Benefits and Career Paths

Program Benefits


Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate
USC Rossier’s EDL program is an active member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a national effort by 55 institutions to reform and strengthen the education doctorate.


Career Paths

Sample Career Options

Educational Psychology

Leadership positions in K-12, higher education, and business, military, and government organizations where the focus is the improvement of learning and motivation, especially with diverse learners in urban settings, which may include:

  • Instructional design/technology specialist
  • Human performance personnel
  • School/community counselors and social workers
  • School psychologists
  • Specialists in formal educational settings
  • Higher education faculty in educational psychology and teacher education

Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies (TEMS)

  • University faculty member in teacher education
  • University-school liaison
  • Professional development specialist for K-12 schools and other settings (museums, district offices, subject matter projects)
  • Curriculum developer in K-12 settings
  • School site instructional expert, curriculum-related administrator and/or department chair

Higher Education Administration

  • Senior administration and/or leadership positions at two- and four-year colleges (Vice President/Dean of Student Affairs)
  • Senior academic executive positions in two-year colleges (President or Academic Vice President of Community College)
  • Leadership position in education-related professional development organizations or counseling centers and agencies
  • Education-related non-profit organizations
  • Key leadership positions in higher education policy-related organizations


Current positions of some of our graduates include:

  • Soncia Reagins-Lilly ’99, Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, University of Texas, Austin
  • Brandon Martin ’02, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, California State University, Northridge
  • Jim Adams ’02, President, Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA
  • Mirasol Espanola ’04, Executive Director, Undergraduate Advising & Programs, School of Business, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Mary Oling- Sisay ’05, Vice President for Student Services, Alliant International University
  • Kaneesha Miller ’06, Vice President, Student Services, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Kevin Colaner ’06, Associate Vice President for Student Services, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
  • Laurie Cox ’06, Assistant Dean and Director, International Student Services, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Merrill Irving, Jr. ’07, Associate Vice President of Continuing Education, Training & Workforce Development, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL
  • Rameen Talesh ’07, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of California, Irvine
  • Oscar Cobian ’08, Vice President of Student Development, Oxnard College
  • Dyrell Foster ’08, Dean of Student Affairs, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA
  • Arvid Spor ’08, Vice President of Student Services, Citrus College, Glendora, CA
  • Robert Mena ’08, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Carlos Cervantes ’08, Associate Dean of Retention and Academic Advising, University of La Verne
  • Albert Vasquez ’09, Dean, Campus Security, Student Health, and Safety, Chief of Police Santa Monica College

K-12 Leadership in Urban School Settings

  • Pre-K-12 administration (site or district levels)
  • Superintendent
  • Deputy/Assistant Superintendent
  • District Director/Coordinator
  • Site Principal
  • Other administrative positions
  • Education-related non-profit organizations and foundations
  • K-12 policy-related organizations
  • K-12 related social services agencies
  • Higher Education: teaching and/or administrative position in K-12 Administrative or Teacher Education


Current positions of some of our graduates include:

  • Gregory Franklin ’97, Superintendent, Tustin Unified School District
  • Gabriela Mafi ’02, Superintendent, Garden Grove Unified School District
  • Richard Sheehan ’02, Superintendent, Glendale Unified School District
  • Kevin Baxter ’04, Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Lois Nash ’05, Superintendent, Ukiah Unified School District (Retired)
  • Anthony Knight ’06, Superintendent, Oak Park Unified School District
  • Roger Rice ’07, Deputy Superintendent, Student Programs & Services, Ventura County Office of Education
  • Amy Avina ’08, Principal, Troy High School, Fullerton, CA
  • David Cash ’08, Superintendent, Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Hasmik Danielian ’09, Superintendent, Brawley Union High School District, Brawley, CA
  • Elizabeth Blanco ’09, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Services, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Lars Nygren ’09, Principal, Nick G. Parras Middle School, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Jacqueline Mora ’10, Principal, Sanchez College Preparatory School, San Francisco, CA
  • Michelle King ’17, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA