Developing the Leaders Our Schools Need and Deserve


Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL)

“Working together to develop the leaders our schools need and deserve”

The Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL) program is a joint Ed.D. program offered by Fresno State University and CSU Channel Islands. The CODEL program is dedicated to enriching and supporting leaders who are devoting their lives to social justice and democracy in and through education. This program has two options: P-12 Educational Leadership and Post-secondary Educational Leadership (including community college leadership and administration).

What Is the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL)?

Created to serve working professionals, this 60-unit program is:

  • Designed to be completed in three years of core coursework, electives and dissertation
  • Structured by cohort, with an anticipated cohort size of 24 students
  • Delivered as a hybrid model, combining face-to-face instruction during summer residencies (8-10 days in residence during each summer the student is enrolled) with online coursework throughout the academic year
  • Strengthened by continuous fieldwork that links theoretical learning with practical application in the P12 or post-secondary context
  • Taught by faculty from both campuses and experienced practitioners in the P12 and community college systems

Participants will deepen their knowledge, skills and efficacy in the following areas:

  1. Leading successful educational change and reform for teaching and learning in the 21st century through ethical, equitable and research-based best practices
  2. Employing critical and systems thinking to identify root causes of complex educational problems and develop meaningful solutions to address educational inequities
  3. Respecting and engaging diverse families, organizations and communities through collaborative partnerships and networking
  4. Collaborating with others to generate and apply a professional knowledge base that integrates both experiential and research knowledge to inform leadership decisions; be able to undertake appropriate critical inquiry and research studies to inform leadership decisions
  5. Constructing and using program evaluations and assessments for the purpose of improving program quality

Initial Date of Cohort 3 Application Window

October 1, 2017

For additonal information, please contact Dr. Gary W. Kinsey at

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CODEL combines what has been learned from the rich tradition of the Fresno State doctoral program, one of the first doctoral programs offered in the CSU system, along with the innovation and entrepreneurial elements of the newest CSU campus, Channel Islands. Together, the two campuses believe they have created a program with the rigor and technological advances necessary to prepare and best serve the leaders we need for the 21st century.

The following link provides you with testimonials from graduates of the Fresno State program, and we hope that you will be among the first cohort of graduates from CODEL to add your testimonial as you complete the program.

Student Testimonials

Apply Now to CODEL Cohort 3

Please Note: If you are planning to apply for Ed. D. Cohort 3, please take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as soon as possible. See "Tips for GRE Preparation" below. Further application information will be posted soon.

Campus Links

Fresno State University

Fresno State Ed.D.

Fresno State Campus

CSU Channel Islands

Channel Islands Ed.D.

CSU Channel Islands Campus

Stay Networked Online with the CODEL Community

We know you’re a working professional and have my responsibilities outside of our program. To help make it convenient and effective for you to stay networked with the professionals in the CODEL Community, we’ve created a very easy to use online communications forum where you can ask questions, facilitate discussions, post documents and videos, and create blogs. These asynchronous social networking tools can keep you connected in ways that you want and need.

Click here to join the Voices of the CODEL Community