California Coast University

925 N. Spurgeon Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Program Details

The Doctor of Education degree program is designed for students already holding a valid Masters degree in the area of education, or an approved concentration. The high level education may be earned through a distance learning format, allowing practicing teachers and other busy educators the opportunity to maintain current positions while attending a flexible class schedule.

The Ed.D. program is designed to meet specific criteria for graduate students to prepare for leadership positions in the dynamic and multi-faceted field of education. Many learning institutions are in need of well educated and experienced professionals to take on lead administrative roles. Graduates may also obtain the Ed.D. designation to best fit with professional, personals and academic goals in current and future endeavors.

Students must complete the required 62 semester units comprised of: Qualifying Courses, Core Courses, Specialization Courses, A Comprehensive Examination and a Proposal, Dissertation and Oral Defense. The courses will build on previous degrees and experiences while also introducing topics of interest such as the philosophical foundations of education, theories of learning, and the history of the educational system. The concentration in Educational Administration has the possible outcome of preparing individuals for leadership positions such as principals, assistant principals, school office managers, and several other career options.

Students have unlimited access to online library services and resources to facilitate the students education as well as work with individual time frames. The sought after degree designation may be used to obtain principalship positions or a variety of other careers focusing on the betterment of education and the fostering of lifelong learning.

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    An applicant must have earned a Master's Degree in Education or a Master’s Degree in another field may be accepted if the Admissions Committee evaluation indicates the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

    The applicant must then complete the following 5 prerequisite courses: EDU 510 Models of Teaching, EDU 532 School and Community Relations, EDU 545 Leadership and Technology, EDU 546 Public Policy and EDU 547 Legal Aspects of Education.

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

    Council for Higher Education Associate and the Accrediting Commision of the Distance Education and Training Council.

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