Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- December 5, 2003

Cal State L.A.'s Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in Session this Fall

This fall, California State University, Los Angeles welcomed the first round of students enrolled in the newly developed Cal State L.A.-UC Irvine joint Ed.D. program in educational leadership. Cal State L.A. is one of only four California State University campuses jointly offering a Doctorate in Education with UC Irvine through funding from the CSU and the UC Joint Ed.D. Board.

The doctoral candidates are: Denise Collier (Los Angeles resident); Titus Campos (Los Angeles resident); Evangelina M. Cantu (Whittier resident); Diego Ochoa (Palmdale resident); and Lawanna Shelton-Carrigan (Long Beach resident).

According to Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the CSU system, this program will "increase the number of educators with doctorates serving the growing needs of California's public schools and community colleges."

"The expansion of the College's curriculum allows us to prepare for the next generation of educators," explained Carol Bartell, dean of the University's Charter College of Education. "This new joint doctoral program advances us one step further in producing well-educated teachers and administrators of excellence."

As the nation's first charter college leading the way for school reform and innovation in education, Cal State L.A.'s Charter College of Education has operated a successful joint doctoral program in special education with UCLA since 1968. Cal State L.A. is one of the largest educators of teachers in California and is the state's largest preparer of bilingual teachers. According to a recent California Commission on Teacher Credentialing report, Cal State L.A. is ranked as California's top public university in the number of students awarded teacher credentials.

For more information, call Ruth Johnson, coordinator of Cal State L.A.'s joint doctoral program in educational leadership, at (323) 343-4259.

Media Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director, (323) 343-3044

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