Frequently Asked Questions: Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program
Our three-year program is designed for working professionals and seeks to produce exemplary educational leaders for schools, community colleges, and related educational areas. A partnership between the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Department of Public Policy and Administration, the program takes advantage of its location in California's capital by utilizing the expertise of education policymakers and analysts, as well as executive leaders in K-12 and the community colleges.
An Ed.D is Doctor of Education, and a Ph.D. is Doctor of Philosophy. The theoretical distinction between the two degrees has always been that the Ph.D. is research oriented, whereas the Ed.D. has been directed towards educational practice and the application of theory and research. They are both the highest degree in that particular discipline. A Ph.D. and an Ed.D. are only different in content not respect.
Areas of interest for our faculty’s research range widely in order to provide larger diversity for our students. Just to name a few, research interests can range anywhere from educational psychology, multicultural education, gender studies, intersection between policy and education, and leadership and policy in higher education and K-12.
The program prepares graduates for careers as school administrators, community college program administrators, educational policy contributors and many more. Graduates from this program have gone on to become superintendents, college professors, principals, college program directors, assembly aids and committee members, and much more.
Yes, please allow two weeks for your test scores to be sent to the EDD program office. For more information on the GRE, please visit the website www.gre.org. Toll free # 1‐800‐853‐6769 Local phone # (916) 961‐7323.
Applicants should prepare to take the computer‐based General Test of GRE. Content areas: ‐verbal ‐quantitative ‐analytical writing The CSUS Institution Code is 4671.
No, GRE results may not be older than five years from the date of application. We encourage students to take the GRE as soon as possible, and inform our office of their test date.
No, all applicants are expected to take and submit the GRE scores as part of the application process; this is a CSU system requirement.
Yes. You are able to take the GRE more than once. When you submit your scores during the admission process, all your scores from the last five years will be reported to the University. It is up to the University and Program director, to decide how to process your scores..
It is best to have all required materials submitted to the office by the deadline. You should submit all other materials with a copy of the GRE registration verification. Please have the official scores sent to the EDD office as soon as possible.
It costs a non‐refundable $55 to complete the CSU Mentor application.
Applications are due early spring for Fall admissions.
A grade point average in upper division and graduate study of 3.0 or above is required.
Yes, the Director holds at least two information sessions during the semester. We will post a flyer on our program website, and also outside the Ed.D. office regarding information session dates, times, and locations.
Applicants can visit our website at www.edweb.csus.edu/edd for admission procedures including the on-line application and the supplemental application.
You need to submit one set of Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State, to the Office of Graduate Studies, and one set of Unofficial Transcripts to the Ed.D. Program Office, Eureka Hall 318.
Office: Eureka Hall 318
P: (916) 278-2282