Educational Leadership CC, Ed.D.


Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for California State University, Fresno. These include a master's degree from an accredited institution, a grade point average of at least 3.0 in upper-division undergraduate and master's degree coursework, and evidence of receipt of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants must also demonstrate high potential for educational leadership and scholarly achievement through professional experience, academic accomplishment, and professional recommendations.

The deadline for application to the program is in March. Finalists are interviewed by the Doctoral Program Admissions Committee.

Program Requirements

Students in the program move through three phases of study, comprising 60 units. Phase one comprises nine core courses, phase two comprises specialization courses, and phase three comprises the dissertation. All students move through phase one as a cohort. Students may choose to specialize in pre-K-12 or post-secondary education leadership with a focus on organizational studies; supervision, curriculum, and instruction; assessment and evaluation; and sociocultural contexts.

Phase 1 Core (27 units)
EDL 501, 502, 503, 504, 506, 507, 508, 509, 511

Phase 2 Specialization (21 units)
EDL 510, 580T, 590

Phase 3 Dissertation (12 units)
EDL 599

Total (60 units)


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