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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education

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The School of Education is devoted to the advancement of teaching and learning. Our image for teacher education begins with a vision for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 school programs in the 21st century. The transformation from an industrial economy to an information society in the U.S., combined with an increasing emphasis on global issues and technology, demands more highly skilled adults to function effectively in the workforce. Young people who complete their schooling are the most educationally, socially and economically advantaged. They become adults who are lifelong learners and have the basic skills necessary for leading a full and rewarding life in an interdependent society and an information and service driven economy. The power of educators to make the fundamental difference in students’ lives makes education the most important social service.

The Education Program builds from the foundation of the undergraduate Liberal Studies major in Teaching and Learning Emphasis, Early Childhood Studies major and academic majors in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics and History/Social Science (subject matter programs) and extends to Masters of Arts in Education and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Our Education Programs contribute to the teaching profession by preparing teachers and school administrators who believe that all students have the ability to achieve high standards, who adapt their teaching to reach all students, and who respect the diversity of all students. Our graduates are reflective about their teaching, their attitudes, and their ability to work in collaborative analytical teams.

The Master of Arts in Education program focuses on Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction or Disability Studies. The Educational Leadership specialization leads to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

The Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL) program is a joint Ed.D. program offered by CSU Channel Islands and Fresno State. The CODEL program is dedicated to enriching and supporting leaders who are devoting their lives to social justice and democracy in and through education. This program has two options: P-12 Educational Leadership and Post-secondary Educational Leadership (including community college leadership and administration).

All credential programs have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students who are hired by local public schools prior to completing all of their preliminary credential requirements may be eligible for an internship program. Contact the credential advisor for an internship application.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students can teach all subjects in their area of specialty;
  • Students are able to teach children with English as first or second language;
  • Students understand and relate to the diversity of languages and cultures in and among children and families;
  • Students can meet the diverse needs of all students including those with special needs;
  • Students are reflective and deliberative practitioners;
  • Students link content and pedagogy;
  • Students actively engage children in their learning; and
  • Students integrate research, theory, and effective educational practice into their teaching.

Credential Services and Field Placement

Cynthia Coler, Ed.D.
Director of Field Placement and Credential Services
Madera Hall, Room 2901
(805) 437-8936


Brian R. Sevier, Ph.D. 
Madera Hall, Room 2722 
(805) 437-2073 
brian. sevier@csuci. edu 


Robert E. Bleicher, Ph.D.
Professor of Science Education
Madera Hall, Room 2405
(805) 437- 8508

Merilyn Buchanan, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 1361
(805) 437-8579

Lillian Vega-Castaneda, Ed.D.
Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 2707
(805) 437-8872

Manuel Correia, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Chair Credential, Programs
Madera Hall, Room 2623
(805) 437-3292

Michelle Dean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 2602
(805) 437-3735

Talya Drescher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 1361
(805) 437-1688

José García, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 2725
(805) 437-1647

Jeanne Grier, Ph.D.
Professor of Education, Chair Graduate Program
Madera Hall, Room 1341
(805) 437-8987

Carolee Koehn Hurtado, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 1406
(805) 437-3739
carolee. hurtado@csuci. edu

Tiina Itkonen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Political Science
Madera Hall, Room 2361
(805) 437-3294

Gary W. Kinsey, Ed.D.
Professor of Educational Leadership
Madera Hall, Room 2721
(805) 437-2002

Kara Naidoo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 1364
(805) 437-2743

Carola Oliva Olson , Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 2721
(805) 437-3689

Elizabeth Quintero, Ed.D.
Professor of Education, Chair Early Childhood Studies
Madera Hall, Room 1637
(805) 437-3306

Kaia Tollefson, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Madera Hall, Room 1405
(805) 437-3125

Charles Weis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Madera Hall 2711
(805) 437-2060

Annie White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Madera Hall 1616
(805) 437-2053

Contact Information

School of Education
(805) 437-3338

Credential Services and Field Placement
(805) 437-8953

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