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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 Educational Summit

Challenging Myths of Diversity and Inclusion

Saturday, March 12 | Registration 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks 9 a.m. | Argyros Forum

Speakers: Airini, Dean of Education at Thompson Rivers University, BC, Canada and Christine E. Sleeter, Ph.D., Professor Emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University Monterey Bay

This year, the Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy and the Paulo Freire Democratic Project are co-sponsoring a summit drawing together diverse topics and interests in education. This event will include two notable keynote speakers, Dr. Arini and Dr. Christine Sleeter.  Three simultaneous learning strands will take place at the Summit. The first strand, entitled “Special Education and Universal Design” will explore topics of special education in workshop formats. The second strand entitled “Critical Pedagogy: Relational and Responsive Inclusion” will include dialogical spaces and presentations concerning critical issues in education. The final strand “Ecologies of Knowing” will be a space for PhD students from Chapman and our local universities to present their own work.


Participants are encouraged to attend all workshops, presentations, and dialogues in any of the strands as they wish. Registration will be limited due to space for only 200 participants.  Please register early and we look forward to seeing you on March 12, 2016


+-CES Blog: Changing the World, One Family at a Time

Padres UnidosUn aplauso por favor,” says Patricia Huerta, the founder and director of Padres Unidos (translation: Parents United), an Orange County-based parent education and support program, as she leads the a discussion at the nearby Orange County Juvenile Hall. “Applause, please,” and the room full of parents breaks into thunderous applause.Applause. Smiles. Hugs. That’s what you’ll find if you visit any of Padres Unidos educational programs, whether the program takes place on the Chapman University campus, where Padres Unidos educates community leaders through its Office of Extended Education, or at any of 25 different facilities across Orange County.

“Padres Unidos is so welcoming,” says Doug Sanger, Division Director of the juvenile hall. Of the various parent support programs he has brought in to work in juvenile hall, Sanger considers Padres Unidos the best and most effective. “We’ve tried other programs,” he says, “and Padres Unidos understands the culture so well – the community..."

Changing the World, One Family at a Time »

+-CES Blog: 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.

Chapman Democracy Activist Offers a Radical Critique of Capitalism »

+-CES Blog: Women's leadership scholar applauds plan to put a woman on the $10 bill, but asks: Why stop with one?

When Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced last month that a woman was to be featured on the $10 bill starting in the year 2020, he said the individual would be “a champion for our inclusive democracy.”

College of Educational Studies Dean Margaret Grogan, Ph.D.

College of Educational Studies Dean Margaret Grogan, Ph.D.

Who better to speak on the issue of inclusion than the College of Educational Studies’ new Dean Margaret Grogan, Ph.D., whose area of expertise is women in leadership.

“I think the movement to put a woman on a bill is an attempt to say at a very high level that, yes, we see that there is merit to the argument that women have historically not been as prominently recognized as they should be,” said Dean Grogan, author of Women and Educational Leadership and The Jossey-Bass Reader on Educational Leadership.

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+-Employment Opportunity!

Chapman University seeks applications for an Assistant / Associate / Full Professor of Teacher Education for the Graduate Teacher Education Program in the College of Educational Studies, beginning August 2016. Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers select pre-professional and graduate programs as well as traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences. Ranked in the top tier of Western universities, and recently identified as the #1 ranked “Up-and-Coming” school in the Western region by U.S. News and World Report, Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and ground-breaking teaching.

The College of Educational Studies offers Master of Arts degrees which include credentials in multiple subject, single subject, and special education. Information about the College of Educational Studies is available at The Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy (EDA) houses both undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education. At the graduate level, our credential-embedded Master of Arts programs prepare K-12 teachers to work with children of varied cultural backgrounds...

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+-CES Blog: Professor and PhD student Ahmed Younis speaks at Chapman University's fourth annual TEDxChapmanU conference

Dr. Ahmed Younis

A crowd of nearly 900 people laughed, teared up, learned a lot and even meditated a bit at Chapman University’s fourth independently organized TEDxChapmanU. And that was all before the mid-afternoon break.

A variety of speakers, from Chapman faculty to physicians, technology entrepreneurs to a silver medalist Olympic cyclist, spread their “ideas worth sharing” in a unique series of talks delivered on the stage of Memorial Hall on Thursday, Aug. 20.

From Tears to Laughter, TEDxChapmanU Deliverse 'Ideas Worth Sharing' »

+-CES Blog: 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.

R Chapman's Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society President Maggie Gallardo Selected as International Scholarship Winner »

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.

Integrated Educational Studies at Chapman University »

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


Padres 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.

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...

Connecting With Community Members Through Practical Education »

+-CES Blog: 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...

Chapman Leadership + Teamwork Equals Enriched Curriculum for Liberty High School Students »

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