Welcome to the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) Program

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The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program is one of few programs in the region that offers separate specializatins in Pre K-12 Leadership and Higher Education Leadership for Community Colleges and Universities.  This allows students to explore content in greater depth with peers and faculty who share their experience and interest.

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 sucess 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.  

Admission Deadlines

The doctoral programs only admit during the fall term.  The department uses a priority application followed by rolling admissions.

  • Priority Application: Students who apply before February 1st will receive an admissions decision within four weeks.  This allows students to make informed decisions when considering the CSU Fullerton program and other doctoral programs that begin at the beginning of the summer.
  • Rolling Admissions: CSU Fullerton's Ed.D. programs do not begin until the fall term, therefore rolling admissions are offered to students who apply after the February 1st deadline until May 31st.  For students who apply during this period, decisions are typically provided within two weeks of the group interview



Ed.D. Community College Leadership

The Ed.D. in Community College Leadership is designed to prepare educators to take on the roles in areas such as senior administration, faculty leadership, student affairs, or business and human resource administration in the community college setting. The curriculum is designed to develop socially- and globally-aware community college leaders who can appropriately respond, understand, and contribute to the rapidly changing world of community colleges and lead those institutions toward excellence. Courses build leadership skills and knowledge in such areas as the role and scope of community colleges, higher education law and policy, ethical decision making, policy and governance, research methods, and resource optimization.  For more inforamtion on our Ed.D. program.

*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 States (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.