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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership

Program Overview

Details about the program requirements and resources available for students.

Cohort Model

Take all your classes in a cohort of 15-20 students.


Choose between P-12 or Higher Education strands to fit your career goals.


Pay less tuition than the national average for public universities or private universities.

Pillars of the program

  • Leadership practice driven by research
  • Guided by a social justice framework
  • Commitment to education in California


Delivery Options

Our program offers study both in-person (face-to-face) and online.

Delivery Option Details


Darlene Daclan of Cohort 4


The degree is granted upon completion of 60 units over 3 years (8 semesters) - 48 units make up didactic coursework and 12 units are required for dissertation. The culminating experience is met with the completion of a dissertation.

Curriculum Details


Student Support

All Fresno State educational leadership doctoral students have full access to a wide range of support services to enhance their engagement, well-being, and academic success.

Division of Graduate Studies



"Earning my doctorate from Fresno State has been a game-changer for my personal and professional growth. It is the best investment I’ve made."

- 2013 graduate, Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, San José State University