Course Syllabi

Curricular Design

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a 60 unit degree with 27 units of Core courses, 21 units of Specialization courses, and 12 Dissertation units. Fieldwork components are embedded in many of the Core and Specialization Courses. The degree program has two focal areas or strands, one in P-12 Education Leadership and the other in Post-secondary Education Leadership (including Community College leadership and administration).Students progress through the program in cohorts. Students from both strands will take core courses together, and then will split off during their specialization phase.

The program can be completed in three (3) years, or nine (9) semesters (Summer/Fall/Spring continuous enrollment). Students desiring to take longer may do so by not registering for dissertation units during the final year. The target population for this program is educators who are leaders or have the potential to be education leaders in either the P-12 or Higher Education (Community College) sectors. The program is organized by 15 eight-week course sessions and 3 one-week intensive residencies scheduled during the summers.

Core Courses (Required for all tracks) (27 units):

  • EDL 551- Organizational Theory and Leadership in Complex Organizations
  • EDL 552- Educational Reform
  • EDL 553- Educational Policy Environments
  • EDL 554- Applied Quantitative Research Methods
  • EDL 556- Conceptual Curriculum Perspectives for Educational Leadership
  • EDL 557- Applied Qualitative Research Methods
  • EDL 558- Theories of Cross-Cultural Education
  • EDL 559- Applied Research and Measurement in Education
  • EDL 561- Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

Specialization Courses (21 units). May be different from cohort to cohort.Specific courses to be offered will be based on the needs of the student members of each cohort. Specialization course topics may include leadership for equity and social justice, curriculum leadership, human resource administration, professional learning communities, community college administration, interpersonal leadership and conflict resolution, professional ethics and moral issues in education, and writing for publication.

Mode of Delivery. Seventy-five percent of contact hours will occur via distance/online delivery.This program is comprised of 9 core courses (27 units or 405 contact hours), 7 specialization courses (21 units, 315 contact hours) and 12 hours of dissertation units, for a total of 60 units that can be completed in a three-year period. Of 720 course contact hours, 180 will be offered in person during three summer residencies, each of which will be approximately one week long (a minimum of 60 contact hours per residency).

Policy on Transfer Credits

No more than nine (9) units of transfer semester credits or 12 (12) quarter credits may be transferred into the joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, pending review and approval by the Co-Directors.

Any units accepted by the program Co-Directors may be counted toward the specialization courses and may not be counted towards completion of the core courses. Courses must be graduate-level courses with a grade of B or better. Course syllabi, catalog descriptions of the courses, the course numbering and grading system, information clarifying whether the institution used the semester or quarter system, and a copy of the transcript showing the posted grades for the courses must be submitted to the program Co-Directors along with the request to accept the transfer credits.


The California State University has established the CSU Education Doctorate State University Fee for students enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. The CSU Education Doctorate State University Fee rate is linked to the University of California graduate fee rate and will be subject to the same fee increases assessed by the University of California.

The CSU Education Doctorate State University Fee rate is currently $5,960.50. Doctoral students will attend three semester terms per year (fall, spring, and summer). In addition to semester fees, costs associated with attending a minimum of three (3) summer residencies will be applicable. All fees are subject to change.

Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete the 60-unit course sequence with a grade of B or better in each course, pass the Qualifying Examination, and pass a preliminary and final defense of their dissertation.
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