The Joint Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is offered through a partnership of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dissertations from this program are accepted by CSUSM on a rolling basis, but should only be done after your final meeting with Sara Miceli at UCSD.
The version you deposit with CSUSM must be made accessible, but we will help you with this process. What does "accessible" mean? This means tagging the document so that the content can be accessed by people using assistive technology. If you still have any questions, watch this short video on ADA issues.
CSUSM offers ADA formatting assistance to all students. Please email your dissertation to the ADA Formatting team for help. Dissertations are processed on a "first come, first serve" basis. Dissertations will not be processed from April 24th to May 11th to accommodate the CSUSM Master's Degree deadline. More information about making your file ADA compliant, including how to get assistance, is available on the "ADA Compliance Formatting" tab.
Step 1: Make your dissertation ADA-compliant. You can either do this yourself following the ADA Compliance Formatting instructions OR you can email the Word version of your dissertation to email@example.com. We will make it accessible for you. When you save the file, the name of the saved document name must use the following format:
Last nameFirst name_TermYear For example: DoeJohn_Spring2022.doc.
Step 2: Pay the fee.
Paying online: To pay online, you may use an electronic check. This method is free. Or you may pay using a credit card. If you use a credit card, a convenience fee of 2.75 % will apply if you use a credit card. MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Visa are all accepted. You will receive a receipt by email for your online payment.
Paying on Campus: Go to the Cashier's Office and pay the $25 thesis/project fee. The CSUSM Cashier's Office is located in Craven Hall, 3800. The office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. At the Cashier's Office, you will receive a receipt for your payment. Please either take a picture of the receipt with your smart phone or use the public scanner on the 3rd floor of the library to make a digital copy of your receipt to be emailed to the library.
Step 3: Email your ADA-compliant dissertation as well as your receipt from the fee payment to Carmen Mitchell. Carmen will upload your dissertation files to ScholarWorks, and will sign your "Report of the Completion of the Doctoral Project and Recommendation for the Degree of Doctor of Education" form. UCSD will route the form to Carmen for electronic signature.
Additional considerations: If you are restricting the access of your dissertation with an embargo, please email Carmen Mitchell your "Dissertation Release Form" from UCSD showing the embargo term that you would like.
If you have supplementary files that you would like to submit along with your dissertation, you may do so. For text files, they must be submitted as accessible PDFs. For other types of files, please contact the Scholarly Communication Librarian.
If you have further questions, please contact Carmen Mitchell.
After your uploaded document is verified, it is made public through CSUSM ScholarWorks. A link to the document will be available through the library’s online card catalog. The CSUSM Library does not accept paper copies of dissertations.
Students retain all rights to their work. However, students must also grant a non-exclusive license to the university at the time of submission. The license confirms that the student is the creator and contributor of the work and grants the university permission to share the work in an open-access digital environment for educational purposes.
Students and any co-authors retain all intellectual property rights for the dissertation. Students submitting materials for which they do not own copyrights, must certify that they have obtained permission from the copyright owner before making materials available online.
Students also give the university permission to make their work available to all users and to adapt it to accessible formats per American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requirements. Requests for use of the work for purposes other than education will be referred back to the copyright holder.