Educational Leadership Student Resources

At Ed. Leadership, we work to ensure your academic experience is meaningful and successful.  Please explore some of the resources that are available to you in and outside our department.  We look forward to working with you on your educational journey.

Writing Support

Writing resources are available to all students in the Educational Leadership department.  Our goal is to help you transition into your program from undergraduate to graduate level writing and from graduate to doctoral level writing.  Within our department we offer writing workshops, our department has a dedicated librarian to assist our students with research questions.  Our department has has the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL).


Is a data-driven, solution-focused interdisciplinary research center where P-20 educational institutions in the Orange and Los Angeles counties partner with CSUF to identify and respond to local problems and issues in educational institutions.  They provide:

  • Assessment and Evaluation for Grant Programs and Services
  • Support Ed.D. students
  • Research, assessment, and evaluation support
  • Professional Development
  • Support, consulting, and training throughout the dissertation process, such as: writing, date management, stats.
  • Provide assistance with Chapter 4 (Findings)
  • Quantitative & Qualitative support: SPSS, Qualtrics, Dedoose

C-REAL is a great resource to our students.  Please visit their websiteOpens in new window or contact them if you have any questions at 657/278-8510 or via email at

Librarian Support

Our department Educational Leadership has a dedicated librarian to help assist our students with locating scholarly research articles and journals.  Our department has access to OneSearch which provides all students access to over 29 million books, journals, and articles.

Resources to explore at the library:

Writing Support for Ed.D. Students

Writing Coach: Provides comprehensive writing analysis and intervention.

Writing Support Coordinator: Provides information and practice in the more technical aspets of academic writing, including; grammer rules, word selection, etc.

APA and Dissertation Template Workshops: Learn more about APA style citation and formatting.  Develop or refine your skills for this important academic requirement.

These resources are for current students.  Please visit the Ed.D. TITANium Community on your portalOpens in new window for dates and times and contact information to schedule an appointment.

Financial Services

All current students and new incoming students should apply for FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) even if you do not believe you will qualify.  Many of our in-state, first time, Master's students whose EFC is low could receive aid to cover their full tuition.  As for our Doctorate students our program provides approximately $180,000 in need-based grant aid to students each year.

Our department has a dedicated financial aid specialist that knows our students needs and/or special circumstances.  Please reach out to our office if you are having difficulty with your aid.  Also please visit the College of Education Scholarship and Financial Aid page.


Our Ed.D. and Master's programs are below the national average for public universities and well below the cost of private institutions.  In addition, our programs are the best value among educational leadership programs in Southern California.

Doctorate in Education

Our Ed.D. program is designed to be completed in 3 years or 8 terms.  Each term an in-state student can expect to spend roughly $6,900 a term which will bring the total cost of the program to roughly $55,000.  


 Cost Comparison:

Year CSUF USC Chapman Pepperdine
1st 16,677 35,699 30,960 40,300
2nd 17,397 33,781 38,640 34,100
3rd 12,990 17,014 16,740 7,750
Total 47,064 86,494 86,340 82,150

Master in Education oR cREDENTIAL

Our Master's programs are designed to be completed in 5 terms.  Our PASC credential is designed to be completed in 4 terms, but students can add an addition term to complete their Master's degree.  Each term an in-state student can expect to spend roughly $2,950 per term which will bring the total cost of the program to roughly $14,800 for a Master's Degree and $11,800 for the PASC credential only.

Cost Comparison:

 Year CSUF USC Chapman Pepperdine
 1st  7,589  46,681  15,750  23,275
2nd   5,316  33,885  11,700  15,925
Total   12,905  80,866  27,450  39,200

CSUF tuition rates are based on 2016-2019 academic year.  The 3rd year is less due to if student graduates on time so will only enroll in 2 terms.

Additional fees will include books and parking.  For more accurate fee information please visit the Student Financial ServicesOpens in new window website.

Higher Education Leadership Organization

The Higher Education Leadership Organization (HELO) is dedicated to the professional and personal development of the graduate students of the Master’s in Education Concentration in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton. HELO provides activities to support student learning and development including social and cultural events. Through HELO, students spend time with each other socially, learn with each other outside of the classroom, and participate in professional development and networking activities.  Visit HELO’s FacebookOpens in new window or TwitterOpens in new window to connect with them now!

Graduate Assistantships

The Master's in Science in Higher Education (MSHE) program partners with the VP of Student Affairs office to secure Graduate assistantship (GA) placements for our MSHE students.  Students have the opportunity to serve as GA while enrolled in the MSHE program.  GA's work under the supervision of professionals in the field and learn in a supportive work environment while attending classes. 

GAships range from 10 to 20 hours a week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours during scheduled breaks (if department budgets allow).  Students must be accepted into the program to be considered for GAships.  MSHE students are not required to hold a GA position, but it is highly recommended for those who do not hold a full time job.  More information about GAships will be given to those recommended for MSHE admission. 

Once students are admitted into the MSHE program and enrollment is confirmed, students will be invited to particapte in our Annual GA placement event.  At this event new and returning students will interview with mulitple GA placements.  After the GA placement students will be placed with a superviser to complete their 1-year contact to work as that sites GA.

GA placement is a great oppurtunty for new para-professions in our MSHE program seeking experience in Student Affairs.  In the past years we have had more available positions then we have had GA's.  Therefore, the likelyhood of being placed in a GA position is very high.  To view the FAQ's for the GA programOpens in new window .


MSHE Mentorship Program

The peer mentoring program matches incoming first-year students with second-year students in the MSHE program.  Mentors serve as guides and support their mentees through their time in the program.  This program is optional, but highly recommended for both first-year and second-year students.

Upcoming Events

  • October 12, 2019
    Maywood 10th Annual Educational Resource Fair
  • October 25th & 26th, 2019
    Educational Leadership Ed.D Diversity Training
  • November 12, 2019
  • 9th Annual Research Symposium