Student Progress Requirements

Criteria for Continuation in the Program

Students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the program and (b) not have a grade point average below 3.0 in any two successive terms to be considered in good academic standing. They must also meet all the requirements of graduate students outlined in the university catalog.

Students who fall below a 3.0 grade point average in any one term will be placed on academic probation and notified of this in writing. Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress may be officially disqualified from the program in writing in accordance with policies established by the campus and based upon the recommendation of the Ed.D. Program Faculty.

To ensure that a decision to disqualify a student because of unsatisfactory academic progress is just, basic due process requirements will be met. Faculty will conduct a thorough review and consultation and will provide a written recommendation by the Ed.D. Program Director to the Graduate Division. The student may appeal the decision. A student who has been disqualified from the program will not be allowed to continue in the Ed.D. Program, enroll in doctoral level courses in the program, or register again in the Ed.D. Program without a formal application and re-admission to the university.

Unit Requirements

Each candidate will be required to successfully complete 60 semester units of course work. Each of the first two years call for completion of 18 units during the regular academic year and 6 units during each summer session. The third year of the program calls for completion of the dissertation which will entail 12 units.

The Ed.D. program is designed for completion of the degree requirements within three (3) calendar years (two semesters per academic year and summer study). The California State University, Sacramento Educational Leadership doctoral program is designed to allow completion of degree requirements within three (3) calendar years and four and a half calendar years (four years and one semester) will normally be acceptable.

Total time to qualifying examination and advancement to candidacy will not exceed three (3) years unless there are mitigating circumstances and the Ed.D. Program faculty has approved the extension; such extension normally may not exceed one year. Total registered time is not expected to exceed five (5) years, and extension beyond this period requires approval by the Ed.D. Program faculty.

Extension of the period for degree completion beyond the period of five (5) years is normally granted to students in good academic standing, not exceed a two (2) year period. Continuation each term after the extension is granted requires determination of satisfactory progress by the Ed.D. Program faculty.

Extension of the period by more than two years can be granted only under special circumstances and based upon criteria established by the Ed.D. Program faculty. Such extension requires (a) special approval in accordance with the procedures established by the campus and (b) evidence that the student has maintained currency in the field, including demonstrated currency in literature, course work, and research.

Qualifying Examinations

After doctoral candidates have satisfactorily finished their coursework, they will be given a qualifying examination by the end of the second year of the program. The Qualifying Examination will be administered at the end of the second year in the program sequence when the candidate's mastery of the essential of the core leadership and methodological elements can be fairly evaluated and when the candidate is judged to be ready to begin dissertation research. The Qualifying Examination will be a written assessment of student knowledge that must be passed prior to the student's advancement to candidacy.

Membership of Qualifying Examination Committee

The qualifying examination committee evaluates the performance of the student on the examination. This committee will have three members: a committee chair and two faculty colleagues. The qualifying examination committee chair must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from the California State University , Sacramento Ed.D. Core Faculty Group.

The remaining two members of the Ed.D. program faculty must have primary affiliation with the California State University, Sacramento Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy program and at least one of whom must be a member of the core Ed.D Program Faculty. The third committee member may be an Affiliate Faculty who holds a position in a P-12 institution or a community college or other post-secondary education institution.

Vote of Qualifying Examination Committee

  1. Unanimous agreement of the qualifying examination committee is required for the candidate to pass the examination.
  2. Candidates who do not pass on the first attempt normally have only one opportunity to retake the qualifying examination. Four calendar months must pass before the second attempt.

Satisfactory progress further requires that the student pass all required examinations within two attempts.