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San Diego State University

Joint PhD Program in Education

Aaron Iffland

Aaron recently won first place at the CSUSRC, received an IBM certification and was awarded travel grants.

Karen Lafferty

Recently, Karen received the Program Achievement Award.

Rhianna Casesa

Rhianna is a new assistant professor at Sonoma State and presented at AERA.

Dr. Nicole Pyle

Dr. Nicole Pyle will return to SDSU as an assistant professor.

Melissa Navarro and Cassandra Singh

Melissa and Cassandra were chosen for the CDIP.

Tom De La Garza and Aaron Iffland

Tom and Aaron were honored at the SDSU SRS this spring.
    • SDSU Campus
      Learn more about the Joint PhD Program in Education.
    • Love Library
      Read our current newsletter and find out about  PhD program events.
    • Faculty Photo
      Discover the diverse research and teaching expertise of our faculty.
    • CGU Campus
      Learn more about SDSU and CGU.
    • Dissertations in the library
      Examine a list of dissertations completed by our graduates.
    • Professor in classroom
      Take a look at a sampling of courses offered in our program.

    Welcome to the internet home of the Joint Ph.D. Program in Education offered by San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. Here you will find information about the program, its cooperating universities and faculty, students and graduates, and news about upcoming events. Enjoy your visit!


    The mission of the Joint Ph.D. 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. How can we develop schools and colleges that are more responsive to such communities? How can we make sense of the complexity of educational organizations, the communities they serve, and the environments in which they operate? If you are anxious to contribute to the knowledge base that supports creation of educational programs and systems that are more democratic and more effective, the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. Program in Education offers the benefits of a large, comprehensive public university and a small private university with a transdisciplinary emphasis.


    Students in the Ph.D. in Education Program may choose from the following emphasis in their program of study: 


    • Teaching Learning and Culture (TLC)
    • Educational Policy, Evaluation and Reform (PER)
    • Higher Education/Student Affairs (HE)
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