The CSU Ed.D. Programs for Educational Leaders
The California State University Ed.D. programs represent an innovative professional
doctorate in education that explicitly aim to achieve high levels of quality and relevance.
These significant doctoral programs for educational leaders were authorized by the California
Legislature in order to respond to the urgent need for well-prepared administrators to
lead California's public schools and community colleges.
CSU's Ed.D. programs are designed to equip leaders with the necessary knowledge and
skills to achieve reforms to improve student achievement. Each program uses a common
framework that builds on nationally recognized P-12 and Community College professional
standards and competencies for leaders.
The Ed.D. programs link theory, research, and practice in programs that are directly
relevant to P-12 and Community College needs in specific regions. They are unique doctoral
programs that are aimed at training future leaders to have a significant impact on the
state's educational needs.
These doctoral programs are directly responsive to regional needs and are characterized by strong partnerships with P-12 and Community College practitioners. The partnerships include substantial and ongoing collaborations with local educational partners working together on program design, recruitment and admissions, teaching, and program assessment and evaluation. They reflect the CSU commitment within its strategic plan, Access to Excellence, to strengthening the cross-sector strategies and structures that are essential to enhancing student preparation and achievement.