Welcome, prospective students! We are happy you are interested in learning more about the Joint Doctoral Program in Education offered by San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University.
Our program offers the benefits of a large, comprehensive public university and a small private university with a transdisciplinary emphasis. Learn more about both universities.
Students selected for the program must meet high academic standards and demonstrate a strong probability of success in doctoral studies and in their subsequent careers. Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to both San Diego State University (SDSU) and Claremont Graduate University (CGU). In addition, strong consideration is given to the match between the applicant’s interests and the resources of the cooperating institutions. A critical consideration is the improvement of education for culturally diverse communities. Practical experience in the field of education is also considered in admission decisions.
Degree Learning Outcomes
The award of the Doctor of Philosophy degree in education through this program will be made on the basis of the candidate’s demonstrated capacities to work effectively with diverse communities by:
- understanding diversity and its implications for education;
- critically analyzing and developing educational policy;
- engaging in systemic organizational change that improves performance and quality of life for all;
- applying theory and research-based knowledge in transforming communities;
- using effective educational practices, including tools available through technology, to transform organizations; and
- contributing to the knowledge base in education.
Students in the program may choose from the following emphases in their program of study:
- K12 Education and Equity
- Higher Education/
View a list to example courses offered by our program.
Program Milestones/Curriculum Map
- Proseminar at CGU is required during your first or second fall semester.
- Transfer your Master's Degree credits to CGU during your first year.
- During the second year, or during your first 16-24 units, you will file a Program Outline with the Coordinators at both universities.
- Your coursework must include successful completion of a Research Tool (course) at each University.
- Complete your Written Qualifying Examination after 46 cumulative units of coursework.
- Doctoral Units must be transferred from SDSU to CGU and 62 units must be completed before you can enroll in Capstone at CGU.
- Once you complete Capstone you begin writing your Proposal Defense, and preparing for your Oral Qualifying Examination.
- After successfully defending your Proposal you apply for IRB (SDSU or CGU-this is determined by the Program Director). When IRB approved (not before) you can begin collecting data, and writing your Doctoral Dissertation.
- The above degree learning outcomes articulated above are assessed at each of these milestones.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Ph.D. is awarded on the basis of the candi-
date’s achievement in the following areas:
- Understanding of diversity and its implications for educators
- Analysis and development of educational policy
- Expertise in systemic organizational change
- Application of theory and research-based
knowledge to the transformation of communities
- Use of effective educational practices including tools available through technology
- Contribution to the knowledge base in education
Students demonstrate these capabilities through coursework, 2 research tools, 3 qualifying exams, and completion of a dissertation under the supervision of a committee composed of faculty from both universities.
Students complete a minimum of 24 units at San Diego State University and 24 units at Claremont Graduate University. In consultation with faculty advisors from Claremont and San Diego State, students develop an individualized program of study appropriate to their particular interests and designed to support their attainment of the expectations intended by the program.