Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice 

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Submit an unofficial final degree bearing transcript for both your Bachelor's degree and Master's degree

Please note:  If admitted by the Department, you will be required to submit official final transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to Cal State East Bay's Office of Graduate Admission.  This includes all institutions before and after your bachelor's degree.  Do not send any transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admission unless instructed to do so.

Writing Assessment

Please upload a double-spaced written response to the following questions to help us understand your thinking about improving PK-16 education. Be specific. Cite examples from your own work where appropriate. Your paper should be between 5 and 10 pages. Please do not exceed 10 pages.


Longitudinal national data continues to provide evidence that public PK-16 schools graduate large numbers of students who are not adequately prepared (e.g., for continued education, the world of work, and/or democratic citizenry).


       What do you see as the root causes of this problem?

       What can or should leaders in public PK-16 education do to alter the status of U.S. schools so that currently underachieving students are successful academically and in other areas of their development?

       In what ways do you see your pursuit of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership as an avenue for you to contribute to needed changes, including your interests in possible dissertation research topics and your role as a leader?


Evaluation Criteria


       Representation of the issue

       Discussion of causes

       Identification of needed changes

       Links between leadership, school improvement, doctoral work and professional goals

       References to equity

       Quality of arguments


Your resume/CV should document your leadership skills and abilities in education or a closely related field as well as your professional commitment to equity and social justice.  


Recommendation Forms (3)

Please ask three supervisors/managers/professional colleagues who are familiar with your work to complete and submit a recommendation form on your behalf.  Please provide your recommenders with this form

Your recommenders should email the completed form to by the application deadline.


Employer Support Agreement 

If you work for a school district or the California State University system, please send your supervisor this form

Your supervisor should email the completed form directly to by the application deadline.