Program Overview

Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice (EdD)


Entry Term

June 2024 Cohort (Summer)

Application Open

August 2023

Program Completed

EdD in Educational Leadership


3 Years

The mission and vision of the Educational Leadership for Social Justice (ELSJ) Doctoral Program are to...

  • Prepare critical and courageous scholar-practitioners who lead educational transformation.
  • Act as a collective of critical, courageous, and self-reflective scholar-practitioners.
  • Work in solidarity with communities to disrupt the expansion of historic inequalities and lead educational transformation.

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.

University Application (only apply after being admitted by department)

The application cycle for the June 2024 Cohort is now open. We strongly encourage attending an online Information Session to help you assess if our program is a good match for your career goals. Check here for a list of upcoming sessions and visit opportunities. If you're unable to attend, please Click here for a recording of a recent Information Session.

EdD Student Testimonial

Four Aspects of our EdD Program

  1. Embedded Social Justice
  2. Study What Matters to You
  3. Rigorous and Supportive
  4. Career Advancement and a Professional Community Beyond Graduation
EdD Student Testimonial

5 Keys to a Strong Application and being a Successful Student

  1. Experience as a leader and/or in education - Generally, at least 5 years
  2. Can state a problem of practice or a topic that you think you would like to research in your dissertation
  3. A commitment to social justice in your essay and in your CV/resume
  4. Good writing skills: you can make an argument based on logical steps and evidence (data, personal/professional experience, research)
  5. Interest in and commitment to self-reflection and growth

For more information please email us at or call us at 510.885.3596.

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