Doctorate of Education Admissions

We are thrilled that you are interested in applying to our Ed.D. program here at CSU Fullerton.  In order to be considered an applicant you must submit a completed application by the deadlines listed below.  Below you will find a checklist of all of the supplemental material that needs to be submitted online through Cal State Apply.

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Complete an Application on Cal State Apply

The first step is to create a Cal State Apply user name.  Once you have done this you will be able to locate our program to begin the application process. 

  1. Go to Cal State Apply create a free user account
  2. Add your Ed.D. program to your dashboard 
  3. There are four quadrants  on Cal State Apply that you will need to complete: For detailed directions on how to complete your Cal State ApplicationOpens in new window .
  4. Once your application is complete you will submit your application and pay the $55 application fee.

It can take up to 5 business days to receive confirmation from CSU Fullerton that you application was received and be issued a CSU Fullerton CWID (campus wide ID).

Ed.D. Community College Program

When in Cal State Apply you can locate our Ed.D. Community College program by following this steps:

  1. Type of Degree: Master's degree or higher
  2. Campus: CSU Fullerton
  3. Delivery Format: Face-to-Face
  4. Location: Main Campus
  5. Start Term: Fall
  6. Program name: Community College Leadership
  7. Click on the blue plus sign next to the program
  8. Select "I am Done, Review My Selections" at the top of the page.

Ed.D. P-12 Leadership Program

When in Cal State Apply you can locate our Ed.D. P-12 Leadership program by following this steps:

  1. Type of Degree: Master's degree or higher
  2. Campus: CSU Fullerton
  3. Delivery Format: Face-to-Face
  4. Location: Main Campus
  5. Start Term: Fall
  6. Program name: Pre K-12 Educational Leadership
  7. Click on the blue plus sign next to the program
  8. Select "I am Done, Review My Selections" at the top of the page.

Prepare Program Supplemental Materials

  • Employer Support AgreementPDF File
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (sent electronically through Cal State Apply)
  • CV or Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Writing Sample (no more than 30 pages in length)
  • State of Purpose Prompt:
    • Ed.D. Community College: Describe your reasons for pursuing doctoral study and that reflects your understanding of the challenges facing community colleges/postsecondary institutions in California.
    • Ed.D. P-12 Leadership: Describe your reasons for pursuing doctoral study and that reflects your understanding of the challenges facing the public schools in California.
  • Preparation Statement Prompt:
    • Ed.D. Community College & P-12 Leadership: What preparation and experience make you well qualified to benefit from an Ed.D. Program?
  • Leadership Statement Prompt:
    • Ed.D. Community College & P-12 Leadership: What two or three accomplishments demonstrate your educational leadership potential and skills?  You may consider successful achievements in school, in postsecondary institutions, in your community, and/or more generally, in policy leadership.
  • Persistence Statement Prompt:
    • Ed.D. Community College & P-12 Leadership: Please provide evidence that demonstrates your ability to succeed in a rigorous program of doctoral studies in education. Include evidence concerning (a) your problem-solving ability, (b) your interest in critically assessing and improving educational policies and practices, (c) your proficiency with technology, and (d) your ability to devote significant time and attention to doctoral program study.
  • Once you submit your Cal State Apply Application you will receive a CWID from CSU Fullerton.  Once you receive this CWID number (not your CASID) you can then send official transcripts to Admission and Records.  Please visit Admissions and Records "Sending College Transcripts to CSUFOpens in new window " for directions on how to properly submit official transcripts.

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.

GRE Requirement

If recommended for admission into the program you will be required to submit scores for your completed Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Use school code 4589 and department code 3003)  Note: GRE scores may be submitted separately.  We can make admissions decisions contingent on receiving a GRE score prior to July 1st.