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Group photo of Cohort 1 at Summer Residency at CSU Channel Islands

Cohort 1 at Summer Residency

The Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL) program is a joint Ed.D. program offered by California State University, Fresno and California State University Channel Islands. The CODEL program is dedicated to enriching and supporting leaders who are devoting their lives to social justice and democracy in and through education. This program has two options: P-12 Educational Leadership and Post-secondary Educational Leadership (including community college leadership and administration).

Group photo of Cohort 2 at Summer Residency at CSU Channel Islands

Cohort 2 at Summer Residency

CODEL combines what has been learned from the rich tradition of the Fresno State doctoral program, one of the first doctoral programs offered in the CSU system, along with the innovation and entrepreneurial elements of the newest CSU campus, Channel Islands. Together, the two campuses believe they have created a program with the rigor and technological advances necessary to prepare and best serve the leaders we need for the 21st century.

CODEL Program Summary

The CODEL program is dedicated to enriching and supporting leaders who are devoting their lives to social justice and democracy in and through education. The program will initially have two options for specialization: (1) P-12 Educational Leadership and (2) Post-secondary Educational Leadership (including community college leadership and administration).Other possible options for specialization may be added in the future.

The philosophical cornerstone of this program is in its attentiveness to curricular issues of relevance and practice. The program includes curriculum-embedded fieldwork, ensuring that this applied doctorate of professional practice maintains an essential balance between practice and theory. Learning in the CODEL program will be both theoretically based and sharply focused on real life educational issues and problems.

This doctorate in education will prepare leaders to meet the educational challenges of today and the future. New skills developed in the program will enable graduates to:

  • Acquire theoretical, practical, methodological and empirical knowledge
  • Conduct field-based research
  • Serve the needs of an increasingly diverse student population
  • Establish sound educational policy and practice
  • Play a leadership role in educational reform
  • Conduct educational assessments and evaluations
  • Lead innovations in teaching, learning and communicating online

The target population for this program is educators who are leaders or who have potential to be educational leaders in either the P-12 or post-secondary sectors. Because the CODEL program will be jointly offered, graduating students will receive a diploma with official seals from both Fresno State and CSU Channel Islands.

CODEL Program Structure

The CODEL program is a 60-unit degree with 27 units of core courses (27 units = 9 courses), 21 units of specialization courses (21 units = 7 courses), and 12 dissertation units. Fieldwork components are embedded in many of the core and specialization courses. The program has two strands, one in P-12 Educational Leadership and the other in Higher Education Leadership. Students will progress through the program in cohorts, and each cohort will include students from both strands. This model ensures that “educational leadership” is broadly conceived, allowing students in the P-12 strand to develop deep understandings about what they are preparing P-12 students for, and allowing students in the post-secondary strand to develop deep understandings about where their students are coming from. Students from both strands will take 9 core courses together, and then will split off during their specialization phase of 7 courses.

The program can be completed in three years. Students will attend an intensive residency each of at least three summers they are enrolled in the program (in the range of 4-5 days per residency). During residencies, students and faculty will live in dormitory housing on the CI or Fresno State campus and engage together in community-building, orientation, advising and coursework activities.

Most of the core and specialization courses will take place online, making the CODEL program accessible to working professionals. During the academic year, therefore, the CODEL program will be a virtual campus experience of interactive classes, delivered online and incorporating the latest social networking tools. Courses will be offered using the Canvas online platform with enhanced features. The courses will use a balance of synchronous and asynchronous tools available in Canvas, in addition to email, video conference, teleconference, and other technology as appropriate (e.g., Zoom, Google Hangout, GoogleDocs).

While CODEL students may not have entered the program with skills on the cutting edge of technology, they will leave the program prepared to lead innovations in teaching and learning online. At this time, the CODEL program is the only Ed.D. program in the CSU system to be offered online.

Online instruction makes program accessible for working professionals