Doctoral program hosts info-sessions

By Katherine Valadez |Staff Writer|

The first and only doctorate program at CSUSB will host a series of information sessions in January and February at both the main campus and in Palm Desert.

“CSUSB has been chosen has one of the first state universities in California to offer the Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership,” according to the College of Education’s website.

Information sessions at the main campus will be held on Jan. 25 and Feb. 29 in the atrium of the College of Education building. Sessions held at the Palm Desert Campus will be on Jan. 24 and Feb. 12 in the Oliphant Auditorium.

These sessions are being offered to provide prospective students with information about the doctorate program, application requirements, and the program’s goals and objectives.

“The sessions will give students an overview of and how to apply to the program,” said Catherine Farrington, the program’s administrative support coordinator.

“Students will be getting the nuts and bolts, how many courses are offered and how long the program is,” said Dr. Donna Schnorr, a faculty member and a teacher of this program. “It will let them know what the big picture is and what the qualifications are.”

Dr. Bonnie Piller, director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program, will lead the information meetings. The sessions will be held in a question-and-answer format.

After completing the program, students should be prepared for a “shift in greater leadership responsibility in the field of education,” said Schnorr.

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership prepares students to be effective educational leaders who can bring about school reform and increase student achievement within diverse educational systems, said Schnorr.

Graduates from the program can go on to work in a diversity of educational fields and different levels of education.

“They’re not limited to anything,” said Farrington. “They can do whatever they want. It depends on the individual.”

Students with a doctorate in Educational Leadership can go on to become superintendent of schools as well as work in a university and teach, said Nelson.

“I feel like we have some of the best of the best educational leaders,” said Schnorr. “Our program has attracted really strong educational leaders.”

Many of the students in the program come from culturally diverse backgrounds and a variety of socioeconomic levels,  which has given them a motivation to want to bring about change in schools and close the achievement gap.

The doctorate program teaches students how to do just that. One of the main goals of the program is to provide students with research tools and knowledge with the main intent for transforming school practice and prevent the achievement gap in some way through the use of research, according to Schnorr.

“When you infuse research and knowledge, you make more informed decisions,” said Schnorr.

The doctorate program has been in existence at Cal State San Bernardino for approximately six years.

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