About the Ed.D. Program

The California State University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership programs represent an innovative professional doctorate in education that explicitly aim to achieve high levels of quality and relevance.

These unique doctoral programs for educational leaders were authorized by the California Legislature to respond to the urgent need for well-prepared administrators to lead the state's public schools and community colleges.

Every Ed.D. program in the CSU:

  • Is designed to equip leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve reforms that improve student achievement
  • Uses a common framework that builds on nationally recognized P-12 and Community College professional standards and competencies for leaders
  • Links theory, research and practice in programs that are responsive and relevant to P-12 and Community College needs in specific regions of California
  • Is characterized by strong partnerships with P-12 and Community College practitioners. We collaborate with our local educational partners on program design, recruitment, admissions, teaching, and program assessment and evaluation.

For more information, please contact Joan Bissell, Ed.D., Director, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs, CSU Office of the Chancellor, at 562-951-4716 jbissell@calstate.edu.