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.


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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.

+-Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy 2015 Summit - Save the date!

Donna Ford Attallah Education Development Academy 2015 Summit:
Rise Up for Children, Schools, Families, and Community

Save the Date!

Sunday, March 22, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $50.00 (lunch is included) – Please register by clicking here.

With the intensifying devaluation of the lives of students in low income communities, teachers, schools, and colleges of education are becoming more obvious targets in main stream media outlets (both news and social), we want to rise up.  The College of Educational Studies at Chapman University seeks to become an equal partner with schools, families, and communities as advocates for our children and their right to a quality education.  Our Summit is not about focusing on problems; it’s about collaboratively developing solutions.

Attend morning and afternoon strand sessions on Community Development, Leadership, K-12 Best Practices and lunch keynote speaker Richard Milner, Endowed Chair of Urban Educational and Professor at University of Pittsburgh.

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+-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

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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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