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  • Policy Number: SP.12.015
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Kaia Tollefson, Manuel Correia, Tiiana Itkonen, Betsy Quintero, Bob Bleicher, Merilyn Buchanan
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
  • Approval Date:
  • Effective Date: 2014-2015 (Pending WASC approval)
  • Supersedes:


The program will prepare diverse groups of proven leaders representative of the communities they serve who will:

  • Lead successful educational change and reform for teaching and learning in the 21st century through ethical and equitable practices
    • demonstrate courageous leadership in an educational reform effort
    • identify and navigate ethical complexities of educational leadership
    • develop leadership vision that demonstrates commitment to ethics and equity
    • utilize evolving technologies
  • Employ systems thinking to identify root causes of complex educational problems and develop meaningful solutions to address educational inequities
    • apply various theoretical lenses, research and personal experiences to identify problems of educational practice
    • evaluate problems of practice through critical examination of existing systems and potential solutions
    • assess critically the successes and failures of educational systems
    • analyze systemic and/or root causes of educational inequities and design and implement meaningful solutions
    • align decisions and actions as leaders with stated (and evolving) philosophy of educational leadership
  • Engage diverse families, organizations and communities through collaborative partnerships and networking
    • examine and evaluate personal beliefs and biases to understand how they impact the ability to be an ethical, equitable leader
    • build collaborative partnerships with families and communities
    • build collaborative partnerships and networks with colleagues and other professionals
    • demonstrate leadership in creating a safe culture and instructional program that is conducive to all students’ learning and staff professional growth
  • Construct and apply a professional knowledge base that integrates both experiential and research knowledge to inform leadership decisions; be able to undertake appropriate research studies to inform leadership decisions
    • use a variety of inquiry and research methods in investigating issues and problems related to educational effectiveness and student success
    • undertake and complete an applied research study related to educational issues, problems and practice
  • Construct and use program evaluations and assessments for the purpose of improving program quality
    • design and conduct program and policy evaluations
    • design and interpret assessments and assessment data and be able to make leadership decisions based on the data


The Joint Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership offered by CSU Channel Islands and CSU Fresno provides educators with skills to become outstanding leaders for P-12 Schools and Community Colleges. This program, with two strands (one for P-12 Educational Leadership and the second for Post-Secondary Educational Leadership) is organized on a three-year cohort model and is designed for full time working professionals. Planning for the degree includes ongoing significant involvement of our local educational partners. The program will utilize a blended model that integrates online learning with on-campus, intensive residential meetings. Faculty and students will be provided with on-going professional development that supports the effective use of technology as a mechanism to deliver dynamic learning experiences.









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