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SF State to offer educational doctorate

November 3, 2006

SF State will be part of an historic first for the California State University system when it launches a new education doctorate in 2007. The education doctorate is the first doctorate that CSU campuses will be able to offer independently since the system was formed almost half a century ago. SF State is one of seven CSU campuses to offer the new independent doctorate of education in educational leadership (Ed.D.), designed for working adults who are interested in educational administration in K-12 or community college settings.

The Academic Senate approved the program earlier this semester. Students will be admitted in cohorts, attend part time and complete the program in three years.

The curriculum will be multidisciplinary, drawing upon the expertise of faculty in six of SF State's colleges, representing such academic areas as education, behavioral and social sciences, business management and finance, ethnic studies, speech and communications and health and human services.

The course of study will focus on developing leadership abilities in:

  • Educational reform and transformation;
  • Management of learning, curriculum and assessment processes;
  • Achieving equity, diversity and social justice in educational environments;
  • Educational program administration including financial management, resource allocation and human resource issues.
  • Theoretical and evidence-based applied research.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation (SB 724) authorizing the CSU doctorate on Sept. 22, 2005, effective January 2006. SF State currently offers joint doctorates in physical therapy with University of California, San Francisco, in special education with UC Berkeley, and in education with UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay and San Jose State University.

Applications for fall 2007 enrollment will be available in a few months, with an expected application deadline of April 1, 2007. For details on admission to the Ed.D. program, e-mail Patricia Donohue at and visit the Ed.D. application information Web page.

-- William Morris


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