Entrance Requirements

Admissions Decisions

All applicants to the Ed.D. program must meet the minimum admission requirements listed below.  Assuming that all minimal requirements are met, the selection of candidates for admission to the doctoral program is based on (a) the applicant’s potential for leadership, change agency, and significant professional contributions, (b) the commitment of the applicant to promoting the academic success of students from all backgrounds and  supporting historically disenfranchised community partnerships (c) the applicant’s analytical ability, writing skill, and interest in research, (d) and the applicant’s demonstrated fit with the mission of the Ed.D. at Cal State Fullerton.

In terms of program fit, Ed.D. faculty utilize a three tier system when making admissions decisions.  The tiers are based on the mission of the program as authorized by the State of California.  The tiers are as follows:

  • Tier 1:  Applicants who are currently working in P-12 and community college settings, preferably working within some form of leadership capacity or role.
  • Tier 2:  Applicants who are not currently working in P-12 or community college settings, but who have a clearly articulated commitment to and interest in the work of these institutions.  Examples include individuals in non-profit or four-year college and university settings whose work involves direct partnerships with P-12 schools or community college as well as individuals with a clearly articulated plan for entry into work within P-12 and community college settings.
  • Tier 3:  Applicants who have experience and interest in educational leadership.  Examples include individuals in four-year colleges and universities, non-profit institutions, or for-profit educational organizations who are interested in P-12 and community college education, though not necessarily seeking future employment in such settings.

Minimum Admission Requirements

The Ed.D. Program requires the following of all applicants for admission to the doctoral program:

  1. an earned baccalaureate degree and master’s degree from accredited institutions of higher education with a GPA in upper division and graduate study of 3.0 or above;
  2. sufficient preparation and experience pertinent to educational leadership to benefit from the program;
  3. submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the three GRE tests, taken within the last five years (see the GRE page on our site for more information)
  4. demonstrated educational leadership potential and skills including successful experience in school, postsecondary, community, and/or policy leadership;
  5. demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices;
  6. three confidential recommendation forms attesting to the leadership ability and scholarship of the candidate;
  7. a written statement of purpose reflecting understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges in California;
  8. professional resume, including whether the applicant has proficiency in a second language;
  9. examples of professional writing;
  10. response to a writing prompt administered on-campus prior to the interview;
  11. a statement of support for the candidate’s doctoral studies from her/his employer or, in the cases where this is not provided, an indication of the candidate’s plan for meeting the demands of the program and his/her professional responsibilities.
  12. a personal interview with the Admissions Committee.
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Page updated: October 13, 2016