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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

How will a USC Rossier Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EDL) degree benefit your career? Learn more about how our program will prepare you for employment and see how some USC Rossier alumni are using their degrees.

Employment Preparation

The EDL program prepares you for a variety of educational leadership careers. In addition to being a renowned program from a prominent university, EDL empowers you with competitive skills through its blend of critical theory and real-world experience.

As an EDL graduate, you boost your eligibility for leadership positions across multiple industries. Check out these statistics from a survey with our alumni over the past 10 years about how USC Rossier prepared them for employment:


of EDL alumni said their USC Rossier education prepared them to be more effective in their career


of EDL alumni said their studies at USC Rossier prepared them well for future employment


of EDL alumni said their studies at USC Rossier prepared them to understand research


Less than 10% of EDL alumni took more than six months to find a job after graduating from USC Rossier

Career Services

USC Rossier’s Career Services website provides robust tools to help you prepare for employment.

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Alumni Network

USC Rossier EDL graduates belong to a distinguished network of more than 3,000 program alumni, 80+ sitting superintendents and numerous senior-level K-12 and university administrators, instructional experts and entrepreneurial educators.

Additionally, as a USC graduate, you join the Trojan Family and gain access to a variety of valuable benefits. Whether it’s assisting your search for a job, connecting you with other alumni, or providing special offers, the USC alumni network supports you long after you graduate.

Educational Leadership Careers

Explore some of the current positions held by alumni in each EDL concentration. Click on a name to view the alumni’s LinkedIn profile.

Educational Psychology Career Paths:

The Educational Psychology concentration prepares you for your employment in areas such as instructional design, human performance personnel, school/community counseling and more.

Current positions of some of our graduates include:

Higher Education Administration Career Paths:

The Higher Education Administration concentration prepares you for employment in senior administration in two- and four-year colleges, academic executive positions, key leadership roles in education-related organizations, and more.

Current positions of some of our graduates include:

  • Rosalind Conerly, EdD ‘17, Associate Dean of Students & Director, Stanford University
  • Mirasol Espanola ’04, Executive Director, Undergraduate Advising & Programs, School of Business, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Brandon Martin ’02, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, California State University, Northridge
  • Soncia Reagins-Lilly ’99, Vice President forStudent Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Texas, Austin

K-12 Leadership in Urban School Settings Career Paths:

The K-12 Leadership in Urban School Settings concentration prepares you for employment as a superintendent, pre-K – 12 administrative roles including site principal, K-12 policy positions, and more.

Current positions of some of our graduates include:

  • Lucy Salazar, EdD ‘18, Director of Community Partnerships, Long Beach Unified School District
  • Kevin Baxter ’04, Chief Innovation Officer, National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
  • Gabriela Mafi ’02, Superintendent, Garden Grove Unified School District
  • Richard Sheehan ’02, Superintendent, Covina-ValleyUnified School District
  • Gregory Franklin ’97, Superintendent, Tustin Unified School District

Leading Instructional Change Career Paths:

The Leading Instructional Change program prepares you for positions such as university faculty member, professional development specialist, curriculum developer/administrator and more.

Current positions of some of our graduates include:

  • Jennifer Edic Bryant EdD ’16, Director, Metrics & LCAP, Azusa Unified School District
  • David Dunstan EdD’14, Director, Student Support & Intervention, Antelope Valley Union High School District
  • Xiamora Mateo-Gaxiola EdD ’14, Senior Director of Teaching & Learning, Los Angeles Education Partnership

EDL Alumni Related Links

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