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Mission Statement

The mission of the CSUN Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department is to create a network of school and college administrators prepared to effect profound change in teaching and learning that leads to improved student achievement. The program’s scholar-practitioners will lead through:

  1. Systemic reform
  2. Collaboration
  3. Action research
  4. Cultural proficiency

Academic Advisement

Initial academic advisement is carried out by the graduate advisor. Advisement is available daily and appointments can be made throughout the year by contacting the department office. Credential advisement is available in the Credential Office, Education Building (ED) 103.

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) is designed for individuals who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and have demonstrated strong leadership skills. It is a selective program, designed to be completed with a cohort of approximately 20 individuals. The courses are offered in a fixed sequence and are designed to accommodate the working professional.


Graduates have been very successful in securing choice leadership roles in schools. They display values, beliefs and attitudes that inspire others to achieve educational goals and understand the importance of exercising a positive leadership role in their schools and communities. They are familiar with leadership styles and understand the concept of situational leadership. Graduates have learned how to manage conflict, build consensus and communicate effectively orally and in writing. They have been taught the value of shared leadership and the benefits of developing leadership skills in others.


The Tier I Preliminary Administrative Credential program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Chair: Jody Dunlap
Education (ED) 1220
(818) 677-2591