The program requires the following for admission:
A baccalaureate degree and master’s degree from accredited institutions of higher education with a cumulative grade point average in graduate study of 3.0 or above.
Demonstrated competence in writing as determined by the Ed.D. Program and Graduate Studies at SF State. Applicants must score a 4.0 or above on the analytical writing portion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); conditional admission may be offered to applicants with lower GRE writing scores.
Non-native speakers of English must score 590 on the written test, 243 on computer-based or internet-based test, 96 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS.
Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the three sections of the General Test. GRE scores from the previous five (5) years are valid for this purpose.
Demonstrated educational leadership potential and skills, including successful experience in school, postsecondary, community, and/or policy leadership.
Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, technology proficiency, and interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements in current educational policies and practices.
Professional resume, including whether the applicant has proficiency in a second language (although a second language is not required).
Three letters of recommendation attesting to the leadership and scholarship potential of the candidate.
A written personal statement reflecting an understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges/institutions of higher education in California.
Submission of a statement of time commitment to complete the Ed.D. Program within three years.
A statement of support for the candidate’s doctoral studies from his/her employer or, in cases where this is not provided, an indication of the candidate’s plan for meeting the demands of the program and his/her professional responsibilities.
A personal interview with the admissions committee.
Students planning to earn a Tier II Credential (Professional Clear Administrative Services) by completing coursework in the program must hold a Tier I Credential.
Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for consideration, but does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be granted on a competitive basis. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership does not include a second-language requirement.