Another exemplary cohort of LMU doctoral candidates celebrated commencement on May 12. These 20 professionals, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people, came to LMU’s School of Education from a variety of backgrounds: one is an instructional area superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District, another is the Los Angeles regional director of a statewide reading and literature project, and others are leaders in public, Catholic and charter schools, and in higher education. What brought them together was their commitment to making PreK-12 schools and institutions of higher education more equitable and accessible for all students.
“These graduates are well prepared to be the next generation of educational leaders for Los Angeles and beyond,” said Shane P. Martin, dean and professor of the School of Education. “Their scholarship integrates theory and practice in a way that will have direct impact on the schools and communities that they serve.”
LMU’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice program is designed for superintendents, principals, policymakers, leaders of nonprofit organizations, community leaders and other education professionals. Candidates in the program begin their dissertation research in the first course and are encouraged to focus their studies on real-world issues facing schools and society. LMU has conferred 69 doctorates since 2007; 71 candidates are working toward their degrees.