No new students are being accepted into this program.
The Ed.D.’s mission is to develop regional and distinctive capacity in educational leadership for Central California educational professionals in P-20 schools and educational organizations. The program is based on three fundamental beliefs:
The Ed.D. takes advantage of the unique strengths of UCSB to provide an innovative curricular, instructional, and research program that includes:
Students, as a cohort, spend their 1st year completing three core courses in educational leadership, policy, and organizations and three in research methodology. They spend their 2nd year completing a set of advanced doctoral seminars and practicums on information technology, policy and politics, learning organizations, organizational management, organizational development and financial leadership. While this coursework is underway, they also participate in leadership practicum experiences and in ongoing research projects in various central coast Professional Development practica crafting solutions to regional educational problems. Students spend their 3rd year completing coursework and researching and writing their dissertations.
The Ed.D. admits 8-10 students per cohort and about 50 students in total. These students are practicing professionals, currently employed in leadership positions in P-20 school organizations or related educational agencies. All hold, at the time of their admission, a Master's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. They seek positions as: P-20 Central Office or School Site Leaders; Community College and Higher Education Administrators; County and State Educational Agents; Non-Profit Educational Leaders; and Public and Private Educational Consultants.