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Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) at Fresno State

Preparation for Educational Leaders

The doctorate in education prepares administrators to meet the educational challenges of today and the future. New skills developed in the program will enable you to:

  • Acquire theoretical, practical, methodological and empirical knowledge
  • Conduct field-based research
  • Serve the needs of an increasingly diverse student population
  • Establish sound educational policy and practice
  • Play a leadership role in educational reform
  • Conduct educational assessments and evaluations

Those admitted to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State join a group (cohort) of 10-12 students in each degree option. Being a member of such a cohort provides you with opportunities for cooperative learning, skill enhancement, social interaction and the supportive environment needed to persevere in this intensive doctoral program of study.

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State:

  • Offers an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with two options: Pre-K-12 Educational Leadership and Post-secondary Educational Leadership (including Community College leadership and administration)
  • Offers instruction by professors from California State University, Fresno, members of the Regional Partnership Advisory Board, and other qualified practitioners
  • Schedules coursework in the late afternoon, evenings, and weekends to accommodate full-time professionals.

A University System Commitment to the Central San Joaquin Valley

Improving California's education system is a core function and mission of California State University (CSU). The CSU system is particularly well-suited to helping bring more education doctorates to underserved populations, given its success in attracting, retaining and graduating students from underrepresented groups. CSU is not only practitioner-focused by design and history, it has exceptionally close ties with K-12 schools--links that have developed in the course of preparing so many of their teachers and administrators. As the university that is chosen by over 75% of community college students to complete their undergraduate degrees, CSU is the institution with the strongest ties to the community college system.

Organizationally, the program is responsible to the Dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno and is administered by a director and taught by Fresno State interdisciplinary faculty.

“The Fresno State Doctoral Program is a participant in the prestigious national study of Education Doctorates by the Carnegie Foundation.”