University selected as one of seven in the CSU to house the system's first independent doctorate
SAN FRANCISCO, February 27, 2006 -- San Francisco State University has been selected as one of seven California State University campuses that will begin offering an independent doctorate of education (Ed.D.) program in 2007. The selections were announced Feb. 23 by the CSU system.
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. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the legislation (SB 724) authorizing the degree Sept. 22, 2005. It went into effect at the beginning of the year.
"We are pleased to be a leader in offering this much-needed doctoral program," said Jake Perea, dean of the SFSU College of Education. "This opens up opportunities for a new generation of educational leaders to receive the training that will help them address the many challenges California's educational institutions face."
The College of Education already offers a joint doctoral program in educational leadership that focuses on urban K-12 administration (with University of California, Berkeley; CSU East Bay; and San Jose State University). The new degree will have a broader focus and will prepare educational leaders for K-12, community college, and other educational settings.
The independent doctoral degree program will feature an interdisciplinary emphasis that draws upon the strengths of multiple departments and colleges within SFSU. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Gemello is forming an interdisciplinary design group of faculty and members of the community that will begin outlining curriculum for the program. The program hopes to accept its first students in 2007.
David Hemphill, associate dean for graduate studies and research development in the College of Education, said he expects the new doctorate will focus on such topics as academic leadership, finance and budgeting, implementing systemic reforms in education, curriculum and assessment, adult learning and educational theories, diversity and language acquisition, community engagement, recruitment, and faculty and staff development.
The interdisciplinary design group will also explore specializations for students who want to focus on specific areas within the doctorate of education.
SFSU has long educated many of the administrators for Bay Area K-12 schools through its master's degree program in administration and disciplinary studies. However, the demand for doctoral training for administrative leaders for California public elementary and secondary schools and community colleges has increased in the past decade and has outpaced the supply. Because the doctor of education degree is primarily offered in California by private universities, the costs have been a barrier to many Californians.
The other CSU campuses now authorized to offer the independent Ed.D. are San Diego, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Fresno and Sacramento.
SFSU's College of Education is recognized statewide as one of the leading professional schools for preparing educators at the credential and masters levels, with concentrations in elementary education, secondary education, special education, instructional technologies and educational administration/interdisciplinary studies.
One of the largest campuses in the California State University system, SFSU was founded in 1899 and today is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public, urban university.
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