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How can we develop schools that are more responsive to diverse communities? The CGU/SDSU joint PhD program in Education prepares you to contribute to the knowledge base that supports creation of educational programs and systems that are democratic and effective.

The mission of the Joint PhD program in Education offered by San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University is to develop scholars committed to research on democratic schooling, social justice, and equal educational outcomes for all students, as well as the improvement of educational systems serving diverse communities. The PhD is awarded on the basis of the candidate’s achievement in these areas:

The student demonstrates these capabilities through coursework, qualifying exams, and completion of a dissertation under the supervision of a committee composed of faculty from both universities. Students complete a minimum of 24 units at San Diego State University and 24 units at Claremont Graduate University.

The program has been in existence since 1978, established under the leadership of Tomas Arciniega and Peggy Hawley at SDSU and Paul Albrecht, then dean of faculty at CGU. Since 1981, more than 190 education professionals have earned PhDs through the program, which offers the benefits of a large, comprehensive public university and a small private university within a transdisciplinary learning environment. Graduates are currently employed as school principals, superintendents and program directors, college and university faculty and administrators, educational specialists in private and public agencies, and consultants to schools and businesses.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

72 units

4–7 years (depending on full- or part-time status)

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Claremont, CA | San Diego, CA


SDSU College of Education

PhD in Education

Featured Courses

EDUC 657
Access & Equity in Higher Education

Introduces the research, theoretical, and practical issues surrounding access to college and equity in higher education institutions as they relate to racial/ethnic minority groups and socioeconomic status.

EDUC 413
Foundations of Educational Policy

Examines the challenges facing public education in the United States and the policy-driven reforms that are re-configuring the nation’s elementary and secondary schools.

EDUC 459
Historical Foundations in Higher Education

Explores major trends in American higher education from colonial times to the present in political, social, and economic contexts within which American higher education has evolved.

ED 820
Advanced Educational Statistics (SDSU)

Covers theory and practice of statistical inference for research in education, including probability and sampling theory, data collection and organization, computer applications in educational research, and more.

ED 804
English Learner Education (SDSU)

Analyzes existing models of English learner education designed to meet diverse linguistic and cultural needs of students in current sociopolitical contexts.

ED 806
Ethnically Diverse Learners (SDSU)

Explores national, state, and school policy directed at providing the minority learner with equal educational opportunity.

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