May 24, 2019  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership for Social Justice, Ed.D.

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Contact Information

Program Director: Jill Bickett

Associate Director: Karen Huchting


The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice is an innovative three-year cohort program whose vision is a more socially just future for schools and other educational and community settings. The Ed.D. program provides experienced educators and community leaders with the tools, theories, and experiences needed to succeed in transforming educational settings into inclusive and equitable learning environments. Combining theory with practice, the curriculum provides candidates with a better understanding of the complex issues impacting education and student achievement, and prepares graduates as change agents.

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • GRE test scores
  • A two- to three-page Statement of Purpose following the format described in application guide
  • Earned master’s degree from an accredited institution verified by official transcripts (2 copies)
  • GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) in master’s coursework
  • 20 graduate-level semester units in a related field, which includes verified content in research methods and diversity
  • Current résumé
  • Three recommendation forms (at least one from a current employer and one from a professor in a completed master’s level program)
  • Minimum of 2 years full-time experience in public, Catholic, or private schools or other education setting
  • Select applicants will be invited to participate in a group interview with the Doctoral Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants who have taken doctoral level coursework at another accredited university may request a transcript audit and admission to an individualized course of study leading to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. Candidates must meet the admission requirements. If accepted, candidates must complete the required tutorials, research seminars, and culminating experience.

Degree Requirements

Students must pass all required coursework (46 units; 20 units are transferred from Masters coursework for a total of 66 units), pass all program benchmarks, complete pre-publication review, and publish on ProQuest.

Additional Requirements

  • Benchmark #1: Preliminary Review
  • Benchmark #2: Dissertation Proposal Defense, Institutional Review Board Approval (as needed), and Advancement to Candidacy
  • Benchmark #3: Dissertation Defense

Candidates select one of the following content specific courses:


Candidates complete at least 8 semester hours of dissertation coursework, including:


*EDLA 7954  is only required if a candidate does not successfully defend his/her dissertation by the end of Spring semester of his/her third year. Candidates must register for EDLA 7954  each semester (except Summer Session II) until the dissertation is signed off by the chair.

Total: 46 semester hours (20 units transferred from Masters coursework for a total of 66 units)

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