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CODEL Program Summary

The CODEL program is dedicated to enriching and supporting leaders who are devoting their lives to social justice and democracy in and through education. The program will initially have two options for specialization: (1) P-12 Educational Leadership and (2) Post-secondary Educational Leadership (including community college leadership and administration).Other possible options for specialization may be added in the future.

The philosophical cornerstone of this program is in its attentiveness to curricular issues of relevance and practice. The program includes curriculum-embedded fieldwork, ensuring that this applied doctorate of professional practice maintains an essential balance between practice and theory. Learning in the CODEL program will be both theoretically based and sharply focused on real life educational issues and problems.

This doctorate in education will prepare leaders to meet the educational challenges of today and the future. New skills developed in the program will enable graduates to:

  • Acquire theoretical, practical, methodological and empirical knowledge
  • Conduct field-based research
  • Serve the needs of an increasingly diverse student population
  • Establish sound educational policy and practice
  • Play a leadership role in educational reform
  • Conduct educational assessments and evaluations
  • Lead innovations in teaching, learning and communicating online

The target population for this program is educators who are leaders or who have potential to be educational leaders in either the P-12 or post-secondary sectors. Because the CODEL program will be jointly offered, graduating students will receive a diploma with official seals from both Fresno State and CSU Channel Islands.

CODEL Program Structure

The CODEL program is a 60-unit degree with 27 units of corecourses (27 units = 9 courses), 21 units of specializationcourses (21 units = 7 courses), and 12 dissertationunits. Fieldwork components are embedded in many of the core and specialization courses. The program has two strands, one in P-12 Educational Leadership and the other in Higher Education Leadership. Students will progress through the program in cohorts, and each cohort will include students from both strands. This model ensures that “educational leadership” is broadly conceived, allowing students in the P-12 strand to develop deep understandings about what they are preparing P-12 students for, and allowing students in the post-secondary strand to develop deep understandings about where their students are coming from. Students from both strands will take 9 core courses together, and then will split off during their specialization phase of 7 courses.

The program can be completed in three years. Students will attend an intensive residency each of at least three summers they are enrolled in the program (in the range of 8-10 days per residency). During residencies, students and faculty will live in dormitory housing on the CI or Fresno State campus and engage together in community-building, orientation, advising and coursework activities.

Most of the core and specialization courses will take place online, making the CODEL program accessible to working professionals. During the academic year, therefore, the CODEL program will be a virtual campus experience of interactive classes, delivered online and incorporating the latest social networking tools. Courses will be offered using the Blackboard online platform with enhanced features. The courses will use a balance of synchronous and asynchronous tools available in Blackboard, in addition to email, videoconference, teleconference, and other technology as appropriate (e.g., Skype, Google Hangout, GoogleDocs).

While CODEL students may not have entered the program with skills on the cutting edge of technology, they will leave the program prepared to lead innovations in teaching and learning online. At this time, the CODEL program is the only  Ed.D. program in the CSU system to be offered online.

Building Locally, Linking Globally

The CSU is building on the efforts of local campus leadership within the disciplines relevant to educational leadership to develop communities of faculty, students, and partners who will identify, review, organize and disseminate exemplary resources for teaching, learning and research in this field. For example, several CSU campuses have received federal grants to engage in leading research on issues related to improving achievement and academic success among diverse groups of P-12 and community college students The challenges CSU faculty and students face include:

  • How do I plan teaching and research that build on and reflect the most significant elements of current knowledge concerning educational reforms and achievement in P-12 and community college education?
  • How do I select areas of focus for research that address significant problems in P-12 and community college education, in ways that advance effective educational reforms and result in improved student performance?

The Educational Leadership Commons - is a locally governed website that leverages the larger MERLOT communities. CSU faculty and students create and work within their local online community, resources, and collection but their work gets channeled as they see fit, into the larger system-wide educational leadership community and the even larger multidisciplinary MERLOT Community. The opportunity to participate in the communities that best serve their individual needs is what the current design will enable faculty and students to do.

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