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Educational Leadership, Ed.D.


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Program Description:
The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is a dynamic program designed to prepare educational leaders to be 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 twice per week (one weeknight where students meet at either the San Bernardino or Palm Desert Campus and the course is video-streamed, and one Saturday where all students meet at the 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.
Program Coordinator:

Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty
Phone: 909-537-8271
Location: RG-203F (Palm Desert Campus)

Dr. Enrique Murillo
Phone: 909-537-5632
Location: CE-235

Educational Leadership's Department Page | Educational Leadership's Bulletin Page

Application Requirements:

  • $70 Application fee
  • Prior college transcripts (unofficial accepted)
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • GRE score (recommended a score of 1000 or higher)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample
  • Interview

Application Deadlines:

Application Deadlines
Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022
7/23/2021 Not Offered 4/23/2022

Application Details:

The recruitment and admissions committee will oversee the specific admissions processes for the program, review candidate applications, and make admissions decisions. The graduate admissions standards of the university shall apply to all Ed.D. candidates.

The Ed.D. program requires the following of applicants for admission to the doctoral program:

  1. A completed application;
  2. An earned baccalaureate degree and master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in upper-division and graduate study combined;
  3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended since high school graduation (no exceptions);
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from three sections of the General Test taken within the last five years;
  5. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field attesting to the leadership ability and scholarship potential of the candidate; included shall be one letter from an educationally related institution or university administrator and at least one letter from a university faculty member preferably with a doctoral degree that addresses the applicant's potential for academic success in a doctoral program. Letters must be sent directly to the Office of Doctoral Studies.
  6. A written statement of purpose reflecting an understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges/institutions of higher education in California;
  7. A scholarly writing sample such as a master's thesis;
  8. Sufficient preparation and experience to benefit from the program;
  9. Demonstrated educational leadership potential and skills including successful experience in school, postsecondary, community, and/or policy leadership;
  10. Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, technology proficiency, and interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements to current educational policies and practices as that pertains to social justice and equity; and
  11. A personal interview.