School of Leadership and Education Sciences
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers graduate programs in three departments: Leadership Studies, Learning and Teaching, and Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy. Our degree and credential programs prepare professionals to lead and serve in many different sectors of society as administrators, executives, therapists, professors, counselors, teachers, and educators. Our programs have met the high standards established by the following accrediting bodies: Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, Commission for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Council for Exceptional Children, and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
At the graduate level, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MA), Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership (MA), Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MA), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts in Counseling (MA), Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (MA), Doctorate in Leadership Studies (PhD), and a Doctorate in Education for Social Justice (PhD). Please refer to subsequent pages for more information regarding these programs.
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences also offers credentials for teachers, counselors, administrators, and education specialists. Please contact the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Credential Analyst for more information. Additionally, graduate students may seek certificates in Arts and Culture Leadership, International School Counseling, Leadership Coaching, Nonprofit Management, and TESOL.
In addition, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers undergraduate coursework in three departments: Leadership Studies, Learning and Teaching and Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy. Our certificates, credentials, courses and minor fields lay a foundation for leadership roles in teaching, counseling, marital and family therapy and administration in school settings; as well as leaders in the public, nonprofit and military sectors. Please refer to the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for more information regarding these programs.
SOLES shapes the future by educating and empowering professionals to enact social justice, enhance human dignity, and improve the quality of life of diverse individuals, families, and communities.
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego believes in academic excellence, innovation, and a strong commitment to equity and inclusion. We educate, engage, model, mentor, and challenge the campus community to promote social justice and ignite meaningful change in our diverse society.
Internationalization Experience Requirement
School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) students are required to complete an international experience to graduate. SOLES recognizes that students are living in a global society and they need to understand how other countries and cultures approach the issues and concepts in their program areas. The internationalization experience will strengthen students in their current lives and future careers. Each program has identified specific ways in which its students can meet the internationalization requirement, including participation in a global study course offered through the SOLES Global Center. Students should check with their respective program/department for more information on options for satisfying the SOLES International Experience Requirement. Please note: Beginning in Summer 2011, courses with an “I” designation following the course number are courses that satisfy this requirement.
Centers and Institutes
- Catholic Institute for Mental Health Ministry
- Center for Restorative Justice
- Character Education Resource Center
- Global Center
- Hansen Summer Institute
- Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education
- Manchester Family Child Development Center (MFCDC)
- Nonprofit Institute (NPI)
Academic Degree Programs, Credentials and Certificates
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers two doctoral degrees. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership Studies is housed in the Department of Leadership Studies and the Doctor of Philosophy in Education for Social Justice is housed in the Department of Learning and Teaching. The 57-unit PhD in Leadership Studies requires the successful completion of a dissertation and allows students to develop their chosen career goals. The 48-unit PhD in Education for Social Justice is available in two pathways, a fully online professional pathway, and an academic hybrid pathway. Candidates for the PhD in Education for Social Justice are expected to complete a dissertation.
The master’s programs in SOLES prepare qualified professional personnel in education and related areas through a sequence of graduate work that includes field and laboratory experiences as well as coursework. The School of Leadership and Education Sciences grants two master’s degrees: the Master of Arts (MA) and the Master of Education (MEd). Each program requires a specified minimum number of graduate credits and most require the successful completion of an action research project, a comprehensive examination, a culminating curriculum project, thesis, or a portfolio. There is no foreign language requirement.
USD’s credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students should see their advisors for specific requirements regarding each credential. It is possible to combine credential programs with a degree program. Students should check with their respective program/department for more information. All PK-12 education programs in SOLES are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
SOLES offers a variety of certificate programs designed to enhance students’ professional learning. Please see your academic advisor or program director for details about certificates currently being offered.
Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer up to six appropriate master’s-level units taken at an accredited and approved institution within the past five years into a 30-44 unit program, up to nine units into a program requiring 45 or more units, and up to 12 units into a PhD program, with the approval of the advisor and program director/department chair, Associate Dean and clearance by the Office of the Registrar.
