fall, SF State's College of Education welcomed 17 students to campus in
pursuit of the University's first independent doctoral degree: the Ed.D.
in Educational Leadership. The Ed.D., a result of ground-breaking legislation
passed in 2005, allows California State University campuses to offer independent
education doctorates. Six other CSU campuses launched Ed.D. programs this
SF State's Ed.D. students, all full-time working professionals in public
schools and community colleges, will attend the intensive weekend program
for three years. They will study some of the most vexing problems facing
California educators today: how to close the achievement gap between Latino
and African American students and their white and Asian peers; how to
effectively educate students whose native language is not English; and
how to help students in community college who have graduated from high
school but still need training in basic skills. Students will each complete
a research-based thesis and learn from leading scholars in school reform
drawn from the University's colleges of business, ethnic studies and humanities,
as well as the Department of Public Administration.
David Hemphill, associate dean and interim director of the program, was
instrumental in developing the Ed.D. along with an interdisciplinary
of faculty. He said the program addresses the problems of schools in "socioeconomic
transition" -- schools with high levels of cultural diversity,
educational need and poverty. "These are schools and districts
with a strong imperative to move toward educational equity," he
achievement gap is not just an urban problem. It occurs in rural areas
where poverty is also an issue."
The Ed.D. also aims to meet a projected staffing shortage of community
college leaders. Before the program launched, Hemphill surveyed 20 community
colleges in the Bay Area and found that 25 percent had vacancies in their
chief executive offices. Community college attendance in California over
the next decade is projected to grow by more than half a million students.
Faculty interested in teaching within the Ed.D. program are invited to
contact David Hemphill at ext. 8-2689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the program is available at Educational Doctoral Program Web site.