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.


Announcing the Spring/Summer 2020 Newsletter! 

View the latest newsletter from the Ed.D. Leadership Program, including details on our graduating students' dissertations and recent achievements by faculty, students, and alumni.


Upcoming Dissertation Defense

Presenter: Sonia Vargas

Date: June 17, 2020 at 11:00am

Dissertation Title: Exploring The Deleterious Connection Between Traditional School Discipline Practices And Male Latino Students Who Have Endured Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Exploratory Study In North California

Description: This exploratory study utilizes a video documentary film design to examine the damaging connection between traditional school discipline practices and male Latino students who have endured adverse childhood experiences in northern California.

Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Senorina Mendoza Reis, Dr. Victoria Tarumoto-Wallace

Dissertation defenses are open to the public and are currently being held via   Zoom. If you would like to attend the defense, please email your request to                                    


EdD Alumni and Faculty Publish Documentary

Lurie College EdD Leadership Program Alumni, Dr. Radha Aravamudhan, and Lurie College Lecturer, Dr. Bob Gliner, recently produced a documentary film that describes experiences of South Asian students and parents in public schools. The documentary project was funded by the Lurie College Research and Teaching Collaborative Grant and was designed with valuable inputs from Dr. Rebeca Burciaga, Dr. Arnold Danzig and Dr. Saili Kulkarni.

The film shares perspectives from students, parents and teachers and hopes to raise awareness about the successes, struggles and resources needed to meet the needs of South Asian students. The students and families interviewed for the documentary are from a public school district in the south bay area.