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The Doctor of Education Degree Program

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership is a dynamic program designed to prepare educational leaders to be reflexive scholar-practitioners who are committed to promoting equity, social justice, and transformation. This three year cohort-based program meets the needs of full-time professionals in the field. Courses are conveniently offered on weekends, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students attend every other weekend in Fall and Spring semesters, and every weekend during the Summer semester. Students from the Coachella Valley can attend Friday sessions through streaming (Zoom) from the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus; all other students are expected to attend in-person at the CSUSB San Bernardino Campus. Students are encouraged to identify a field-based problem of practice for their dissertation research that is relevant to their educational institution or community.


Completion of the Ed.D. degree requires 60 semester units. Most students will complete the program in three years. Courses are conveniently offered with the executive model. Each course is held on Friday evening and Saturday morning for four weeks. Students generally take two courses (one class at a time) every semester (including each summer). While students work on the dissertation from the beginning of the program, in the second and third year students focus on completing the dissertation. Review our Program Plan for prescribed sequence course order and track information. 


California State University, San Bernardino is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The College of Education is also accredited by  the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at CSUSB is also accredited by WASC.

Doctor of Education Degree Programs Policy

Click here to review the CSU Executive Order 991, the policy that establishes the minimum requirements, policies, and procedures that apply to all Doctor of Education degree programs solely offered by the California State University.

Alumni Dissertations

Doctoral program alumni publish their dissertations in CSUSB ScholarWorks, an online repository designed to:  

  • Provide persistent and centralized access to research at CSUSB
  • Promote research and collaboration within the scholarly community
  • Preserve the history, growth and development of CSUSB

You can review all published dissertations though this ScholarWorks Advanced Search (organized by date). Please be sure to SCROLL DOWN.