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Program: Ed.D., Educational Leadership

Program Description

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program is designed for those individuals who have already demonstrated leadership ability in diverse educational settings. The program will admit candidates who meet the academic requirements for the Ed.D. degree program and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success as doctoral candidates and as educational leaders. Normally, the P12 leadership candidate will already hold an administrative services credential. Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for consideration, but does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be granted annually on a competitive basis.

The application deadline is March 15 for admission the following Fall semester.

A. Each applicant will submit:

  1. An application to the University.
  2. A department application to the doctoral program.
  3. Official transcripts of work completed at each accredited institution of higher education attended, including evidence of a minimum of a 3.0 upper division undergraduate GPA and successful completion of a master’s degree with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (on letterhead) from persons who can attest to the applicant’s leadership experience or potential.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores (three sections) taken within the last 5 years.
  6. A written statement outlining the reasons for seeking entrance to the program and how it relates to future professional goals.
  7. A professional resume.
  8. A sample of academic or professional writing.

All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree in an English-speaking country or from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test or a score of 213 on the computer-based test is required for admission. After the Admissions Committee has reviewed all applicants’ materials, the most highly qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Chair/Graduate Coordinator: Miguel Ceja
Education (ED) 1220
(818) 677-2591

Staff: Gloria Derge
(818) 677-2403

Student Learning Outcomes

Ed.D. graduates will have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to lead profound change in teaching and learning in P-14 institutions by:

  1. Planning systemic reform and managing the change process in collaboration with fellow educators and other stakeholders, based on a shared vision of learning.
  2. Guiding and supporting staff in nurturing a school, district or community college culture and program conducive to the effective instruction of all students and to the professional growth of all employees.
  3. Using data and technology effectively to assess student achievement, evaluate staff and programs, and plan and implement accountability systems.
  4. Becoming critical consumers of educational research and producers of action research who apply the lessons of research to student, school/district or community college improvement.
  5. Promoting culturally proficient policies and practices that recognize and value difference and ensure equity.
  6. Managing fiscal, physical and human resources to ensure effective and safe learning and working environments.
  7. Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and need, and mobilizing community resources at the local, state and federal level.
  8. Modeling ethical practice, strong skills in communication and collaboration and the development of leadership capacity in themselves and others.
  9. Understanding, navigating, responding to and influencing the larger policy environment and the political, social, economic, legal and cultural context of education.