Graduate College of Education

College Administrative Offices

Title Officer Office Telephone
Interim Dean of the College Nancy B Robinson BH 501 338-2687

College Directory

Department/Program Chair/Director Office Telephone
Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies Doris Flowers BH 239 338-2614
Elementary Education Josephine Arce BH 181 338-1584
Secondary Education Maika Watanabe BH 45 338-1621
Special Education & Communicative Disorders Yvonne Bui BH 156 338-1161

The Graduate College of Education offers a Minor in Education, a Minor in Special Education, and an undergraduate degree in the following:

Bachelor of Science

  • Communicative Disorders 12201

The Graduate College of Education offers the following graduate degrees:

Master of Arts

  • Education
    • Concentrations in:
      • Adult Education 08071
      • Early Childhood Education 08231
      • Educational Administration 08271
      • Elementary Education 08021
      • Equity and Social Justice in Education 08011
      • Instructional Technologies 08992
      • Language and Literacy Education 08301
      • Mathematics Education 08997
      • Secondary Education 08031
      • Special Interest Area (Interdepartmental) 08993
      • Special Education 08081

Master of Science

  • Communicative Disorders 12201

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership 08272

Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Concentration in Special Education 08081

Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders)
  • E-learning Development (Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies)
  • Reading (Department of Elementary Education)
  • Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (Department of Elementary Education)
  • Training Systems Development (Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies)

The Graduate College of Education is organized into four departments:

  • Elementary Education
  • Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education & Communicative Disorders

GCOE Mission

The Graduate College of Education prepares reflective, transformative educators, clinicians, leaders and scholars who advance the professions within education. Our graduates deliver education programs across the life span, demonstrating excellence in the art and science of teaching and learning, research on critical issues in education and communicative disorders, integration of new technologies and commitment to equity and social justice. Professional preparation programs are designed to meet global challenges, through authentic learning experiences in academic and clinical environments that are guided by our commitment to inclusiveness, integrity, community, social action and evidence-based practice.

GCOE Vision

Our vision is to be the premier institution of higher education to prepare professionals who transform lives in schools and communities through our commitment to access, equity, quality and innovation in teaching, scholarship and service.

Core Values

he core values of the GCOE are reflected in the SF State Strategic Plan: Courage, Life of the Mind, Equity, Community, and Resilience”. These values resonate with the GCOE and our commitment to social justice. We embrace these five values and have adapted them to align with the mission of the GCOE. 

Courage: Courage enables us to develop a sense of agency that engages students, staff, and faculty in speaking their voices and having their voices heard in forums that honor the contributions of all. 

Life of the Mind: Our programs are informed by research, our research is informed by evidence-based practice, and our practice is grounded in our professional commitments as educators, activists, practitioners and clinicians. Collaboration with communities is an integral component of our scholarship, with a focus on uncovering funds of knowledge and community cultural wealth.

Equity: Our focus on equity addresses a broad range of persistent, structural social justice issues, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other forms of marginalization in 21st century, globalized California.

Community: Our programs promote a climate of inspiration and inclusivity, and are characterized by strong linkages to local and global communities at all levels, birth through adult, in formal and non-formal educational contexts.

Resilience: Our work in collaboration with diverse school, community and clinical settings implies that resilience takes many forms, ranging from promoting transformative resistance, to fostering global sustainability, to creating an environment that is marked by a generosity of spirit, to supporting a thriving environment of mutually supportive human relations.

GCOE Scholarships

Numerous scholarships are offered by the Graduate College of Education are open to all students in the graduate college. Visit SF State Academic Works to search for all scholarship opportunities and also apply online.

For Graduate Fellowship Opportunities, please visit http://fellowships.sfsu.edu.

Note: Educational leadership doctoral students are eligible to apply for the following four scholarships: Crumpton/Baxter/Bonham, Karl Richard Lane, Chris Larsen, and Hilda Taba.

Doctoral Programs

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is an intensive multidisciplinary three-year program implemented at SF State to accommodate the needs of working professionals and maximize the use of multidisciplinary faculty expertise in the San Francisco Metropolitan Bay Area. The aim of the program is to prepare outstanding educational leaders. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership immerses its students in an exploration of critical challenges that pre – K-12 school district and community college educational leaders must grapple with while providing enriching educational opportunities available only in dynamic urban and transitioning communities.

The Special Education Joint Doctoral program, which offers the Ph.D., is designed to prepare candidates for leadership positions in special education. By combining the complementary resources of San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley, these programs are designed to provide a greater breadth and depth of preparation in the field of special education. Students completing this degree program are prepared to serve in a variety of roles, including administration, research, and college and university teaching.

Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders

  • Communicative Disorders, to prepare for professional practice, research and leadership as a Speech-Language Pathologist in school, community, clinical and medical settings. Completion of the program prepares candidates for certification by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, licensing by the State of California and the Speech Language Pathologist Services Credential by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Master's of Arts Degree in Special Education

  • Special Education, for competence in research and leadership skills in working with people with disabilities in program five emphasis areas, including early childhood special education, mild/moderate disabilities, moderate/severe disabilities, orientation and mobility, and visual impairments. The degree program prepares individuals to work in schools and other educational settings, in public and private agencies serving people with disabilities, and in other related human services fields.

Master's of Arts Degree in Education: Concentrations

The Master's of Arts Degree in Education include the following concentrations:

  • Early Childhood Education, for greater competence in teaching nursery school, kindergarten, and primary grades.
  • Elementary Education, for greater competence in teaching grades kindergarten through nine.
  • Secondary Education, for greater competence in teaching in middle or high school.
  • Mathematics Education, for greater competence in teaching mathematics and to promote and support teacher leaders to be knowledgeable both in mathematics content and in the use of pedagogical practices that enable student to learn mathematics.
  • Language and Literacy, for greater competence in teaching literacy and to extend academic and professional expertise in the field of language and literacy development.
  • Education: Special Interest, an interdepartmental program for developing competence in designated specialized aspects of teaching such as research, evaluation, human relations in education, adult education, the foundations of education, and human development and learning.
  • Adult Education, to prepare for working in leadership roles with adults in a wide variety of educational settings.
  • Educational Administration, for positions as consultant, curriculum coordinator, supervisor of designated subjects, supervisor of designated services, and school principal or administrator.
  • Equity and Social Justice in Education, addresses issues of language, culture, ethnic, and gender diversity in education, enabling graduates to work on related issues in public education, non-profit groups, public service, and private organizations.
  • Instructional Technologies, for personnel in schools, instructional materials centers, and industry.

Course Work

The most common class is the lecture-discussion; there also are many seminars, workshops, clinical courses with individual attention, supervised internship and field experiences, and individually planned field studies and theses. For those students in teacher education, courses emphasize the relationship between school practice and findings from educational research and the psychological and social foundations of education. For those students with human service and/or professional development goals, courses emphasize the interrelationship between the concepts and research underlying the discipline or field of endeavor and the acquisition of professional roles through directed practice experiences. Requirements of most programs, except for internships, can be met through late afternoon, evening, and summer courses.

Advising

Interested students should inquire at the Student Resource Center in Burk Hall 311 for a referral to the appropriate program advisor.  Candidates seeking teaching credentials may go directly to the Credential and Graduate Services Center, BH 244 for credential application and processing information.  The student should confer with the advisor frequently to develop and maintain a working relationship based on direct acquaintance. These conferences, along with formal records, help to provide a basis for planning and assessing student programs.