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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Educational Leadership Ed.D.

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Kathryn Bell McKenzie, Ph.D., Program Director

Office: Demergasso-Bava Hall - DBH 351
Phone: (209) 664-6564

The College of Education offers a cohort driven program in educational leadership, which leads to the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) degree.  Students interested in the Ed.D. degree program may obtain general information from the program office at (209) 664-6564 (DBH 351) or the Graduate School (209) 667-3129 (MSR 120).

The doctorate has specializations in PreK-12 and Community College Leadership that focus specifically on the educational needs in the six counties served by the university.  As a member of the Carnegie Project for the Educational Doctorate, the program:

  • Is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice.
  • Prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
  • Provides opportunities for candidates to develop and demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and to build partnerships.
  • Provides field-based opportunities to analyze problems of practice and use multiple frames to develop meaningful solutions.
  • Is grounded in and develops a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.
  • Emphasizes the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice. [CPED (2009) retrieved from http://cpedinitiative.org]

Specializations within the Ed.D. Program

1.  PreK-12 Leadership (PreK-12)

2.  Community College Leadership (CC)

Examples of Career Opportunities


  • mentor and professional development teachers
  • principals
  • coordinators
  • directors
  • assistant superintendents
  • associate superintendents
  • deputy superintendents
  • superintendents

Community College

  • instructors
  • professors
  • coordinators
  • directors
  • assistant deans
  • associate deans
  • deans
  • assistant vice presidents
  • associate vice presidents
  • presidents
  • assistant chancellors
  • associate chancellors
  • chancellors

Admission Requirements

The doctoral program requires the following of all applicants for admission to the doctoral program:

  1. The applicant holds an earned baccalaureate degree and earned master’s degree from accredited institution(s) of higher education.
  2. The applicant has attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in graduate courses completed.
  3. The applicant was in good standing at the last institution of higher education attended.
  4. The applicant has demonstrated sufficient preparation for, experiences in, and potential for educational leadership to benefit from the program including:
  • successful experience in school, postsecondary, community, and/or policy leadership;
  • problem-solving ability, technology proficiency, excellent writing skills;
  • interest in critically assessing and improving current educational policies and practices.

Evidence considered in the admission process shall include but is not be limited to:

  1. Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the three sections of the GRE General Test, taken within five years of applying to the program.
  2. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the leadership ability and scholarship of the candidate;
  3. A written statement of purpose attesting to the motives for applying to the program, short-term and long-term professional goals, and personal background and qualifications that provide adequate preparation for doctoral studies.  The statement of purpose should also include evidence of understanding the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges in California.
  4. A statement of support from the applicant’s employer, indicating support for the candidate’s doctoral studies.
  5. A personal interview (required of those applicants who have been identified as semi-finalists).

Program Requirements

The program of study is comprised of 60 semester units.  It is designed for working professionals and includes 48 units of core and specialization courses, and 12 units of dissertation credits.  Additional requirements include a written qualifying examination prior to the student’s advancement to candidacy; oral dissertation proposal examination to evaluate the candidates readiness to proceed to dissertation research; a dissertation that is a product of systematic, rigorous research on a significant educational issue; and final examination that is an oral defense of the candidate’s dissertation.  Students must earn a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the coursework taken to satisfy the requirements for the degree.

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