Doctoral Graduate Courses

Unit Requirements

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State is a 60- unit degree: 27 units of Core courses, 21 units of Specialization courses, and 12 Dissertation units . Fieldwork components are embedded in the following courses: EDL 503 - Educational Policy Environments; EDL 504 - Advanced Applied Quantitative Methods; EDL 507 - Applied Qualitative Research Methods; EDL 508 - Theories of Cross-cultural Education; EDL 509 - Advanced Applied Research and Measurement in Education; and EDL 511 - Educational Evaluation, Assessment and Planning.

Please click here for the catalog listing of the doctoral graduate courses and their descriptions. Click here for a list and descriptions of the current topics courses (EDL 580T).

The Doctoral Program has two focal areas or strands, one in Pre-K-12 Educational Leadership and the other in Post-secondary Educational Leadership (including Community College leadership and administration). Students progress through the program in cohorts. Students from both strands will take core courses together, and then will split off during their specialization phase.

Courses are offered late afternoons and evenings and on weekends to accommodate working professionals wishing to pursue this doctoral degree. The campus offers Blackboard, the system by which courses can be offered either fully or partially online. Some faculty have already offered parts of their courses online, and they will be encouraged to continue to use Blackboard to offer their courses.

The program can be completed in three (3) years. Please refer to the course sequences.