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, videoconference, 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 for Educational Leadership in the CSU system to be offered online.