Education - Ed.D. Educational Leadership
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at San José State University emphasizes human centered approaches to educational leadership. The program builds on the view that educational leaders serve in learner-centered systems in which inquiry, learning, equity, and human care are central concerns. The expected role for educational leaders involves creating a learning community, one that promotes collaboration and shared decision making. This view implies moving towards more distributed models of leadership and creating a public will that is networked, dispersed and charged with successfully educating all students. The doctoral program begins with an intensive on campus five-week summer session that meets three days per week. During the fall and spring semesters in years 1 and 2, two classes each semester are scheduled. Together, the classes meet one evening per week for 8-10 weeks and on 4 or 5 Saturdays. The second summer session includes a required a global experience including a two-week educational and cultural experience outside of the United States. No formal class sessions are scheduled during the final two semesters of the Ed.D. program, when students complete independent research as part of the dissertation.