community College Leadership and to have that specialization show on their transcript will need to take two additional required classes (EDUC 438 California Community College History, Politics and Policy . One of these courses may count as an elective in the program, but students wishing the Community College Specialization must complete 84 credits in their degree program. The two required courses will typically be offered in alternating years either during the regular academic year or in the summer.
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Single Subject Credential in Humanities (Art, English, Social Science, or Spanish or French as world languages)
- Single Subject Credential in Mathematics or Science
- MA in Education (MEET)
- Language, Culture, and Trauma Certificate in Teaching
Early Childhood Education
- MA in Early Childhood Education—MA/ECE
- MA in Child Life—MA/ECE/CL
- MA in Early Childhood Leadership—MA/ECL
- MA in Educational Leadership
- MA in Educational Leadership (online)
- Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership
- Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership
- Administrative Services Credential
Accelerated Degree Programs
- BA/MA Child Development & Elementary Education
- BA/MA Early Childhood Education
- BA/MA Early Childhood Special Education/Teaching Credential
- BA/MA Education/Teaching Credential