Course Description

Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership: Courses

Course Titles and Catalog Descriptions


EDAD 6010: Organizational Theory and Leadership for Change. Historical and structural analysis of educational organizations; urban learning systems as they relate to organizational theory, change leadership, and school reform.

EDSP 6040: Disability, Race, Language, and Gender: Educational Equity, School Policy, and the Law. Current legal, policy, and leadership issues regarding the education of diverse students, with a focus on disability, race, language, and gender. Review of important laws and litigation with practice implications.

EDCI 6600: Equity, Access, and Achievement in Urban Public Schools: The Impact of Curriculum on Teaching and Learning. Historical, political, and sociocultural perspectives of curriculum theory and its relationship to schooling; curricular foundations of instructional leadership for equity in urban schools; curriculum as context for teaching and learning.

EDAD 605:  Advocacy, Community Engagement and Governance: The Social and Political Contexts of Education. Examines research on the role of social movements, civic activism and community-based organizing in building advocacy and leadership for school reform; analysis of interagency and intergovernmental politics and practices.


EDSP 6000: Understanding and Using Research to Answer Questions about Diverse Urban Schools Development of critical analysis, interpretation, synthesis of research, and communication of findings on issues related to students with disabilities in diverse urban schools and colleges to promote achievement and inclusion.

EDFN 6020: Research Methodologies for Urban Educational Leadership

Research methods applicable to equity and inclusion issues impacting urban education. Topics include qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods research designs, measurement, evaluating quality in educational research, elements of a research proposal.

EDFN 6410:  Using Quantitative Methods to Analyze Inequitable Schooling Outcomes and to Target Improvement.  Statistical analysis for education using national datasets of schooling outcomes; contingency tables/chi square analysis, t-test, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and design applications including higher order factorials, repeated measures.

EDFN 6411: Exploring Teaching, Learning and Leadership for Urban Education Using Qualitative Research.  Traditions and methods of qualitative research; knowledge and skills to understand, design and conduct qualitative research; using qualitative data and analyses to identify and understand educational issues and problems.

EDFN 6412: Practitioner Research Embedded in School Communities. Students engage in field-based studies relevant to school communities that may be qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method and that foster organizational learning and problem solving through systematic inquiry and reflection.


EDFN 6030: Introduction to Doctoral Research. Orientation for the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership; expectations, commitments and the practice of inquiry in doctoral cultures; accessing technology and library resources, working with research faculty and community partners.

EDFN 6051: Laboratories of Practice. Faculty-supervised field research practicum; faculty and student collaborative research projects, mentoring and peer support; reinforces and models various research preparation activities leading up to and through students' dissertation research projects. Students enroll in the appropriate field research lab as follows:

EDFN 605F:  Faculty Research Lab.

Practicum with faculty advisor includes elements of proposing and conducting research, small group collaborative research projects, faculty and student examination of research process. Repeated until advancement to candidacy.


EDFN 605C:  Community Research Lab.

Practicum with community partners on the issues and research needs of local educational organizations. Repeated two times.


EDFN 605D:  Dissertation Research Lab.

Practicum with dissertation chair and student peers to monitor status of field work/data collection, ongoing review of emerging findings and analysis of findings. Must be advanced to candidacy and taken concurrently with EDAD 699.


EDFN 605E:  Extended Research Lab.

Continuing practicum with dissertation chair and student peers to finalize dissertation research project. Repeated until degree completion.


EDAD 6040: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Institutions.  Examines how historical, social, and cultural influences construct understanding of schooling and human development; applies critical pedagogy to issues of class, race/ethnicity, gender, language and equity-minded leadership for educational institutions.

EDAD 6060: Designing Future Learning Systems.  Analyzes contemporary developments in science, technology, asset allocation and relationships that improve learning; explores design options for futuristic learning systems, applies future thinking to planning learning systems for the year 2025.

EDSP 6400: Research on Exceptional Students from Diverse Cultural and Linguistic Backgrounds. Research on the relationships among culture language, and literacy; impact of disabilities on language, cognition, and academic achievement; identification and placement issues/strategies; and culturally responsive educational settings.

