2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 16, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management

School: California School of Education

Modality(ies): Online

Calendar(s): 8-week term

CIP Code: 13.0406

Program Description/Overview

This degree prepares the candidate for leadership in a comprehensive consideration of educational settings inclusive of public and private schools, lower and higher educational settings, and government entities, as well as other private and public organizations.


This program offers three tracks:

  1. K-12 and Charter School Leadership
  2. Social Justice
  3. Higher Education Administration

Program Learning Outcomes/Goals

This program prepares competent, confident, and conscientious educational leaders, committed to service and social justice for all in a global society, with the knowledge, skills and abilities to exemplify the following outcomes:

  1. Lead change in educational organizations in a diverse and global society.
  2. Understand the philosophical and social underpinnings of world educational systems, multiculturalism and futuristic educational trends and developments.
  3. Evaluate the political, societal, economic, legal and cultural influence on learning organizations.
  4. Demonstrate and articulate effective theories and principles of teaching and leading adult learners.
  5. Model personal and professional ethics, integrity, justice and fairness.
  6. Evaluate and design research that addresses educational issues.
  7. Apply educational leadership theory and leadership practice skills to address challenges in Higher Education. 

Internship, Practicum, and/or Dissertation Information

The dissertation phase begins after the student has successfully completed all required courses and has passed the comprehensive Exam. Students may conduct a research or an applied dissertation, and consider either quantitative or qualitative research methods, after consultation with the course instructor for Dissertation Plan. Students who follow the dissertation guided process should be able to complete their dissertation at the end of the Dissertation Preparation course.

Credit Units

For students entering without a Master’s degree:

Total Credit Units: 61

Total Core Credit Units: 52

Total Elective Credit Units: N/A

Total Concentration Credit Units: 9

For students entering with a Master’s degree:

Total Credit Units: 46

Total Core Credit Units: 37

Total Elective Credit Units: N/A

Total Concentration Credit Units: 9

Credit for Previous Work

Transfer of credit may be awarded on the following basis:

  1. Coursework beyond the master’s degree may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. All such coursework must have been earned in addition to the master’s degree required coursework.
  2. Credit that has been used to complete a second master’s degree may be considered for transfer.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a requisite Comprehensive Examination upon conclusion of their coursework. All ELM courses must be completed before taking comprehensive exams.

Emphasis/Concentration/Track Requirements

Curriculum Plan

The following curriculum plan is a sample and serves only as a general guide. Curriculum plans and course sequence are subject to variation depending on a student’s start term. Students must complete all coursework required for their program as set forth in their individual master plan of study.  

8-Week Calendar (for students entering without a Master’s degree)

Term 1 (6 units)

Dissertation (9 units)

Dissertation phase after passing comprehensive exams:

8-Week Calendar (for students entering with a Master’s degree)

Term 1 (6 units)

Term 2 (6 units)

Term 7 (1.5 units)

Term 8 (1.5 units)

Term 9 (1.5 units)

Term 10 (1.5 units)

Term 11 (1.5 units)

Term 12 (1.5 units)