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 schools and society. The CES faculty, supported by four national and one international 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, credentials and graduate degrees in Education, Leadership, Counseling and School Psychology.

CES has multiple unique degree offerings in teacher education, special education, school psychology, school counseling, 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. 

+-2016 Honors Award Recipients

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2016 Honors Award Recipients (View PowerPoint Presentation)

Outstanding Graduating Senior, Leadership Studies Minor
•  Shelby Allen – IES Major, University Honors
Outstanding Graduates in Integrated Educational Studies
•  Emett Griffith – Teaching and Learning in the Community Emphasis
•  Jasmine Hastings – Teaching and Learning in Schools Emphasis
Outstanding Graduates in Teaching
•  Omar Guillen – Elementary Education
•  Alexa Garcia – Secondary Education
•  Lauren Neal – MAT Bridge
Outstanding Graduate in Special Education
•  Christina Lassigne-Vargas
Outstanding Graduate in Leadership Development
•  Kelly Nunn
Outstanding Graduate in School Counseling
•  Andrew Fredriksz
Outstanding Graduate in School Psychology
•  Jared Izumi
Paulo Freire Democratic Project Awards
•  Anat Herzog
Outstanding Graduate in Ph.D. in Education
•  Holly Pearson
James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate
•  Ahmed Younis

+-Students and Alum- Come Teach in the Heart of San Francisco

Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA) is an innovative school, focused on nurturing the intellectual, artistic, social, and emotional growth of each child. Our mission is to create lifelong learners and innovative problem-solvers. As an independent public TK-8th gade charter school bordering San Francisco’s Mission and Noe Valley neighborhoods, TECA serves a diverse population of students.

TECA is looking for collaborative and professional teachers to join the school.
K – 5 Self Contained Teachers
Middle School Teachers (Math, Science, History, English)

+-A local community center is helping people conquer inequality

What began as an effort to transform a Santa Ana bookstore into a neighborhood learning hub has evolved into a thriving cultural center offering everything from well-attended story times for preschoolers to teen mentoring programs and an array of community events.

Welcome to El Centro Comunitario de Educación, an alternative space created by the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University.

"It's all about community," said Nicole Myers, 21, a junior at Chapman University who mentors high school students at El Centro Comunitario de Educación. "It's a wonderful atmosphere and the kids are there because they want to succeed in life and are determined to find a better future."

El Centro Comunitario, as it is more commonly known, sits in the heart of downtown Santa Ana, a city where nearly....View complete article from LA Times

+-As a new academic movement emerges, tremendous teachers are needed

ethnic studies protestThe Chapman University leaders who convened this month at the school's first Ethnic Studies Summit were presented with a core question: Should the school create an ethnic studies department to help its students better understand and navigate the melting pot in which we all live? But for Miguel Zavala, an associate professor in Chapman's College of Educational Studies and one of the organizers of the summit along with Anat Herzog, doctoral student at Chapman, the question cut much deeper: Should ethnic studies extend to even younger students?

Zavala, who has been a public school teacher in southeast Los Angeles and who has spent summers teaching children of migrant farmworkers, thinks so.

Ethnic studies encompasses...View complete article from LA Times

+-Autism research is top-of-mind for this new think tank

Last fall, founders of the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism received a a $3 million gift from the William S. and Nancy E. Thompson Foundation in order to establish the new think tank.Chapman University wants to change the conversation on autism.

The university recently launched a new think tank, the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism. It is charged with gathering data, conducting research and advocating for policy change on topics related to autism and other disabilities.

The Thompson Policy Institute was founded last fall through a $3 million gift from the William S. and Nancy E. Thompson Foundation. The goal of the institute is straightforward: to transform the way we understand disability and policy through research and surveys and to use those findings in working with community leaders, people with disabilities, and their families and legislators to influence policy.

"The institute's aim will be to...View complete article from LA Times

+-Help is on the way for LGBT students and those with military parents

Chapman University professor Kris De Pedro has made it his mission to improve the outcomes for both LGBT students and those with parents in the military.Sprinkled throughout U.S. classrooms are some 4 million children with parents serving in active military duty. Those students must manage their schoolwork while dealing with the long absence brought about by their parents' deployment — or worse.

In schools across the country, young people who identify as gay, bisexual or transgender face harassment, exclusion, discrimination and even physical violence. At the same time, they're expected to focus on their studies and pass their exams.

These two seemingly disparate groups of students have more in common than most people may realize...View complete article from LA Times

+-It's all about genuine leadership for one new college dean

In May 2015, Chapman University welcomed Margaret Grogan as the new dean of its College of Educational Studies.In May 2015, Chapman University welcomed Margaret Grogan as the new dean of its College of Educational Studies. Grogan has held teaching and administrative positions in Australia and Japan and at top U.S. universities.

Grogan said it was the college's innovative programs, progressive faculty and vibrant student body that drew her to Chapman. It was also the college's tradition of community engagement, which aligns with her primary areas of research: leadership development as it relates to gender, education and social justice.

"Chapman is very much what I would consider forward-looking. It's a school with a great deal of vitality," she said. "There's an excitement that...View complete article from LA Times

+-5 Strategies to Advance Women into School Leadership

AASA launches new initiative to support, advance women in key school leadership positions AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has launched a new initiative called More Than a Power Lunch: Building Networks to Support and Advance Women in School Leadership. The purpose of the project is to help mitigate the impact of social barriers women face in ascending to the top leadership positions within school systems and to significantly increase the number of women seeking and becoming CEOs and superintendents of schools.

According to AASA’s The Study of the American Superintendent: 2015 MidDecade Update....

5 Strategies to Advance Women into School Leadership

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