Dec 09, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership for Social Justice, Ed.D.

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Contact Information

Interim Program Director: William D. Parham

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. Offered in both a face-to-face and fully online format, 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 Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Analyze the economic, political, legal, and sociocultural context of education
  • Engage in inquiry and research to promote inclusive excellence in education and/or society
  • Articulate how theory and research influence the development of personal leadership practice
  • Advocate for the transformation of educational and community settings into just and equitable learning environments

Program Admission Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • GRE test scores
  • Statement of Purpose (two to four pages) following the format described in application guide
  • Earned master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (one copy)
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in undergraduate coursework
  • GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) in master’s coursework
  • Transferability of 20 graduate-level semester units in a related field, which includes verified content in research methods and diversity
  • Current résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum of two years of full-time educational leadership experience in Pk-12 schools, higher education, nonprofit, or community organizations, 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 semester hours; 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.

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)

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

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