New Educational Doctorate admissions deadline is April 30

April 30 is the priority deadline for admission to the inaugural California State University, Stanislaus Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program.

Preparations and the student application process for the University's groundbreaking doctorate program that will start in the fall are continuing under the direction of Dr. Steven K. Lee, Founding Director. The program is designed for educators interested in earning a doctorate to advance their careers in education.

The three-year program is designed to meet the need for highly trained educational leaders in the Central Valley. Two specializations will be offered -- one in leadership for preschool to grade 12 schools and the other for community college leadership. Acceptance to the program after April 30 will be based on space availability. Information sessions held all over the region have drawn large turnouts, Lee noted.

"Interest in the program has been diverse, ranging from classroom teachers and professors to district superintendents and college administrators," Lee said. "They have come from the local area and as far as Korea and Hawaii."

Doctoral courses in the program taught by 17 core faculty will be held on Tuesday evenings to accommodate working professionals. Many of the courses are designed so that a significant portion of class requirements can be fulfilled online via the Web. Class registration for the charter cohort of students will be completed after the California State University Trustees and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) provide final clearances this spring.

A new addition to the program's full-time faculty for the fall startup is former Columbia College President Dr. Jim Riggs. He has 30 years of administrative and teaching experience at the community college level and a doctorate in educational leadership from USC. A second full-time community college specialist will join the program by 2009.

Open advising sessions are still available with Lee by contacting him at (209) 667-3364 or by e-mail at Program information is available on the University website at