News Release| Doctorate in Education; CSULA; Cal State L.A.; Los Angeles; CSU

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Quartet to achieve joint Ed.D.s in educational leadership

Cal State L.A. prepares independent Ed.D.
to meet need for school administrators

With dissertations that delve into the complexities of urban education, Joseph Llamas, Tabia Lee, Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon and Reginald Anthony Sample will be conferred doctoral degrees in educational administration and leadership at Cal State L.A.’s Commencement on Friday, June 12. The ceremony starts at 5 p.m. with colorful academic procession and includes a doctoral hooding ceremony.

The joint doctoral—or Ed.D.—program, offered by Cal State L.A. and UC Irvine, prepares graduates for educational administration and leadership. Cal State L.A.’s Charter College of Education is now accepting applications for its new independent Ed.D. program in educational leadership, planned to begin in fall 2009. The program was authorized by the California Legislature to respond to the urgent need for well-prepared administrators to lead California’s public schools and community colleges.

Llamas’ dissertation is titled “The Perception Gap: Factors Affecting Teacher Expectations of Students in Urban Schools.” He holds a B.S. in biological sciences from UC Irvine and an M.A. in educational leadership from Cal State L.A. Llama is a West Los Angeles resident.

Lee’s dissertation is titled “The Human Fallout: Educators’ Perceptions About No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Implementation in Urban Schools.” She holds a B.A. in sociology from UC Davis and an M.A. in education from the University of Phoenix. Lee is a Los Angeles resident.

Ortiz-Licon’s dissertation is titled “A Space of Their Own: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Cities and Schools.” She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and Chicano studies from UCLA and a master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley. Ortiz-Licon is a Long Beach resident.

Sample’s dissertation is titled “A Case of Black-Male: The Overrepresentation of African American Male in Special Education as Emotionally Disturbed.” He holds a B.S. in business administration from Fisk University in Tennessee and master’s degrees in special education and educational leadership from CSU Dominguez Hills. Sample is a Los Angeles resident.

More than 20,000 people are expected this year to witness the conferral of thousands of bachelor’s and master’s degrees when the Commencement exercise takes place in the University Athletic Stadium, located at the southeast corner of the campus.

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