Reservation of the Right to Modify
Every effort has been made to provide current and accurate information in the description of doctoral, master’s degree and credential programs. However, we reserve the right to change program requirements. Students should confer with their advisors and the credential analyst to ensure progress toward their degrees and/or credentials.
Nicholas Ladany, PhD, DEAN & ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR ACADEMIC OUTREACH
Joi Spencer, PhD, ASSOCIATE DEAN
Linda N. Dews, MSEd, ASSISTANT DEAN
Heather Herrera, PhD, ASSISTANT DEAN, Accreditation and Assessment
Vlad Bolsakov, MBA, ASSISTANT DEAN, Finance and Administration
TBD, DIRECTOR, Development
Corinna Lewis, BA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Marketing and Communications
Amanda Gonzales, BBA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Student and Alumni Relations
Lea Hubbard, PhD, CHAIR, Leadership Studies
Reyes Quezada, EdD, CHAIR, Learning and Teaching
Erika Nash Cameron, PhD, CHAIR, Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
Lieutenant Colonel Scot Hodgdon, USA, MS, PROFESSOR, Military Science
Captain Darrick Noah, USA, BA, Assistant Professor, Military Science
Captain Edwin Kaiser, USN, MA, CHAIR, Naval Science
Commander Jason Langham, USN, MS, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Naval Science
Wendell Callahan, PhD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Catholic Institute of Mental Health Ministry & DIRECTOR, Clinical Training
Todd Edwards, PhD, DIRECTOR, Marital and Family Therapy Program
TBD, DIRECTOR, Field Experiences, Learning and Teaching
Cheryl Getz, EdD, DIRECTOR, Leadership Minor
Emily Young, PhD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, The Nonprofit Institute
Laura Deitrick, PhD, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, The Nonprofit Institute
Lisa Dawley, PhD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education
Monte Kalisch, MS, DIRECTOR, Technology Strategy & Development, The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education
Edward DeRoche, PhD, DIRECTOR, Character Education Resource Center
Jacqueline Kennedy, MA, DIRECTOR, Manchester Family Child Development Center
Lorri Sulpizio, PhD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Conscious Leadership Academy
Beth Garofalo, MEd, ACADEMIC PROGRAMS MANAGER, Leadership Studies
Sergio E. Rodriguez, MA, ACADEMIC PROGRAMS MANAGER, Learning and Teaching
Lily Vistica, MS, ACADEMIC PROGRAMS MANAGER, Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
Viviana Alexandrowicz, PhD
Leslie Boozer, PhD
Sandy Buczynski, PhD
Wendell Callahan, PhD
Erika Nash Cameron, PhD
Laura Deitrick, PhD
Robert Donmoyer, PhD
Todd M. Edwards, PhD
Ana U. Estrada, PhD
James Fabionar, PhD
Fred Galloway, EdD
Ann Garland, PhD
Cheryl Getz, EdD
Nedeljko Golubovic, PhD
Zachary Green, PhD
Catherine Griffith, PhD
Kristopher G. Hall, PhD
C. Bobbi Hansen, EdD
Lea Hubbard, PhD
Rebekka Jez, EdD
Antonio Jiminez-Luque, PhD
Maya Kalyanpur, PhD
David Karp, PhD
Nicholas Ladany, PhD
Marcus Lam, PhD
Joseph Lathan, PhD
Florencia Lebensohn-Chialvo, PhD
Ian Martin, EdD
Ricardo Medina, PhD
Sarina Molina, EdD
Theresa Monroe, RSCJ, EdD
Jo Ellen Patterson, PhD
Reyes Quezada, EdD
Nydia Sanchez, PhD
Hans Peter Schmitz, PhD
Joi A. Spencer, PhD
Suzanne Stolz, EdD
Saundra Tabet, PhD
Carrie Tremble, PhD
Teresa VanHorn, MA
Lee Williams, PhD