Academics

The LMU Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice is a three-year program in which students complete courses in leadership for social justice, research methodologies, specialized courses in their focus areas and dissertation seminars. Candidates take 66 units: a minimum of 46 units are taken at LMU, and up to 20 units of previous graduate-level work from an accredited university can be transferred in.

With Social justice at the core of every course, students are challenged to consider how economic, political, legal and sociocultural systems contribute to inequities in education.

After completing a thorough orientation, candidates take the following courses (numbers in parentheses indicate units):

Year 1

  • EDLA 7001 - Leadership for Social Justice in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7002 - Moral and Ethical Leadership (3)
  • EDLA 7020 - Situated Inquiry in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7021 - Quantitative Research in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7022 - Qualitative Research in Education (3) 
  • EDLA 7045 - Transformational Leadership for Student Achievement (3)

Year 2

  • EDLA 7004 - Organizational Theory and Change (3) 
  • EDLA 7040 - Contextualizing Leadership in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7042 - Management of Fiscal/Human Capital (3)
  • EDLA 7043 - Legal and Policy Issues in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7049 - Research Seminar (2)
  • EDLA 7940 - Preliminary Review (1)
  • EDLA 7950 - Dissertation Proposal Design (2)

Year 3

  • EDLA 7005 - Educational Change and Innovation (3)
  • EDLA 7023 - Doctoral Colloquia (2)
  • EDLA 7951 - Dissertation Seminar 1 (2)
  • EDLA 7952 - Dissertation Seminar 2 (2)
  • EDLA 7953 - Doctoral Seminar 1 (2)

Throughout the three-year program, students also complete the following program benchmarks in collaboration with the program directors, doctoral faculty and their dissertation chair and committee members:

  • Preliminary Review (Benchmark #1)
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense (Chapters 1-3), Advancement to Candidacy and LMU Institutional Review Board (Benchmark #2)
  • Final Dissertation Defense (Benchmark #3)

Our unique program supports candidates in completing all unit and dissertation requirements in three years. To read full course descriptions, click here.

Students are admitted in the Summer term only. The deadline to submit your application online for the 2018 cohort is January 25, 2018.

To learn more about the program and request information, click here. If you have additional questions, please contact the Doctoral Center at 310.338.7449 or doctoral@lmu.edu.