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 four 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.

+-Graduate Student Meet & Greet

CES Dean Margaret Grogan   Dean Margaret Grogan invites you to attend the College of Educational Studies.

   Thursday, September 17, 2015

   6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

   Argyros Forum, Room 209C


Join us for beverages and snacks along with a chance to network with CES students in all of the graduate programs.

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+-Chapman’s Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society President Maggie Gallardo selected as international scholarship winner

Roxanne Miller and scholarship recipient Maggie Gallardo
Chapman University Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society Chi Beta Chapter President, Maggie Gallardo, has been selected as the 2015 Jack Rosen International KDP Scholarship recipient. Maggie, a junior at Chapman, is a rising star and a major in Integrated Educational Studies, with minors in Spanish and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education. She plans to teach elementary school after graduating from Chapman’s new five-year bachelor’s plus Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) Program.

The Jack Rosen Scholarship is given to only one future elementary educator per year, who is selected based on personal vision as an educator and commitment to making a difference in the general education of children and youth through science, math, or technology.
The Integrated Educational Studies (IES) degree program provides students with a comprehensive preparation to be educators in a classroom or community setting. IES students actively design the direction of their education, and their future. For more information regarding IES, Click Here

+-Chapman democracy activist offers a radical critique of capitalism

Peter McLaren in officePeter McLaren has spent his career in the pursuit of justice – social justice, that is.

No, he isn't Superman, though that's an easy mistake to make considering how quickly he leaps around the globe. In the past two months, he's been in Poland, China and Canada. This school year, he plans to visit China again and Argentina, Washington, D.C., and Mexico, all while teaching classes at Chapman. McLaren spends his time in these places giving talks, establishing centers for social justice and collaborating with those oppressed by their governments.

McLaren is the co-director of Chapman’s Paulo Freire Democratic Project and the university’s international ambassador for global ethics and social justice.

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+-Leadership Studies Program extends its reach all the way to Washington state!

Chapman graduate student Kelly Nunn, teacher Michelle Munson and parent Madonna Messina collaborated to bring leadership education to Liberty High School in Renton, WA. Almost 1,175 miles away from Chapman University, Liberty High is home to one of the latest educational Kelly Nunn MLD, Teacher Michelle Munson and Parent-Catalyst Madonna Messprojects by Mark Maier, Ph.D., director of Chapman’s Leadership Studies Program (MLD). Maier plus a team of 12 Chapman graduate students have created the high school’s new “Introduction to Leadership,” course, to be launched this coming school year. It’s an educational outreach-like project developed by Maier and the students, facilitated by go-between Chapman graduate student Kelly Nunn and will be taught by Liberty teacher Michelle Munson starting in the fall.

The idea to set up the high school curriculum didn’t occur in a vacuum — it originated with Liberty parent Madonna Messina when she was helping her eldest daughter shop for college. One of the campus tours Messina took was at Chapman....

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+-Bringing Social Justice To The World — One Neighborhood At A Time.

Connecting with community members through practical education

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Community-program-with-kids-at-tablePadres Unidos is a grassroots community program based in Santa Ana that has trained more than 1,500 people in volunteer work at schools, churches, community centers and juvenile halls. Several years ago, Chapman launched a two-year certificate program called the Padres Unidos Community Workers Initiative to further educate its volunteers with parenting, teaching and community leadership skills. Read More Here!

Peter-McLarenThe larger Paulo Freire Democratic Project describes itself as a collection of local, regional and international initiatives that promote the work of Paulo Freire, the late Brazilian philosopher and pedagogist — a legendary educator revered throughout the world... Check out the blog for more info!

+-Grogan to replace Cardinal as Dean of Educational Studies

New CES Dean Margaret Grogan
The dean of the College of Educational Studies (CES), Don Cardinal, is transitioning back to faculty at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Margaret Grogan, a professor at Claremont Graduate University, has been selected to serve as dean of CES starting fall semester 2015.

“Seems like she has her head in the right spot for us to be a good match,” said Cardinal about Grogan and her fit with Chapman. Grogan was born and raised in Australia, lived in Japan for 17 years and has taught at schools on the East Coast. Grogan says she wants to make social justice a priority once she starts as dean.

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+-Dean Don Cardinal looks forward to his classroom return

Don Cardinal at podium of 2015 commencement

For 13 years as dean of the College of Educational Studies, Don Cardinal, Ph.D., has helped build programs and assemble a distinguished faculty aimed at bringing out the best in future teachers and the students they’ll eventually serve.  Chancellor Daniele Struppa called Cardinal “a truly special leader in the history of Chapman University.”

Now Cardinal is stepping down to return to the classroom. But he’s hardly finished. A conversation with the outgoing dean reveals that he still has important work to do.

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