Our program begins in the Summer session with an orientation in early June. Selected applicants will be asked to complete an online Cal State Apply application.

Please note that you must be admitted into the EdD Program prior to submitting your application to the university.

Admission shall be granted on a competitive basis in accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (Section 41020). Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for the program but does not guarantee admission. Requirements for admission shall apply to all EdD applicants and shall include, at minimum, the following:

  1. A Baccalaureate degree and Master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  2. Leadership skills and abilities in education or closely related field as shown in resume/CV.
  3. Professional experiences demonstrating problem-solving ability and assessments of current educational policies and practices.
  4. Three confidential recommendations forms.
  5. Documented professional commitment to equity and social justice.
  6. District Support Agreement (if applicable) stating support for candidate’s doctoral studies from employer.
  7. A written response to a writing prompt concerning issues of school effectiveness.
  1. Apply to the department using the online application.
  2. The application will require you to upload a response to a writing prompt, your resume, and your unofficial undergraduate and graduate degree college transcripts.
  3. Three recommenders should complete and email a recommendation form to 
  4. If you work for the CSU system or a school district,  please have your supervisor/HR manager email the Employer Statement of Support to
  5. If selected, participate in an interview with the Admission Committee.
  6. Apply to the University only after receiving notification from the Department. Submit an application through Cal State Apply to Cal State East Bay and pay the $70 nonrefundable application fee. Be sure to print the application submission confirmation page for your records. Submit all required documents (which includes transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended, including community colleges).

December 1. Rolling admission thereafter, depending on space availability.


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