P-12 Leadership Specialization

Guiding Purpose of P-12 Leadership Specialization

The Department of Advanced Studies in Education believes that transformation of P-12 education depends on leaders who demonstrate the skills, abilities, and attitudes that have been found through research and application to be essential to effective leadership. The EdD in Educational Leadership, with specialization in P-12, is designed as a professional degree in which a carefully selected cohort of educational leaders develop advanced research and leadership skills to address specific problems that have local, regional and national implications for teaching and learning, education reform, and professional development with a special emphasis on the Central Valley of California context. It is expected that program graduates, working directly in public schools and districts, will serve as transformational leaders, taking their organizations to high levels of student achievement and creating organizations focused on diversity and acceptance of productive change.

Prospective Students

This program is designed for the following groups of prospective students:

  • P-12 faculty leaders
  • P-12 administrators, including directors, coordinators, principals, and superintendents
  • Persons interested in working in P-12 leadership positions

Program Curriculum


 Courses (39 Units)

  • EDEL 9001 Applied Qualitative Research, 3 units
  • EDEL 9002 Applied Quantitative Research, 3 units
  • EDEL 9003 Organizational Theory and Practice, 3 units
  • EDEL 9005 Policy: Agenda, Adoption, and Implementation, 3 units
  • EDEL 9006 Applied Quantitative Research II, 3 units
  • EDEL 9007 Social Foundations of Education, 3 units
  • EDEL 9008 Educational Leadership in Diverse Communities, 3 units
  • EDEL 9009 Adult Learning Theory for Professional Development, 3 units
  • EDEL 9010 Models of Inquiry, 3 units
  • EDEL 9011 Applied Inquiry 1: Directed Reading & Literature Review Development, 3 Units
  • EDEL 9012 Applied Inquiry 2: Beginning Research Proposal Design, 3 Units
  • EDEL 9013 Applied Inquiry 3: Advanced Research Proposal Design, 3 Units
  • EDEL 9014 Applied Qualitative Research II, 3 Units

Specialization Courses (9 Units)

  • EDEL 9040 School Law, 3 units
  • EDEL 9043 Management of Human, Fiscal, and Material Resources for Equity, 3 units
  • EDEL 9044 Instructional Leadership for Equity and Excellence, 3 units

Dissertation (12 units)

  • EDEL 9990 Dissertation