College of Educational Studies
Changing Education. Changing the World.

CES Mission

The College of Educational Studies at Chapman University is committed to the development of critical scholarship and skillful leadership that inspires and respects individuals, serves communities, enriches diversity, and insures a socially just society.

Our Dean, Dr. Don Cardinal, notes, "We must change the way we develop professionals, which would include some of the successful methods we have used, many of which would be coupled with new methods. Professional education will operate on a world stage rather its present primary locale, the classroom. In the CES, our redesigned programs have been designed to be as flexible as the professional fields the students seek to enter." Read more of the message from Dean Cardinal here.


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The College of Educational Studies (CES) is committed to developing educators and leaders who challenge convention and serve as change agents in both the classroom and society. The CES faculty, supported by six national accreditations, strives to make a more just world through their teaching, scholarship and collaboration with local communities on various civic engagement initiatives. The College of Educational Studies offers undergraduate education degrees, teacher credentials and graduate education degrees including a Ph.D. in Education.

CES has multiple unique degree offerings in teacher education, special education, athletic training, school psychology, school counseling, speech-language pathology and leadership. The Ph.D. in Education program began in 2007 and is considered by many to be the first step for Chapman University’s path to national stature. CES's Dean, Dr. Don Cardinal, notes, "The CES is preparing every student, from bachelor’s degree through Ph.D., to not only be prepared for today's world, but also for a world of rapid and continuous change. These are more than mere words. We have designed the CES to develop critical-thinking professionals, who are on the cutting edge and "field-tested" for today's world." Read more of Dean Cardinal's message here.

+-Dr. Peter McLaren Assumes Co-Director Role with the Paulo Freire Democratic Project

Peter McLaren with Paulo Freire bustIn 2014 Professor Peter McLaren joined Chapman’s faculty at the College of Educational Studies where he serves as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies and as Co-Director and International Ambassador of Global Ethics and Social Justice of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project.

The College of Educational Studies formalized the Paulo Freire Democratic Project  in 1996 under the directorship of Dr. Suzanne Soohoo and Dr. Tom Wilson. Establishing abiding professional and grass roots relationships with school administrators, teachers, students and community and parent organizations in the cities of Orange, Santa Ana and Anaheim, the Paulo Freire Democratic Project undertook a series of progressive initiatives influenced by the philosophy of praxis developed by legendary Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. These included organizing workshops, conferences, collaborative action research projects, and establishing democratic cultures in both formal and informal educational contexts...Continue Reading

+-Solar Decathlon: creating a brighter future

Solar Panels on a HouseFor the first time ever, Chapman University is participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, an international competition in which collegiate teams design and build solar-powered houses. Team houses are judged based on affordability, design, consumer appeal and energy efficiency.  Chapman University is entering the competition as part of Team Orange County, collaborating with the University of California, Irvine, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. The unique combination of a research institution, private university and two prominent community colleges gives Team Orange County a broad range of perspectives and educational backgrounds...Continue Reading

+-Ph.D. Student Ahmed Younis speaks about Ferguson Decision, Racism, and Oppression

Chapman University students hold a sit in at the student union to peacefully protest the Michael Brown-Ferguson Grand Jury decision.  Ph. D. student, Ahmed Younis, speaks out about global racism and oppression on December 12, 2014.  (This footage is raw and was shot by a student)

+-Center for Autism: Success in Special Education Training Series; Oct. 13, 2014 - Jan. 19, 2015

people at a workshopThe Chapman Ability Project and the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders have created monthly parent trainings to provide easy-to-understand information about Special Education. We recognize that parents and guardians are a child’s number one fan and advocate.  This series is centered on helping families become active and knowledgeable IEP team members with a focus on collaboratively working with schools.

Cost:  $15 per workshop.  Sliding scale rates are available for families with financial need.  To register and pay by cash or check please call (714) 628-2842

Full Schedule of Workshops (pdf)

+-Response to NCTQ

On June 11, 2012, Dean Don Cardinal responded to the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) request for data. The original letter details why Chapman University's College of Educational Studies declined to participate in the organization's National Review of Teacher Preparation.

In light of the recent release of the NCTQ's full report, Dean Don Cardinal's June 21, 2013 letter clarifies Chapman's and the CES' position regarding the NCTQ report. If you would like to read another respected educator's view on the NCTQ report, please see Dr. Tyrone Howard's response.

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