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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Educational Leadership: Concentration in PK-12 School Leadership (Ed.D.)

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. GRE exam & request official transcript(s): Take the GRE exam and request official transcript(s) to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU.  We have access to this information.

    Electronic Transcript Formats

    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

  3. Program Application: The link to this application will be available within the Cal State Apply application, but you can also access it with the Program Application button below:

Items Requested in Program Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload.

  1. Credential: Hold a valid California Clear credential.

  2. Statement of Leadership Philosophy: Write a Statement of Leadership Philosophy, 1-2 pages, addressing your beliefs and values about leadership, curriculum and instruction, students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders.

  3. Resume/CV: Prepare a resume or curriculum Vitae to your application, which will include your education and employment history as well as any academic honors, awards, scholarships, and publications.

  4. Letters of Recommendation: Contact two individuals who you have interacted with both academically and/or professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you.  Recommenders will submit their recommendations directly into the Online Program application.

  5. Statement of Nomination Or Support From Your Employer: Nomination/statement of support for the candidate's doctoral studies from employer or, in cases where this is not provided, an indication of the candidate's plan for meeting the demands of the program and professional responsibilities.

  6. Example of Professional and/or Academic Writing


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact Rachael Stewart at or visit the Ed.D. PK-12 Program Homepage.

Important Dates for Fall 2018 Admissions

University Final Deadline:  

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply applicationMarch 1, 2018
Program application 
April 1, 2018
Transcripts dueApril 1, 2018
Please submit your Cal State Apply application prior to sending in official transcripts

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