Mission and Guiding Principles

The Inland Empire region faces considerable social, political, and economic challenges. These contextual challenges have a direct impact on the quality of education across the PK-20 educational pipeline. Low-income children, students of color, English learners, students with disabilities and many others face resource deficiencies and inequitable opportunities to learn, resulting in opportunity gaps. Institutional leaders must respond effectively to these disparities by engaging parents and communities to establish deliberate, co-equal partnerships that result in educational excellence for the 21st century.

Mission

The mission of the CSU, San Bernardino Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership is to develop scholar-practitioner-leaders who respond to 21st century challenges by promoting practices, policies, and programs committed to equity, social justice, and transformation.

Commitments

We believe 21st century leaders must develop cultures of excellence in their respective institutions and communities where educators and community stakeholders support, inspire, and effectively communicate with one another; establish and maintain a culture of high expectations; celebrate and cherish human relationships; and communicate these values clearly and respectfully with all communities and stakeholders. Our leaders must also become visionary agents of change who can solve pressing problems, are committed to lifelong learning, are innovative, and are technologically savvy. Finally, our leaders must demonstrate integrity, practice self-reflection, and strive towards in-depth knowledge of local cultures and communities.

Through the coursework and design of the program, we will focus on the following five program learning objectives which are aligned to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) guiding principles for program design and, within those program learning objectives, we have identified 8 specific program committments.

Program Learning Outcome 1. Knowledge Base in PK-20 Education and Educational Leadership

CPED Principle: Is grounded in and develops a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge, that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.

  • Commitment to Leadership Development: Equipping well-prepared educational leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to lead and guide communities in positive change in California's PK-12 and college/university systems

Program Learning Outcome 2. Equity Driven Education Leaders Committed to Social Justice

CPED Principle: Is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice.

CPED Principle: Provides opportunities for candidates to develop and demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and to build partnerships.

  • Commitment to Inclusivity: Inclusivity of people, perspectives, and purpose when working with students, families, and communities to shape goals and outcomes;
  • Commitment to Student Success: Relentless promotion of and creation of environments that promote student success readiness at all levels of education;
  • Commitment to Excellence: Commitment to learning from models of excellence and transforming institutions, when necessary, to demand excellence, opportunity, and equitable outcomes;

Program Learning Outcome 3. Application of theory into practice

CPED Principle: Prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

CPED Principle: Provides opportunities for candidates to develop and demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and to build partnerships.

CPED Principle: Provides field-based opportunities to analyze problems of practice and use multiple frames to develop meaningful solutions.

CPED Principle: Emphasizes the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice.

  • Commitment to Praxis: Building research collaboratives around "Community Problems of Practice" that focus on relevant challenges in the field to improve student achievement, opportunity and community well-being;
  • Commitment to Bridging the Pipeline: Preparing a pipeline of PK-12 educators/leaders and community college/university leaders with continuous support for career and personal growth;
  • Commitment to Community Engagement & Development: Including outstanding community/educational leaders in instructional roles, mentoring roles, and in curricular development as well as programmatic dialogue and decision-making; Vision of stakeholders as partners for educational progress including students, parents, educators, leadership, business partners, non-profits, and others

Program Learning Outcome 4. Scholar-Leaders

CPED Principle: Emphasizes the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice.

CPED Principle: Is grounded in and develops a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge, that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.

  • Commitment to Interdisciplinarity: Engaging faculty and community stakeholders with varied disciplinary perspectives in coursework examining research, theory, and significant challenges

Program Learning Outcome 5. Professional Educational Leader Skillsets

CPED Principle: Emphasizes the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice.

CPED Principle: Is grounded in and develops a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge, that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.

  • Commitment to Interdisciplinarity: Engaging faculty and community stakeholders with varied disciplinary perspectives in coursework examining research, theory, and significant challenges
  • Commitment to Leadership Development: Equipping well-prepared educational leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to lead and guide communities in positive change in California's PK-12 and college/university systems