SJSU edd department

This three-year degree is designed to endow, challenge and nurture a diverse group of next-generation educational leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to build a P-16 public education system that provides all students with a high quality education.

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san jose state university It is the most recent demonstration of San José State's century and a half commitment to the development of first-rate public schools.







Current Announcements 

 The Ed.D. Leadership Program office will be closed for the time being due to the shelter-in-place order in effect for Santa Clara County. However, we are still open and available for you! Please do not hesitate to contact us at (408) 924-3772 or Thank you for your patience during this challenging time.


Upcoming Dissertation Defenses


Angela Lyte Crowther | Wednesday, March 18, 10:00am | Join remotely via Zoom:

“Understanding the Barriers, Bridges,and Bases to Inclusion Instruction for Secondary Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities”

The purpose of this multi-method research was to gather and analysis site administrator and teachers’ opinions on the barriers, bridges, and bases needed for the furtherance of inclusion practices and the elimination of the segregated classrooms for students with mild -moderate disabilities.

Committee: Dr. Senorina Reis, Dr. Roxana Marachi, Dr. Demerris Brooks, and Dr. Matthew Love

Laura M. Shroder | Friday, March 27, 12:30pm |Join remotely via Zoom:

“The Role of Socioeconomic Status and Prior Industry Exposure on the Attitudes, Career Goals, and Career Decision Self-Efficacy of Undergraduates Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management”

This quantitative study explored hospitality students’ socioeconomic status, prior industry exposure, and demographics related to attitudes, career goals, and career decision self-efficacy. Varied results have implications for the education of hospitality students and the industry.

Committee: Dr. Paul Cascella, Dr. Robin Love, Dr. Andrew Feinstein, and Dr. Susan Roe

Heidi Emberling | Tuesday, March 31, 1:00pm | Join remotely via Zoom:

“How does alignment between policymakers and the general public affect expansion and improvement of high-quality childcare/preschool in California?”

This mixed methods study examines specific factors that impede or interfere with expansion and improvement of high-quality early care and education programs and services in California, as well as identifies potential solutions, with a specific focus on alignment between policymakers and the general public.

Committee: Dr. Emily Slusser, Dr. Amy Leisenring, Dr. Arnold Danzig

Prabhjot Singh | Tuesday, April 7, 11:00am | Join remotely via Zoom: 

“Examining the Effects of a Peer-Mediated Social Skills Intervention on the Prosocial Behaviors of Elementary Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders”

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a peer-mediated social skills intervention on fourth and fifth grade students, aged 9, 10, and 11 with EBD in a public-school setting. The current study proposes to explicitly teach students the target social skills of sharing, compliment giving, and sportsmanship using modeling, role-play, and discussion with feedback.

Committee: Dr. Lisa Simpson, Dr. Peg Hughes, and Dr. Trudy Gross

Angela Maria Rengifo | Wednesday, April 8, 10:00am | Join remotely via Zoom:

“The impact of the language of instruction on second grade Latinx Emergent Bilinguals' understanding of place value in two Spanish-English bilingual classrooms. An Exploratory Study”

This mixed methods study examines whether and how the language of instruction impacts second grade Latinx Emergent Bilingual students' understanding of place value and their communication patterns around this mathematical concept in two Spanish-English transitional bilingual classrooms. 

Committee: Dr. Cheryl Roddick, Dr. Allison Briceno, Dr. Delnaz Hosseini

Jennifer Gee Huei Wang | Wednesday, April 8, 3:30pm

“Developing Teachers' TPaCK with Design Thinking and Community of Practice”

This study examines whether and how the self-selected K-5 teachers in a suburban elementary school in California demonstrated TPaCK in the integration of instructional technologies when they engage in a community of practice structured around design thinking. 

Committee: Dr. Mark K. Felton, Dr. Lara Ervin-Kassab, Dr. Joe McCreary

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