EDSP 6600: Seminar: Research on Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders. Research, theory, and policy related to educating individuals at risk or identified as having learning disabilities or behavior disorders; issues related to prevention and risk, identification, placement, and intervention.

EDCI 6750: Advanced Pedagogical Strategies for Achieving Equity. Cultural competence necessary to promote instructional policies and practices that value difference and ensure equity in effective organizations; advanced instructional strategies that stimulate cognitive and academic development of diverse students.

EDCI 6770: Leadership in Curriculum and Assessment for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Urban Students. Theories/practices of curriculum and assessment in diverse schools; curriculum change, continuity, articulation, and censorship; cutting edge content trends; resource optimization for transforming curriculum; leadership for curriculum and assessment improvement.


EDFN 6140: Evaluation Methods for Urban Educational Leadership. A comprehensive survey of program evaluation principles, methodologies, designs, effective use of evaluation data, and state and federal evaluation requirements for educational leaders.

EDFN 6150: Assessment and Data Driven Decision Making. Educational assessment in various contexts, including classroom, school, district, and state levels. Topics include assessment measures, data analysis and application, as well as state and federal reporting requirements.

EDFN 6500: Research Seminar: Special Topics on Research Methods for Education. Research-oriented coverage of a single topic not contained in a regular course (half semester course).

EDFN 6510: Research Seminar: Special Topics in Educational Disciplines. Courses cover specific topics, current issues, and innovations related to an educational discipline that are not otherwise presented in a regular course (half semester course).

COUN 6010: Research Methods in Single Subject Design

Knowledge and practical application in analyzing and conducting research utilizing single subject design methodology with emphasis on causal inference. Application of methodology to field-based, student developed research.

EDSP 6150: Research Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education Research seminar in early childhood special education: current research, theory and practice; evidence-based intervention strategies used with young children and families.

EDCI 6350: Teachers, Leadership, and Power in Urban Schools.  Analysis of research, policy, and practice on teacher leadership in instruction and school culture; barriers created by school structures and teaching culture; teacher leadership impact on school reform, student outcomes.

TESL 6000: Language Planning and Policy. Overview of language acquisition in educational settings; language planning with specific reference to local, state, national, and international educational contexts; historical, social, and theoretical perspectives on language policy and planning.

EDIT 6000: Educational Technology Leadership.  Examines history of technology in educational contexts; analyzes the complex interrelationships between educational technology theory, research, and policy; explores ways leadership can address innovation and the challenge of equal access.

EDAD 6030: Philosophy and Ethics of Educational Leadership. Philosophy, ethics, and moral values of educational leadership. Theory and philosophy of educational change. Research about ethical and moral leadership in schools.

EDAD 6080: Legislative Action and Educational Policy. Examination of legal processes governing educational policy, including significant laws, legal principles, recent litigation, controlling relationships of schools to student and teacher rights and duties, administrative behavior, etc. Focuses on connections between legislative/judicial action and social, political and economic forces affecting education.

EDAD 6250: School Finance.  Explores methods of financing public education. Identifies budgeting and accounting techniques used by school districts in support of the instructional process and considers legal requirements and public reactions to the financing of education.

EDAD 6920: Special Topics in Educational Leadership for PreK-16 Education.

Contemporary issues in PreK-16 education: interdisciplinary perspectives on California's education system; current and future challenges for PreK-16 alignment; equitable distribution of resources; new strategies for organizational change and transformation.


EDAD 6260: Designing and Writing the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal. Incorporates a writing workshop approach to help students develop effective academic writing strategies, describe the design of the dissertation, prepare a timeline, and write required chapters of a dissertation proposal. May be repeated one time for credit.

EDAD 6950: Guided Study for the Dissertation.  Faculty coaching and structured activities to support completion of dissertation proposal and advancement to candidacy; conducting pilot studies students refine literature review, research questions, design, and methods of data collection.

EDFN 6980: Graduate Directed Study. Independent directed study of advanced topics in field; regular conferences with sponsor. May be repeated for up to 8 units of credit.

EDFN 6990: Dissertation Research. Continuous enrollment required while student is working on dissertation. Will be repeated for credit.




Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership...
Division of Applied & Advanced Studies in Education
Charter College of Education
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8143
King Hall C1065
Phone: 323-343-6164     Fax: 323-343-4252