P-12 Leadership


The Ed.D. in P-12 Educational Leadership is designed to prepare preschool and K-12 educators as administrators, educational researchers, or teacher leaders to design and renew excellent educational institutions across the P-12 landscape. The curriculum is designed to prepare instructional leaders who can formulate and implement policies that support powerful, equitable teaching and learning and who can exercise significant and ethical influence on the quality of teaching and learning both in and out of schools. Courses build skills in strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, ethical decision making, technological proficiency, and leadership development.

Program information


Our coursework anticipates your schedules and is designed to be completed in 3 years. Courses build skills in strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, ethical decision making, technological proficiency, and leadership development. See a typical coursework schedule. 

Learning Objectives

Our program grows professionals, leaders, practitioners, thinkers and agents of change.  Read more about our Learning Objectives.


Priority Application:  Students who apply by February 1st will receive an admissions decision within three weeks.  This allows students to make informed decisions when considering the Cal State Fullerton program and other doctoral programs that begin at the beginning of the summer.

Rolling Admission:  Because Cal State Fullerton’s program does not begin until the fall, rolling admissions are offered to students who apply after February 1st and as late as May 31st.  For students who apply during this period, decisions are typically provided within two weeks of the final interview.

Clear Administrative Services Credential

California State University, Fullerton, has embedded a fully accredited Clear Administrative Services Credential (formerly the Tier II credential) within the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program.

The credential program consists of collaboration with certified coach, professional learning through Ed.D. coursework, professional development completed through a school district, and demonstration of competence in all six of the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELs). Read more about it here.

*Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United Stated (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available within programs or departments. 
How to Get Started

Apply Now

Visit our Apply Now page for a full walk-through of our application process, and to download all documents and forms. 

Priority deadline for admissions to the program is February 1st with rolling admissions thereafter.

Attend an Information Session

Download our Information Session Powerpoint Here. We highly encourage all those who are interested to attend our upcoming Information Sessions on any of the following dates and locations:

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT                        14121 Cedarwood Ave., Westminster, CA 92683

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 3:30PM - 4:30PM

CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT                    33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 4:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 4:00PM - 5:00PM

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON            2600 Nutwood Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92834              College Park (CP) Suite 500

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 PM in College Park (CP) Suite 500
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 5:00-6:00 PM in College Park (CP) Suite 500
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 PM in College Park (CP) Suite 500

To see Information Session Flyer please click here.

 Please Note:  Visitors must purchase a parking permit Monday through Friday. For direction and parking information, please visit parking and transportation. Parking is Free on Saturdays in the College Park (CP) Lot.

Contact Us

Please fill out the interest form below, so we can contact you and keep you updated!

For more information about the program, information sessions, or campus visits, contact us at: edleadership@fullerton.edu | 657-278-4023. We also highly encourage you to submit our online Interest Form.

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Page updated: September 14, 2017