The purpose of the Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership program is to build critically conscious leaders who can take actions to eliminate inequities that affect educational and learning opportunities and outcomes for children and adults in urban contexts. This three-year degree program is geared toward working professionals who aspire to be leaders in urban education. Admission requires an earned master’s degree and a minimum of three years of work experience in a related field; other earned terminal degrees may be considered in lieu of a master’s degree if they are eligible for advanced standing within the University.
Areas of Concentration
Students are admitted to the program under one of four areas of concentration: K-12 Leadership in Urban School Settings, Educational Psychology, Higher Education Administration, or Leading Instructional Change. Concentrations are not indicated on the diploma, which will read "Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership" for all concentrations.
The EdD in Educational Leadership preliminary review must be completed before the student has earned 21 units. Passing the preliminary review is a prerequisite to continuing in the program. The faculty governance committee will determine the preliminary review requirements and the process will be administered by the program office.
Dissertation in Practice Advisement Committee
Each student selects a three-member advisement committee in consultation with the advisor upon applying to take the qualifying examination.
The committee chair must have a full-time faculty appointment in the Rossier School of Education. A second member of the committee must also have a full-time faculty appointment in the Rossier School of Education. One member of the committee may be external to the Rossier School of Education, such as a faculty member elsewhere or a full-time professional educator who holds a doctorate and brings strength to the committee in the area of the dissertation topic or methodology. If an external member is to be on the committee, this person must be nominated by the committee chair and approved by the director of the EdD program.
Admission to Candidacy
Admission to candidacy is a formal action taken by the faculty of the Rossier School of Education. This action is based on passing the qualifying examination as part of the dissertation in practice.
The EdD requires completion of 60 units of course work. Students admitted with Advanced Standing complete a minimum of 43 units.