Program Information

edd program information

California State University, Los Angeles launched its new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program in Educational Leadership, in fall 2009 with approval from the Western Association of Schools and College and the Chancellor's Office of the California State University System.

EdD Program in Educational Leadership

The Cal State LA Doctorate in Educational Leadership is a college-wide degree program that draws on faculty expertise across the college and the Cal State LA campus. The doctoral program is designed for those who seek leadership roles in educational organizations and are committed to addressing the challenges of urban education through relevant and meaningful scholarship and practitioner-based inquiry.

EdD Program Goals

  •     Educational Leadership in the Service of Justice, Access, and Social Change

  •     Leadership Grounded in Knowledge and Expertise in Teaching, Learning and Organizational Change

  •     Critical Reflection Embedded in Leadership Practice

  •     Leadership that Engages with the Broader Community

With emphasis placed on leadership in practice, the program fosters expanded understanding of the many contexts in which educational leadership takes place. It focuses on the expertise, scholarship, and inquiry necessary to advance all students' rights to an education that supports social and economic justice and academic success. The program aims to develop leaders who engage in collaboration with members of diverse urban communities to analyze how the policies and practices of educational, political and legal institutions have addressed issues of access, equity, and full democratic participation.

The program goals are woven through the four emphases offered in the Cal State LA Ed.D. Program:

  • PreK-12
  • Post-Secondary

CSULA Doctorate in Educational Leadership Diagram

Students will select an emphasis area when applying to the program and incoming cohorts will be balanced with students from each area of emphasis. Course work will consist of core courses taken by all students in the cohort and courses specific to the emphases will be taken by students specializing in those areas. Core courses for the Ed.D. degree program are:

  •   Organizational Theory and Leadership for Change
  •   Understanding and Using Research to Answer Questions about Diverse Urban Schools
  •   Race, Language, Gender, and Disability: Educational Equity, School Policy, and the Law
  •   Using Quantitative Methods to Analyze Inequitable Schooling Outcomes and to Target Improvement
  •   Equity, Access, and Achievement in Urban Public Schools: The Impact of Curriculum on Teaching and Learning
  •   Exploring Teaching, Learning and Leadership for Urban Education Using Qualitative Research
  •   Advocacy, Community Engagement and Governance:The Social and Political Contexts of Education Practitioner Research Embedded in School Communities

We provide students with peer support and faculty advising and mentoring from entry to the doctoral program through completion of the dissertation process, each session students will enroll in small lab courses (laboratories of practice) led by faculty members whose scholarly and research expertise match students' interests. In this way, students not only benefit from the collective knowledge, experience and interest of a diverse cohort but also from the ongoing collaboration and participation in research-related activities that small peer-group settings can best provide.



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
Doctoral Office: King Hall C1065
Phone: 323-343-6164     Fax: 323-343-4252
Office Staff: Cathy Morales [email protected]
Division Staff: Betty Lee  [email protected]