Individuals interested in acquiring a doctoral degree in educational leadership are encouraged to attend an information session at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Feb. 7, April 6 or May 4 at 4 p.m.

The university’s doctoral program in educational leadership is a rigorous, research-based program that prepares pre K-12 and community college leaders who can apply their knowledge base with the critical skills of analysis, inquiry, research and evaluation to contribute to the study, development and implementation of educational reforms.

Acquiring the doctoral  degree is valuable because there will be significant numbers of leaders retiring in the next 10 years that will lead to a major void in the pool of educational leaders, particularly in areas that haven’t historically offered the degree.  This program prepares leaders committed to responding to 21st century challenges in education.

Current students in the program include pre K-12,  community college and higher education leaders, administrators, coordinators, directors, program managers, counselors, health educators, psychologists, social workers, educational policy makers and faculty.

The program at CSUSB is a three-year, cohort-based program that meets the needs of full-time professionals in the field. Courses are conveniently offered twice per week (one week night at CSUSB and PDC through video streaming and one Saturday at CSUSB).

Students are encouraged to identify a field-based problem of practice for their dissertation that is relevant to their institution or community, and can earn their Tier 1 educational administrative credential along the way.

Specialization strands include pre K-12: organization and administration of school systems, instructional leadership and learning strategies, strategic planning, accountability and change, politics, legislative action and educational change, and assessment and evaluation and at the community college/higher education level: foundations of community colleges and higher education systems, fostering student learning and success, higher education strategic planning, accountability and change, higher education governance and policy and assessment and evaluation in higher education.

The mission of the Cal State San Bernardino doctoral 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.

For more information about the doctorate in educational leadership program at CSUSB, contact Doris Wilson at 760-341-2883, ext. 78170 or, or Donna Schnorr at 909-537-7313 or

Located in beautiful Palm Desert, the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teacher credentials and certificates. With more than 1,400 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s only four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population.

For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at or (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107, or visit the campus website at