Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership

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Program Overview

The Educational Leadership Doctorate program is designed for working professionals seeking training to become highly qualified educational leaders for P-12 school districts or community colleges.  Representatives from P-12 school districts and community colleges work collaboratively with CSULB faculty and administrators to design, implement, and evaluate this program.

Emphasis is placed on the expanding and changing role of education for social change to meet the needs of society. Graduate students in a learning cohort community will experience an interdisciplinary approach to the study of educational leadership, teaching and learning, organizational development, management and research.

Program Options

Two program strands are offered:

Elementary/Secondary Educational Leadership

PK-12 specialization graduates are prepared for positions as principals, superintendents, lead teachers, and other school site administrators.

Community College/Higher Education Educational Leadership

Higher Education specialization graduates will be prepared for critical positions at both 2-year and 4-year institutions as college presidents, student support service administrators, and other administrative leaders.

Program Features

Students are admitted each summer term

  • Classes begin in May
  • Cohort model facilitates the development of learning communities and professional networks

Full-time study is required

  • 7-9 units each semester
  • Summer study is required
  • 60 unit program designed to be completed in 3 years

Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Intended for working professionals

  • classes are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends
  • coursework designed to accommodate and benefit from the full-time employment of program participants

Our Graduates

Graduates of the program will be qualified for a variety of teaching and leadership positions in education and education-related settings, such as superintendent, central office administrator, school principal in P-12, or chancellor, president or administrator in community colleges or 4-year universities.