College of Educational Studies
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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.

+-The Center for Autism welcomes new director

Center for Autism Director Cathy BrockCatherine M. Brock, a highly regarded clinical and administrative leader in the field of autism spectrum disorders, will become executive director of The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders as of Sept. 15, 2014.

Brock will be responsible for overall management of the center, and she’ll focus on positioning it as a center of excellence in the U.S. for clinical care, community engagement and research.

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+-Orange County Children's Book Festival: Sept. 28, 2014

Colorful picture of the new mammal species, the olinguitoThe 11th Annual Orange County Children's Book Festival takes place on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Orange Coast College.  The Festival features over 135 booksellers, educational exhibitors and related vendors.  More than 39,000 people attended the Festival last year.

The College of Educational Studies will be hosting a booth near the Illustrator's Stage and will be selling signed books by our very own President Doti and Ruebén Martinez.  Additionally, author Cecilia Velástegui will be at our booth to sign copies of her book Olinguito Speaks Up.  

Click here for more information about the Orange County Children's Book Festival.

+-Picky Eaters: How it happens? What to do about it? Oct. 8, 2014; Center For Autism, Santa Ana, CA.

vegetables on a plate Please join the The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders for the October Seminar: Picky Eaters: How it happens? What to do about it?

October 8, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
2500 Red Hill Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

The seminar will feature Melanie Silverman, MS, RD, IBCLC. Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).She spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic.

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+-Center for Autism: ADOS-2, Comprehensive Autism Assessment Training. Nov 19-21

ADOS-2 TrainingThe Chapman Ability Project,  in collaboration with The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, presents a three day training for professionals interested in learning the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) and how to incorporate information gathered through ADOS-2 administration into  a  comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorders assessment.

Full Schedule (pdf)

During the first two days,  participants will  receive  clinical training with  the ADOS-2. There will  be an overview of  the  five  modules   (Modules one  through four  and  the  Toddler  Module), live  demonstrations of  two  of  the modules, and  opportunities to practice and  discuss the scoring criteria. Day  three  goes  beyond the traditional ADOS-2 clinical  level  training by  providing  opportunities for  hands-on   practice and   constructive  feedback provided by  two  practitioners with  ADOS-2 research-reliable level  training. Participants will  also  learn  how  to incorporate information gathered through ADOS-2 administration into  a comprehensive ASD assessment.

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+-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)

+-Re-Dedication of the Paulo Freire Critical Pedagogy Archives: Oct. 25, 2014

Donaldo Macedo, Ph.D, Ed.D.Please Join Chapman University's College of Educational Studies and Leatherby Libraries for the Re-Dedication of the Paulo Freire Critical Pedagogy Archives.  

The events also include a one day symposium hosted by the Paulo Freire Democratic Project:


The keynote speakers include: Nita Freire, Ph.D., Donaldo Macedo, Ph.D, Ed.D., and Peter McLaren, Ph.D.

Please visit the Paulo Freire Critical Pedagogy Symposium website for more details

Registration is now open!

General Admission: $70.  
Students: $35
Padres Unidos Members: $20

Registration Page

+-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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