About us

We see leadership preparation as learning to make connections, leverage resources, and to create solutions with other leaders in public education.


There is a demonstrable need for Ed.D. programs for the state, and for the region.  More than 8 in 10 California superintendents will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. In Santa Clara County alone, nearly 1,000 administrators serve 398 schools.

Arnold Danzig Ed.D. Program Director


We want wise and creative leaders who know they don't have all the answers, who can reflect and self-correct.

- Arnold Danzig, Ph.D., Ed.D. Program Director



About SJSU's Ed.D. program 

Who are our students?

Anticipated students are mid-career professionals. This includes principals, assistant-superintendents, superintendents, directors, teacher leaders, non-profits and educational foundations, among other professions.

What is the duration of the program?

The Ed.D. program is a 3-year (nine semester) doctoral program beginning in the summer semester. It is a cohort model with 15 students that meets as follows:

  • 1st year summer intensive ― 3 classes meet 5 weeks (2-3 days/week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday OR Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) on campus
  • Fall and spring classes ― 1 evening per week (blended hybrid) and 2-4 weekends (Saturday, all day) per semester (2 classes)
  • Second summer of program is the global experience ― 15 days out-of-country and combination of weekday, evening, or Saturday classes before global experience

Do students have faculty advisors?

Yes, doctoral advisors are assigned during the fall semester of year one of the program.

What is the program cost?

Anticipated costs for the 2018-19 academic year total $20,838/year plus a one-time $3,000 international travel fee.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, students may apply for scholarships, grants, and loans based on eligibility.