About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the joint PhD Program in Education offered by San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University is to develop scholars who are committed to research on democratic schooling, social justice, and equal educational outcomes for all students, and the improvement of educational systems serving diverse communities.

The Universities

Learn more about San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University.

SDSU campus

San Diego State University campus

CGU campus

Claremont Graduate University campus

Our History

The joint PhD program in education between San Diego State University (SDSU) and Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has been in existence since 1978. The leadership of Dr. Tomas Arciniega and Dr. Peggy Hawley at SDSU and Paul Albrecht, Dean of Faculty at CGU, guided the establishment of the program. 

Since 1981 more than 250 education professionals have earned their PhD through the SDSU/ CGU joint program. Graduates of the program are currently employed as school principals, superintendents and program directors, college and university faculty and administrators, educational specialists in private and public agencies, and consultants to schools and businesses.

Our Faculty

The faculty at San Diego State and Claremont bring diverse research and teaching interests to the study of democratic schooling, social justice and diversity in education. Faculty assist doctoral students with initial advising or with qualifying examinations and preparation of the dissertation. Learn more about our faculty.


SDSU Global Seal of Biliteracy


SDSU Global Seal of Biliteracy

SDSU’s Global Seal of Biliteracy is a digital badge that SDSU students can earn through participating in a cultural and linguistic immersion experience, and demonstrating Working Proficiency through standardized testing that covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a language other than English. The SDSU Global Seal of Biliteracy is a standardized measurement of biliteracy skills, and is open to all Joint Doctoral students who meet the requirements, regardless of their pathways to proficiency in their languages.

As a transborder HSI, SDSU launched its Inaugural Global Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish in Spring 2021 to value and honor the language of our CaliBaja region. The SDSU Global Seal of Biliteracy was made possible through a three-year grant awarded by the California Department of Education’s Multilingual California Initiative.

To our knowledge, we are the first doctoral program offering the option to earn the Global Seal of Biliteracy alongside a PhD in Education.

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Contact Us

Find contact information for the Joint Doctoral Program, as well as directions and parking information for the SDSU location.