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.


»College of Educational Studies

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.

+-Aims of Education Address by Don Cardinal

Dean Donald Cardinal, Ph.D.Dean Cardinal challenged the incoming class to consider the opportunities they have to contribute to the world during the Aims of Education keynote at Convocation!

Appreciating Your Privilege, Embracing Your Responsibility
Aims of Education Address at Chapman University’s Convocation
Presented by Don Cardinal on August 26, 2014

Click here to read the entire speech.

+-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.

+-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

+-A visit to UNED, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, in Madrid, Spain

CES Students at UED, Madrid Spain

On June 24th, Dr. Anaida Colon -Muniz, and Dr. Suzanne SooHoo, of the  College of Educational Studies Faculty, visited the National University for Distance Education in Madrid, Spain (Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia with students from the Spain travel courses.  The travel courses to Madrid, Spain are an opportunity for students during the summer to spend between three and four weeks in the exciting and dynamic country of Spain, while completing one of several courses on second language acquisition that are required for the elementary or secondary teaching credential...(Read More)

+-Communication Sciences and Disorders Welcomes Special Olympic Athletes

Jenny Skinner, left, and Debi Anderson, display a few of the medals they’ve won at Special Olympics.Next summer the Special Olympics World Summer Games come to Los Angeles. Some 60,000 athletes from 177 countries are expected at the world games in 2015. That’s a lot of ears, and the Chapman crew will be there to work on the Healthy Hearing team within Healthy Athletes, says Judith Montgomery, Ph.D., professor and program director of the CSD program in the College of Educational Studies.  “We’ll have all of my students active in that and a lot of alums. They love it and they recognize what a difference it makes in athletes’ lives,” says Montgomery, who’s been involved with Special Olympics as a health and hearing specialist since 1995. Chapman University will be one of the Host Towns, or residential villages, for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Service clubs and community groups interested in helping with entertainment activities for the athletes while they’re at Chapman may email Montgomery at

Read More

+-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.

    Spotlight on Chapman University

    Dr. Michelle Samura

    Spotlight, from the Los Angeles Times, features the newest information, research, blogs, and events within the Chapman University community.

    • Featured
    • News
    • Events