Education Doctorate

Ed.D. Options: Community College Administration; K-12 Administration

The California State University, Sacramento doctoral program represents a collaborative effort between two departments, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Public Policy and Administration, to provide an interdisciplinary program of study.  It also represents a partnership with area public schools and community colleges to develop a meaningful course of study and graduate experience.

The program is planned to meet the needs of working professionals who are engaged in the profession of education.  Accordingly, the program will incorporate a variety of innovative measures to facilitate student access. These consist of scheduling courses on a year-round basis, utilizing alternative course formats, including intensive, Friday evening, all-day Saturday, and “in-residence” summer seminars on-campus meeting times, and encouraging students to use their job-related problems as topics for research assignments.  The majority of the program classes will be held on the campus of California State University, Sacramento.  However, there may be sessions held with partner institutions in public schools and community colleges to host classes as appropriate.

Admission as a classified graduate student in the Education Doctorate program requires:

  • an earned baccalaureate degree and master's degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education with a grade point average in upper division and graduate study of 3.0 or above;
  • sufficient preparation and experience pertinent to educational leadership to benefit from the program;
  • submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores- from the three sections of the General Test taken within five years of applying to the Ed.D. program;
  • demonstrated educational leadership potential and skills including successful experience in school, postsecondary, community, and/or policy leadership;
  • demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices;
  • three letters of recommendation attesting to the leadership ability and scholarship of the candidate;
  • a written statement of purpose reflecting an understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges/institutions of higher education in California;
  • a personal interview; and
  • a statement of support for the candidate’s doctoral studies from his/her employer or, in cases where this is not provided, an indication of the candidate’s plan for meeting the demands of the program and his/her professional responsibilities.

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