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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 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.

+- Calling All CES Alumni: Gather for change at California Teachers Summit

It’s said that when people gather, powerful things happen. And we know that when Panthers gather, extraordinary change follows. All College of Educational Studies alumni are invited to join forces with fellow teachers (and fellow Panthers!) at “Better Together: California Teachers Summit” on July 31, 2015. This one-of-a-kind event aims to help teachers build a powerful peer network, share best practices and access effective resources.

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The summit, hosted by Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, will take place at 33 locations across the state with more than 20,000 California teachers from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. It will feature nationally renowned keynote speakers and opportunities to collaborate with fellow teachers to build a supportive statewide community of teachers.

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+-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

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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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+-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!

+-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.

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+-Travel to Florence Italy

What began as a vision in 2009 is now a seasoned reality. Please consider joining us for this unique travel study course (EDUC 644 or IES 444) in Florence Italy January 3-23, 2016. We live in apartments in the historic center of this Renaissance city and study seven artists and leaders who changed western art and intellectual thought for the next 500 years. We study the myths and realities of Florence in the 14th century and experience contemporary Florence as well.

To find out more, please RSVP to attend a meeting of interest on:

Date: To Be Determined

Location: To Be Determined

The size of the group is limited.


Hope to see you there.

~ Penny Bryan, Ph.D., CES Professor of Scholarly Practice and George Bryan

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+-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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