Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

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  December 8, 2003

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
Cal State L.A.'s Joint Doctoral Program in
Educational Leadership in Session this Fall

Los Angeles, CA – This fall, California State University, Los Angeles welcomed the first round of students enrolled in the newly developed Cal State L.A.-UC Irvine joint Ed.D. program in educational leadership. Cal State L.A. is one of only four California State University campuses jointly offering a Doctorate in Education with UC Irvine through funding from the CSU and the UC Joint Ed.D. Board.

The doctoral candidates are: Denise Collier (Los Angeles resident); Titus Campos (Los Angeles resident); Evangelina M. Cantu (Whittier resident); Diego Ochoa (Palmdale resident); and Lawanna Shelton-Carrigan (Long Beach resident).

According to Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the CSU system, this program will “increase the number of educators with doctorates serving the growing needs of California’s public schools and community colleges.”

“The expansion of the College’s curriculum allows us to prepare for the next generation of educators,” explained Carol Bartell, dean of the University’s Charter College of Education. “This new joint doctoral program advances us one step further in producing well-educated teachers and administrators of excellence.”

As the nation’s first charter college leading the way for school reform and innovation in education, Cal State L.A.’s Charter College of Education has operated a successful joint doctoral program in special education with UCLA since 1968. Cal State L.A. is one of the largest educators of teachers in California and is the state’s largest preparer of bilingual teachers. According to a recent California Commission on Teacher Credentialing report, Cal State L.A. is ranked as California’s top public university in the number of students awarded teacher credentials.

For more information, call Ruth Johnson, coordinator of Cal State L.A.’s joint doctoral program in educational leadership, at (323) 343-4259.

The CSU/UC Joint Ed.D. Board was established in November 2001 after the two universities reached agreement to create more joint doctoral programs in education to meet California’s educational leadership needs. Upon reaching the agreement, the CSU and the UC each committed $1 million per year for the first two years for a total of $4 million. The agreement capped a year-long effort on the part of the CSU to make Ed.D. programs more accessible and affordable to working educators in all California regions. It will especially serve the needs of kindergarten through 12th grade and community college educators who want advanced preparation for meeting the complex challenges facing these institutions. The initiative builds upon the strengths of each university system to create rigorous, top quality doctoral programs in education for working professionals. Chaired by the chief academic officers of the two systems, the program will involve both CSU and UC faculty.

California State University, Los Angeles, is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 21,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. The CSU: A leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.

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