CSU Bakersfield to partner with Fresno State to offer Doctorate in Educational Leadership In Bakersfield

CSU Bakersfield today announced it has entered into a six-year transitional program plan, in collaboration with Fresno State, to offer a Doctorate in Educational Leadership beginning in June 2011. Program development and implementation will be a joint responsibility between the two CSU campuses that serve the southern San Joaquin Valley, with a specific goal of preparing administrators to meet the educational challenges of today and the future.

“CSU Bakersfield has been working for quite some time to implement its first stand- alone doctoral program as there clearly is a need but not many options available in our service area,” said CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell. “The advantage of partnering with CSU Fresno is that it will allow us to have in Bakersfield a program to meet the needs of the community ahead of the time when we could offer a program independently.”

Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Fresno State, said the uniqueness of the program is that it will include CSU Bakersfield faculty who are familiar with local education issues to team with Fresno State faculty who have more than 20 years of experience in offering doctoral courses and guiding dissertation and applied research. 

“The collaborative doctoral program in educational leadership between Fresno State and CSU Bakersfield is a milestone for educators in the Bakersfield area,” said  

Brown-Welty. “The program will offer an opportunity for both preK-12 and higher education educators to pursue advanced studies in a doctoral program that focuses on professional practice and provides participants an opportunity to undertake important applied research.” 

The first two cohorts of the partnership will be considered “Fresno State Cohorts,” offered in collaboration with CSUB, wherein Fresno State faculty will teach course work at CSUB. The next two cohorts will be “Joint Cohorts” with Fresno State faculty teaching the majority of core courses and CSUB faculty teaching specialized courses. The final two cohorts in the transitional period will be “CSUB Cohorts” with all courses being instructed by CSUB faculty with support from Fresno State.

Students in the program will move through three phases of study, comprising 60 units. There are 27 units of core courses, 21 units of specialized courses and 12 dissertation units. Students may choose to specialize in preK-12 or post-secondary education leadership.

According to Curt Guaglianone, Special Assistant to the Provost at CSUB, the program is designed to be completed within three years. “Courses will be held in the late afternoons, evenings, and/or the weekends to accommodate full-time working professionals,” he said.

Guaglianone added that the program is expected to be highly competitive as only 15 to 18 students will be accepted into each cohort. There are already nearly 200 people on an interest list.

Prospective students must have a master's degree from an accredited institution, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in upper-division undergraduate and post-graduate coursework, and take the Graduate Record Exam as part of the application process. The application due date for the first cohort is April 1, 2011.

For more information see http://www.csub.edu/sse/doctorate.html.


About Fresno State’s Ed.D. program

Fresno State has an existing program that is fully approved by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is in its 18th year of practice as a joint program with University of California, Davis, and in its 4th year as a stand alone Doctoral granting program for the CSU. The Fresno State Doctoral Program is a participant in the prestigious national study of Education Doctorates by the Carnegie Foundation.

The purpose of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is to enhance the talents and skills of individuals who plan to devote their lives to the implementation of educational practices informed by research. The Ed.D. program provides students with a broad view of educational problems and a strong background in social science theory. In addition, the program prepares students to conduct and interpret inquiries on which sound educational policy and practice can be anchored.


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