Name of CPED-Influenced Program: EdD in Educational Leadership
Program Link: http://ed.fullerton.edu/edd/
Stage in Redesign Process: Experienced with Graduates
The following have been identified as “signature pedagogies” for the Ed.D. at Cal State Fullerton:
· Research Support Seminars: Students work in small group classes with a single professor in a sequence of six courses that spans the first two years of coursework. The development of the dissertation proposal (chapters 1-3) is embedded within this course sequence.
· Inquiry Methodology Sequence: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to research are taught side-by-side in an integrated manner in each course of the three-course Inquiry sequence.
Laboratories of Practice:
The application of scholarly theory and research to practice is emphasized throughout the program utilizing multiple laboratories of practice including the following:
· Module Builders: Practitioners co-teach 2-4 modules with faculty in which case studies from their institutions. The more extended nature of these modules allows for in-depth application of scholarly theory and research to practice.
· On-Site Consultations: Students working in teams visit schools and community colleges to gather data regarding real problems at those institutions. The case data are examined using theory and research, and the teams present the results of their analysis and recommendations for practice to the institutions.
Each student completes a five-chapter research-based dissertation based on a problem of practice. Students may not conduct action research projects or program evaluations for their dissertations. Dissertation evaluation criteria are based primarily on the seven educational leadership objectives that inform the program.
Description of each year of the Program:
The first two years consists of three terms: fall, spring, and summer. Each term students take two classes (3 units each) and a research support seminar (2 units). In the third year they complete their dissertations. There are two specializations: PreK-12 Leadership and Community College Leadership.
Students must pass a qualifying examination at the end of the first year and a dissertation proposal examination at the end of the second year. At the end of the program, students must also pass a final examination, which is the defense of their dissertation.
The Ed.D. Program requires the following of all applicants for admission to the doctoral program:
- an earned baccalaureate degree and master's degree from accredited institutions of higher education with a GPA 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 on the three GRE tests, taken within the last five years (the GRE is used for assessment purposes and not for evaluation of candidates);
- 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 confidential recommendation forms attesting to the leadership ability and scholarship of the candidate;
- a written statement of purpose reflecting understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges in California;
- professional resume, including whether the applicant has proficiency in a second language;
- examples of professional writing;
- response to a writing prompt administered on-campus prior to the interview;
- a statement of support for the candidate’s doctoral studies from her/his employer or, in the 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.
- a personal interview with the Admissions Committee.
Details available at: http://ed.fullerton.edu/edd/admission.htm
- Program Delivery: On Campus
Average number of students admitted into the EdD program each year: 15-21
Types of employoment students hold upon entering the program: Our students are among the most ethnically diverse in the country and are also highly diverse in terms of work experience.
- Pre K-12 students have included assistant superintendents, principals, district-level administrators, and teacher-leaders.
- Community college students have included a president, vice presidents, deans, directors, faculty, student aairs professionals, instructional librarians, and information technology professionals.
Student : Faculty Ratio (Courses): 8:1
Student : Faculty Ratio (Advising): 8:1
Number of credits in the program (beyond the Masters): 60
Length of Program: Less than 4 years
Percentage of students that graduate on time: Over 60 %
Are most students part time or full time?: full time
Admissions Cycle: The Educational Leadership Doctorate program admits students only during the Fall semester.
Financial aid available to students: The doctoral program provides approximately $180,000 in need-based grant aid to students each year.
Average number of students enrolled in each cohort: 15-21
- Graduation Rate: Over 60%