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Ed. D. in Educational Leadership

Our History

In Summer 2007, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) was one of the first campuses in the California State University system to offer an independent doctoral program, Ed. D. in Educational Leadership.  This program represents a major achievement and advancement in the history of higher education in California and addresses the demand for highly qualified educational leaders for P-12 school districts and 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.

Our Vision

To build a dynamic, rigorous, and inclusive doctoral program that prepares leaders to make remarkable differences in the educational lives of others.

Our Mission

To support dynamic, transformative, socially responsible leaders who engage others, value diversity, operate with academic integrity, and believe in people and their educational futures.

Program Overview

  • Two program strands are offered
    • Educational Leadership in the Pre K-12 School Districts
    • Educational Leadership in the Community College/Higher Education
  • Students are admitted each summer term
    • Classes begin in June
    • 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
  • 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
    • PK-12 specialization coursework is designed to concurrently meet the requirements for the Professional Administrative Services (Tier II) Credential

How to Apply

Required Documents:

  • Official transcripts for all college coursework (excluding CSULB courses) - sent directly to Enrollment Services
  • GRE scores (from within the past 5 years) - sent directly to Enrollment Services (school code: 4389)
  • Current Resume/Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • Three letters of recommendation

Information Sessions (2016 Admissions)

Information sessions cover the details of the application process and program requirements, provides a brief introduction to the program of study and what to expect in the program, and provides an opportunity to meet doctoral program faculty. It is recommended that all prospective students attend at least one session.

RSVP to attend an Information Sessions by clicking here

last updated — Jul 7, 2015