Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership


The Mission of the Educational Leadership department is to support dynamic, transformative, socially responsible leaders who engage others, value diversity, operate with academic integrity, and believe in people and their educational futures.  

To advance this mission, we strive to create spaces purposefully and authentically for students and professionals who have been historically excluded in education and broader society. We work to demonstrate our commitment to racial justice in our curriculum, classrooms, and programming, as well as having it reflected in our faculty, staff, and student body. 

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

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.

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.


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