Doctor of Educational Leadership P-12-CI, ED.D.


Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Ignacio Hernandez, Director
Education Building, Room 310
FAX: 559.278.0457

Degrees and Programs Offered

EDD in Educational Leadership PK-12, Ed.D.
EDD in Educational Leadership CC, Ed.D.
EDD in Doctor of Educational Leadership P-12-CI, ED.D.
EDD in Doctor of Educational Leadership CC-CI, ED.D.

Courses Offered

The purpose of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is to enhance the talents and skills of individuals who plan to devote their lives to the implementation of educational practices informed by research. Offered by California State University, Fresno, the Ed.D. program provides students with a broad view of educational problems and a strong background in social science theory. In addition, the program prepares students to conduct and interpret inquiries on which sound educational policy and practice can be anchored.

Students in the program benefit from the teaching and research expertise of established scholars and practitioners. The faculty hail from a number of academic disciplines: educational administration, education, anthropology, sociology, business, psychology, linguistics, and economics as well as from surrounding school districts.

All courses are taught in Fresno and are held during the late afternoons, evenings, and/or the weekends to accommodate full-time working professionals.


Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

California State University, Fresno
Kenneth Magdaleno, Co-Director
Education Building, Room 310

California State University, Channel Islands
Kaia Tollefson, Co-Director
Madera Hall, 1405

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for California State University, Fresno. These include a master's degree from an accredited institution, a grade point average of at least 3.0 in upper-division undergraduate and master's degree coursework, and evidence of receipt of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants must also demonstrate high potential for educational leadership and scholarly achievement through professional experience, academic accomplishment, and professional recommendations. Applicants who plan to pursue a Professional Administrative Services Credential must complete the required 24 Preliminary Administrative Services Credential units prior to admittance.

The deadline for application to the program is in March. Finalists are interviewed by the Doctoral Program Admissions Committee.

Program Requirements

Students in the program move through three phases of study, comprising 60 units. Phase one comprises nine core courses, phase two comprises specialization courses, and phase three comprises the dissertation. All students move through phase one as a cohort. Students may choose to specialize in pre-K-12 or post-secondary education leadership with a focus on organizational studies; supervision, curriculum, and instruction; assessment and evaluation; and sociocultural contexts.

CODEL Program Structure. The CODEL program is a 60-unit degree with 27 units of core courses (27 units= 9 courses), 21 units of specialization courses (21 units = 7 courses), and 12 dissertation units. Fieldwork components are embedded in many of the core and specialization courses. The program has two strands, one in P-12 Educational Leadership and the other in Higher Education Leadership. Students will progress through the program in cohorts, and each cohort will include students from both strands. This model ensures that "educational leadership" is broadly conceived, allowing students in the P-12 strand to develop deep understandings about what they are preparing P-12 students for, and allowing students in the post-secondary strand to develop deep understandings about where their students are coming from. Students from both strands will take 9 core courses together, and then will split off during their specialization phase of 7 courses. The program can be completed in three years. Students will attend an intensive residency each of at least three summers they are enrolled in the program (in the range of 8-10 days per residency). During residencies, students and faculty will live in dormitory housing on the Channel Islands or Fresno State campus and engage together in community-building, orientation, advising, and coursework activities.

Most of the core and specialization courses will take place online, making the CODEL program accessible to working professionals. During the academic year, therefore, the CODEL program will be a virtual campus experience of interactive classes, delivered online and incorporating the latest social networking tools. Courses are offered using the Blackboard online platform with enhanced features. The courses use a balance of synchronous and asynchronous tools available in Blackboard, in addition to email, videoconference, teleconference, and other technology as appropriate (e.g., Skype, Google Hangout, GoogleDocs). While CODEL students may not have entered the program with skills on the cutting edge of technology, they will leave the program prepared to lead innovations in teaching and learning online.