Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Specialization in PreK-12 Education

California State University, Los Angeles is now accepting applications to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program in Educational Leadership, which is planned to begin in fall 2009, pending approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University System.

Educational Leadership at CSU Los Angeles

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at CSULA is built around four program goals:

  • Educational Leadership in the Service of Justice, Access, and Social Change,
  • Leadership Grounded in Knowledge and Expertise in Teaching, Learning and Organizational Change,
  • Critical Reflection Embedded in Leadership Practice, and 
  • Leadership that Engages with the Broader Community

With emphasis placed on leadership in practice, the program fosters expanded understanding of the many contexts in which educational leadership takes place. It focuses on the expertise, scholarship, and community-based inquiry necessary to advance all students’ rights to an education that supports social and economic justice and academic success. The program aims to develop leaders who engage in collaboration with members of diverse urban communities to analyze how the policies and practices of educational, political and legal institutions have addressed issues of access, equity, and full democratic participation. The program goals are woven through the three emphases offered in the CSULA program: Educational Leadership for System and School Redesign; Educational Leadership for Urban Teaching and Learning; and Educational Leadership for Students' Special Needs and Supports.

Students will select an emphasis area when applying to the program and incoming cohorts will be balanced with students from each area of emphasis. Course work will consist of core courses taken by all students in the cohort and courses specific to the emphases will be taken by students specializing in those areas. To provide students with peer support and faculty advising and mentoring from entry to the doctoral program through completion of the dissertation process, each session students will enroll in small lab courses (laboratories of practice) led by faculty members whose scholarly and research expertise match students’ interests. In this way, students not only benefit from the collective knowledge, experience and interest of a diverse cohort but also from the ongoing collaboration and participation in research-related activities that small peer-group settings can best provide.

For additional information contact:

Division of Applied & Advanced Studies in Education
Charter College of Education
Cal State L.A.
King Hall C2098
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8143
Phone: 323-343-4330


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Special Notice:

If you are planning to apply for the Fall 2009 Ed. D. Cohort 1, please take the Graduate Records Exam as soon as possible. Admission review will begin in early Spring. Further application information will be posted very soon.  Contact the GRE at www.ets.org

Ed.D. Info Flyer
Application to program
Powerpoint about the program (pending)

December 12, 2008
January 8, 2009, Thursday at 8:00 pm
January 9, 2009
January 23, 2009
All meetings are on Fridays at 4:00 in King Hall, room KH C2091.
R.S.V.P REQUIRED TO:  blee@calstatela.edu one week in advance of the meeting.


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