Doctor of Education (EdD)

Educational Leadership (Joint EdD) (ED81)

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership. This cohort-based three-year (including summers) doctor of education degree is designed to enable education leaders to participate in a research-based program while working in an educational setting.

We seek educators who wish to expand their knowledge of discipline-specific pedagogy, research methodology, and education reform in order to lead curricular and pedagogical improvement efforts with pre-service, beginning, and experienced teachers in local schools. Our students represent groups of great depth in diversity and professional experience. Students include primary, secondary and post-secondary educational practitioners. We address a broad range of educational issues specifically concentrating on:

Teaching and Learning
K-12 Leadership/Administration
Higher Education Administration & Student Affairs

The Joint Doctorate in Educational Leadership has three foci. First, we are committed to a program of study that addresses issues of social justice in all aspects of education. Second, we teach and use a strengths and asset-based inquiry approach that enables you to embrace your own strengths and to identify and build on the strengths of others as stepping stones to powerful leadership. Third, we engage you in exploring cutting edge research and practices that will enable you to design and lead educational systems in and for the future.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Department Education Studies
Major Educational Leadership (Joint EdD)
Degree Doctor of Education
Admissions Terms Winter
Additional Notes

Winter Admissions Term Only

Application Deadlines August 4, 2021 (Winter 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Please review further details here:

Statement of Purpose




Contact Info

Campus Office Pepper Canyon Hall, 3rd Floor
Phone (858) 822-2177
Fax (858) 534-2462
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Education Studies Department
Attn: Melissa Wolf
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0070
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0070