Ed.D. Program (PK-12) Frequently Asked Questions
Prospective students complete a California State University application and submit a department/program application to the Educational Leadership Department. Full information and links to the university and program applications can be found at the College of Education Admissions website.
Letters of recommendation should come from professionals who are fully informed about your work, including areas where you have provided leadership. Recommendations can be either professional (e.g., current employer) or academic (e.g., professor from previous degree).
GRE test scores are a necessary component of the California State University graduate application. If you have already taken the GRE, you can submit a score report in lieu of sitting for the examination a second time.
The GRE is waived, only for the 2021 admission cycle.
We have not established a minimum GRE score and do not keep a record of the average scores of admitted students. The faculty reviews each application package as a whole, rather than just the numbers.
Financial Matters Questions
Cost is dependent on how many semesters you are enrolled. The number of semesters is dependent on both coursework and dissertation progress. Current Ed.D. tuition is available at the SDSU Tuition and Other Fees page in the “Ed Doctoral” column:
Once you have completed the application process, you can also submit an application for financial aid. Information is available at the SDSU Financial Aid & Scholarships' FAFSA page.
The majority of students who apply financial aid to this program do so with student loans. The department and college have limited scholarship money; applications tend to be competitive. Once you have completed the application process, you can also submit an application for financial aid and search opportunities both inside and outside the university. Information is available at the SDSU Financial Aid & Scholarships' FAFSA page: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid/how-to-apply
We encourage potential students to also review the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program from the Federal Government to explore eligibility and terms: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
Classes for the traditional San Diego cohort typically meet at Health Sciences Middle and High College in central San Diego. In addition, most courses have an online component where Zoom is used for online meetings.
In our traditional three-year program, classes typically meet one night a week, from about 5 PM until 9 PM. In addition, there are occasional Saturday seminars. In the second year, you will typically follow the same schedule, although the number of classes is usually slightly reduced, due to independent dissertation work. In the third year, the number of classes remains about the same as year two.
The Ed.D. is a cohorted program. We accept between 12-30 students into the traditional cohort each year. In some years, multiple cohorts are established. Classes may consist of a single cohort, or a combination of cohorts that represent multiple years. Class size is dependent on the number of students recruited into a cohort and whether or not a particular course involves combined cohorts.
As a past NISL participant, it is possible to complete the program in as little as two years (six or seven semesters). This type of accelerated timeline is largely predicated on meeting the dissertation work deadlines, which means making rapid, high quality progress in each phase of the dissertation. Some students (NISL and non-NISL) require additional semesters as a result of their own amount of progress on the dissertation. We are very supportive at each stage of writing—but, ultimately, progress is fully dependent on the student. This is understandable, since each student has different life experiences and responsibilities which impact his or her work.
Typically, we can only run an independent, geographic-specific cohort with 15 or more students. We established a Pomona cohort in 2019, but that is a one-time cohort and it will not reoccur unless there are the minimum required number of students. We are exploring the possibility of a cohort in Orange County or the Inland Empire for the 2020 admission cycle. We are happy to work with potential students to recruit others in your area, if you think there would be the required number.