CODEL Program Philosophy

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. 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 is jointly offered, graduating students will receive a diploma with official seals from both Fresno State and CSU Channel Islands.

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