A new vista is opening for the American educational system, driven by rapid population growth and changes in the needs of children, adults, and families. Those who can best serve this system – and achieve personal success and satisfaction – are those who can effectively lead. Preparing for leadership requires academic training in a professional, culturally diverse environment that integrates the application of theory to practice with the use of practice to refine theory.
The Cal State Fullerton Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership delivers that training, and does so through two unique doctoral program specializations: P-12 Leadership and Community College Leadership. The P-12 (inclusive of preschool and K-12) program cohort is totally immersed in and interfaces with P-12 students and faculty. In the Community College program, the cohort specifically focuses on and interfaces with community college students and faculty. The inquiry-based, problem-solving curriculum for both programs is designed to help education professionals learn by fully integrating their experiences in discussion, research, and fieldwork.
• Three-year, 60-unit program including the dissertation
• A cohort structure delivers collaborative graduate study designed to expand individual leadership responsiveness
• Dedicated support for each student includes personal advising, writing and statistics coaching, research guidance, dissertation editing, learning support, and conference funding
• Professional mentorship delivers academic and career advice and guidance to stimulate your personal and professional growth
The Ed.D. program is a central supporter of and partner with the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL), which is a data-driven, solution-focused research center that strives to develop strategies in response to the complex challenges of educational access and leadership through practice, policy, and change. As a partner with the Ed.D. program, C-REAL offers students opportunities to write grants, to participate in ongoing research projects, to engage in global partnership programs, and to publish their work. C-REAL also provides paid graduate assistantships for doctoral students.