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Doctorate Degree Programs in Education

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy doctoral program is intended for K-12, pre-K, and adult education administrators nationwide. Course work is integrated with 60 percent face-to-face meetings and 40 percent online segments. Face-to-face portions of the program will be offered in three extended blocks of time each semester to facilitate travel and the schedules of working administrators. The 56-60 unit curriculum is constructed so that California administrators may complete their Tier II Professional Clear Administrative Credential while pursuing the doctorate.

This highly innovative program, specially designed for public school administrators, uses sophisticated methods of inquiry and analysis to address issues of professional practice, with an emphasis upon problems confronting the administrator in the K-12, pre-K, and adult education environments. In conjunction with leaders from their work setting, students address a "real-life" problem in that environment. To solve this problem, students work as members of a team with mentors, University faculty, and others if appropriate.

In addition to focusing on real-world problems, the program emphasizes values and visionary leadership. While working with outstanding on-site professionals, students develop the intellectual foundations and knowledge needed to create a vision and inspire others to take action appropriate to that vision. Through guidance from proactive leaders, candidates learn how to take charge in an atmosphere of ambiguity, evaluate school operations, and design and implement improvements required for a brighter future for all students. Face-to-face sessions are held at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.

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Many programs offer rolling admission, and students can enter in the fall, spring, and summer sessions.