Campus: East Bay -- February 13, 2007

Cal State East Bay To Offer Doctoral Program

Cal State East Bay to offer doctoral program to prepare school administrators for urban school district leadership.

A doctorate of education degree will be offered by California State University, East Bay starting in the summer of 2008, to prepare educators and administrators to serve in leadership positions for urban school districts.

Cal State East Bay has been participating since 2003 in a joint doctoral education leadership program in partnership with three other universities-UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, and San Jose State-and has been authorized by the California State University system to begin administering the program on its own starting next year.

"We're excited about the opportunity," said Emily Brizendine, interim dean of the CSUEB College of Education and Allied Studies. "It frees us to really look at different kinds of options for the program and to explore how we can deliver the program using the kinds of resources we have and the expertise of our faculty."

According to Brizendine, Cal State East Bay's new independent Ed.D. program will focus on the knowledge and skills needed by leaders in California's public elementary and secondary schools.

"We are responding to compelling conditions in the field, which include access to higher level degrees limited to the few who are economically able to pay the high cost of programs offered by private institutions," Brizendine said. "In addition, there is a lack of diversity among higher levels of P-12 school leadership, and a crisis of urban educational leadership."

Brizendine said that there will be substantive involvement of California public elementary and secondary school representatives in all aspects of the program including design, development, and governance. The new program also will involve current CSUEB faculty of the College of Education and Allied Studies and be housed in the Department of Educational Leadership.

"This is a great moment in the 50-year history of Cal State East Bay," said Mo Qayoumi, university president. "We're proud that the university will have an even greater role in enhancing the qualifications of administrators in schools and community colleges."

The initial focus of Cal State East Bay's Ed.D. program will be on Leadership for Equity in P-12 public school systems. It will engage doctoral candidates in forming connections between leadership theory and effective leadership practices that lead to high levels of achievement and success for those students.

It will be structured in a cohort model and allow students to complete all graduation requirements within three years, taking into account that they also are fulltime education professionals.

A formal announcement of Cal State East Bay's new Ed.D. program will be made this Monday, Feb. 12 at 5:15 p.m. at a reception to be held in the Bayview Room of the New University Union on the university's Hayward campus.

Contact: Barry Zepel, Media Relations Officer, (510) 885-3884

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