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.

+-Coming July 1, 2015 – New CES Dean – Dr. Margaret Grogan

Dear CES Students

This is a great moment in the life of the College of Educational Studies. Please see the announcement from Chancellor Struppa regarding Dr. Margaret Grogan as the fourth Dean of the College of Educational Studies. Dr. Grogan is an excellent choice. I know her to be highly dedicated to the field, and as important, to creating a socially just world.

We’ve all worked hard to get to this point, and this important hire by Chancellor Struppa is evidence that hard work does pay off!

Congratulations to Margaret Grogan and to all of us in the CES and at Chapman University.

Welcome Margaret!

Dean Don Cardinal

+-Dr. Don Cardinal Reflects on his Tenure as Dean

Dr. Donald CardinalDean Don Cardinal reflects on his deanship, and the growth of the College of Educational Studies throughout his tenure in an interview conducted by Old Towne Orange Plaza Review in the March / April 2015 edition.

Read the full article here (pdf)

+-Athletic Training Program Expands Careers Beyond the Playing Field for Chapman Graduates

Athletic Training professor demonstrating injury rehabilitation to a kneeDr. Jason Bennett, Program Director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, was recently interviewed by the Los Angeles Times about the growing need for athletic trainers in the fields of athletics, rehabilitation clinics, military training, and law enforcement. The role of athletic trainer has expanded from its origin in competitive sports to primary care support and general outpatient rehab at hospitals and doctors’ offices, reflecting a growing need for physical rehabilitation specialists in a number of fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 30% increase in demand through 2020. “I would definitely say that the visibility of the athletic trainer has increased in the last several years...I think we have always been legitimate healthcare professionals, but we tend to stay in the background doing our job and not out in front telling everyone what a good job we do on a daily basis.”

Read more from the Los Angeles Times (Feb 20, 2015 edition)

+-Best Selling Authors to Speak at Librería Martinez de Chapman University

Please join Libreria Martinez de Chapman University to meet authors Victor Villaseñor and Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez.

Victor Villaseñor

Victor Villaseñor: Saturday March 21st, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Victor Villaseñor, author of Rain of Gold, for a passionate and heartfelt presentation about his newest book, Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy. Mr. Villaseñor is also the author of Burro Genius, Crazy Loco Love, Lion Eyes and Beyond Rain of Gold. Victor has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and is the recipient of countless honors and awards.

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez is an unrepentant border crosser, ex-DJ, writer, painter, and academic. An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Hispanic Southwest Literatures in the Department of Spanish, and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico, he has also taught and lectured at the University of Iowa, Penn State, the Universidad de Salamanca, the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, and at Texas A&M University.  Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez has published extensively in Spanish, One Day I'll Tell You the Things I've Seen is his first collection of stories in English. He has discussed his work with Eduardo Halfón and Daniel Alarcón in The Believer, and with Edmundo Paz Soldán and Santiago Roncaglio in The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies.

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+-Donald N. Cardinal: Back to the Future - Dean to Faculty Reception Invitation

Don Cardinal at his deskPlease join us to celebrate Don Cardinal's deanship!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 3-5 p.m.
Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum, Argyros Forum 310

Please click here for more details.

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To contribute toward the Donald N. Cardinal Ph.D. Endowed Fellowship Fund, click here

+-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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