The Ed.D. Educational Leadership doctoral program prepares educational leaders who will work in California public school settings including early childhood sites, elementary, middle, and high schools, and our community college system. The program strives to prepare a new generation of educational leaders who reflect the vast diversity of our state, and to that end, we honor the cultural and personal knowledge, as well as the resiliency that our students bring.

Our goal is to prepare leaders who can enhance development, learning, and academic achievement for all students. We prepare leaders who will work in our local communities to equalize student access to the cultural capital that a rigorous education based on open-minded inquiry and reflection can provide. San Francisco State University’s Ed.D. program is centered on issues of leadership, equity, and social justice and strives to use curricular materials and instructional methods that embrace this courageous approach. Our doctoral faculty are a multi-disciplinary group who are conducting research and taking practical action as public intellectuals around these same issues of social justice in education.

Ed.D. Educational Leadership Spotlight

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Improving education by applying theory to your practice

Explore ideas and projects that take your work to the next level.

Program Overview

EDDL Graduates Group

Our Graduates

San Francisco State's Ed.D. graduates are making their mark at schools across the state and country, both at the P-12 and two-year and four-year college level.

Our students and alumni have dedicated themselves to improving equity and social justice for all students in California's P-12 schools and community colleges.

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The Program

The San Francisco State Ed.D. program is  focused on both P-12 and higher education.

Our accelerated three-year timeline and weekend class schedule make this an excellent program for practitioners currently working in the field and looking to take their career to the next level.

Our focus on social justice and equity ensure that our graduates become leaders in working to close the opportunity gap and make learning accessible to all.

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Class Meeting Dates for Fall and Spring

  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Spring Launch: Jan 23, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Session 1. Jan 30, Jan 31
Session 2. Feb 13, Feb 14 (President’s Day weekend)
Session 3. Feb 27, Feb 28
Session 4. Mar 13, Mar 14
Session 5. Mar 27, Mar 28 (Passover & Palm Sunday and end of SFSU Spring Break)
* Apr 9 - Apr 12, AERA Conf. Orlando, Fl.
Session 6. Apr 17, Apr 18 (Ramadan)
Session 7. May 1, May 2 (Research Symposium Sunday May 2, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.) (Ramadan)
Session 8. May 15, May 16
*EDDL Graduation: Saturday, May 22

*Orientation: Jun 12, (Tentative)
Session 1. Jun 5, Jun 6
Session 2. Jun 19, Jun 20
Session 3. Jun 26, Jun 27 (Back to back due to Jul 4 holiday)
Session 4. Jul 10, Jul 11
Session 5. Jul 24, Jul 25

*Launch: Aug 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Tentative)
Session 6. Aug 28, Aug 29
Session 7. Sep 11, Sep 12
Session 8. Sep 25, Sep 26
Session 9. Oct 9, Oct 10
Session 10. Oct 23, Oct 24
Session 11. Nov 6, Nov 7
Session 12. Nov 20, Nov 21
*Nov 22 - Nov 28 Fall Recess
Session 13. Dec 4, Dec 15

*Launch: Jan 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Tentative)
Session 1. Jan 22, Jan 23
Session 2. Feb 5, Feb 6
Session 3. Feb 19, Feb 20
Session 4. Mar 5, Mar6
Session 5. Mar 19, Mar 20
*SF State Spring Break Mar 21 - Mar 27 (Tentative)
Session 6. Apr 2, Apr 3
Session 7. Apr 16, Apr 17 (Research Symposium Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
* Apr 22 - Apr 25, AERA Conf. San Diego
Session 8. May 7, May 8 (Longer break between sessions)
*EdD Recognition Ceremony Saturday, May 14 2022