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Welcome to the Department
of Educational Leadership

The Mission of the Educational Leadership Department is to prepare future school leaders who desire to make a powerful difference in the lives of students. The EDL Department is committed to developing the skills and dispositions of future leaders who want to:

  • Learn how to respond to emerging challenges and opportunities facing schools,
  • Lead and nurture the capacity of others toward a vision of excellence for all demographic groups of students, and
  • Transform schools into dynamic learning communities that focus on results.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers:

  • A Masters/Credential program leading to the California Preliminary Administrative Services credential.
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a Focus on Technology online program.
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership for Teacher Leaders in the PR of China.
  • A Doctoral (Ed.D.) program in Educational Leadership with a concentration in PK-12 Leadership.

These programs prepare leaders for the complex challenges facing schools and organizations, accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and provide the opportunity to learn within a collaborative learning environment


Doug Fisher, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Educational Leadership
San Diego State University

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Prospective Students

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