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Mission and Guiding Principles

The Inland Empire region faces considerable social, political, and economic challenges. These contextual challenges have a direct impact on the quality of education across the PK-20 educational pipeline. Low-income children, students of color, English learners, students with disabilities and many others face resource deficiencies and inequitable opportunities to learn, resulting in opportunity gaps. Institutional leaders must respond effectively to these disparities by engaging parents and communities to establish deliberate, co-equal partnerships that result in educational excellence for the 21st century.


The mission of the CSU, San Bernardino Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership is to develop scholar-practitioner-leaders who respond to 21st century challenges by promoting practices, policies, and programs committed to equity, social justice, and transformation.


We believe 21st century leaders must develop cultures of excellence in their respective institutions and communities where educators and community stakeholders support, inspire, and effectively communicate with one another; establish and maintain a culture of high expectations; celebrate and cherish human relationships; and communicate these values clearly and respectfully with all communities and stakeholders. Our leaders must also become visionary agents of change who can solve pressing problems, are committed to lifelong learning, are innovative, and are technologically savvy. Finally, our leaders must demonstrate integrity, practice self-reflection, and strive towards in-depth knowledge of local cultures and communities.

Through the coursework and design of the program, we will focus on the following five program learning objectives which are aligned to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) guiding principles for program design and, within those program learning objectives, we have identified 8 specific program committments.