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Chapter 1. California State University Subchapter 2. Educational Program Article 7. Graduate Degrees The Doctor Of Education Degree.   

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(a) A California State University program leading to a Doctor of Education degree shall be distinguished from a University of California doctoral degree program by its conformity with the following criteria:

(1) the program shall prepare administrative leaders for possible service in one of the following settings:

(A) public elementary and secondary schools, or

(B) community colleges;

(2) the program shall focus on the knowledge and skills needed by administrators to be effective leaders in California public schools and community colleges;

(3) the program shall be offered through partnerships in which California public elementary and secondary schools and community colleges, as appropriate, shall participate substantively in program design, candidate recruitment and admissions, teaching, dissertation development, and program assessment and evaluation; and

(4) the program shall enable professionals to earn the degree while working full time.

(b) Each campus offering a program leading to a Doctor of Education degree shall establish requirements for admission to the program. The requirements for admission shall include, at a minimum, the requirements stated in Section 41020.

(c) The program leading to the Doctor of Education degree shall conform to the following specifications:

(1) The curriculum shall be organized as a cohort-based program and shall include learning experiences that balance research, theory, and practice, including field experiences. The core curriculum shall provide professional preparation for leadership, including but not limited to theory and research methods, the structure and culture of education, and leadership in curriculum and instruction, equity, and assessment.

(2) The pattern of study shall be composed of at least 60 semester units earned in graduate standing. At least 48 semester units required for the degree shall be in courses organized primarily for doctoral students, and the remaining units required for the degree shall be in courses organized primarily for doctoral students or courses organized primarily for master's and doctoral students.

(3) At least 42 semester units shall be completed in residence at the campus or campuses awarding the degree. The appropriate campus authority may authorize the substitution of credit earned by alternate means for part of this residence requirement. The campus may establish a transfer policy allowing application to degree requirements of relevant coursework and credits completed as a matriculated student in another graduate program, on the condition that the other program is appropriately accredited.

(4) A qualifying examination shall be required.

(5) The pattern of study shall include completion of a dissertation.

(A) The dissertation shall be the written product of systematic, rigorous research on a significant professional issue. The dissertation is expected to contribute to an improvement in professional practices or policy. It shall evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale.

(B) The dissertation shall identify the research problem and question(s), state the major theoretical perspectives, explain the significance of the undertaking, relate it to the relevant scholarly and professional literature, set forth the appropriate sources for and methods of gathering and analyzing the data, and offer a conclusion or recommendation. It shall include a written abstract that summarizes the significance of the work, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation.

(C) No more than 12 semester units shall be allowed for a dissertation.

(D) An oral defense of the dissertation shall be required.

(d) Each campus shall create and distribute to all students enrolled in a Doctor of Education degree program a student manual or handbook detailing, at a minimum, the following:

(1) requirements for admission with classified standing;

(2) policies on the transfer of credit earned at other institutions;

(3) policies on professional ethics and academic integrity;

(4) policies on student fees;

(5) provisions for advising and mentoring;

(6) policies and procedures for petitioning for a variance in academic requirements;

(7) policies and procedures for obtaining a leave of absence or for withdrawing from the university;

(8) policies and procedures regarding student grievances;

(9) policies on harassment and discrimination;

(10) policies and procedures for establishing and amending a plan of study;

(11) requirements for satisfactory progress in the program;

(12) policies on academic probation;

(13) requirements for field experience embedded in the program;

(14) requirements for advancement to candidacy;

(15) policies and procedures for the formation of a committee for administering a qualifying examination (if the qualifying examination is unique to the individual student);

(16) dissertation requirements;

(17) policies and procedures for the formation of a committee for supervising a dissertation;

(18) forms to be completed by students in the course of the degree program;

(19) the names and areas of expertise of faculty members affiliated with the degree program.

Authority cited:

Education Code 66600

Education Code 66040.3

Education Code 89030

89035, Education Code

Reference:

Education Code 66040.3

Education Code 66600

Education Code 89030

(Added by Register 2006, No. 37.)