Education Degrees, Certificates, and Teaching and Educational Specialist Credentials

Graduate College of Education

Dean: Judith Munter
Associate Dean: Nancy Robinson

Departments

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

The primary mission of the Graduate College of Education is to prepare reflective, transformative educators, clinicians, leaders, and scholars who advance the broad profession of education across the life span through 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. Our programs are designed to meet global challenges through authentic learning experiences in academic and clinical environments that are grounded in our commitment to inclusiveness, integrity, community, social action, and evidence-based practice.

Core values of the GCOE are adapted from the SF State Strategic Plan, including: 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 generosity of spirit, to supporting a thriving environment of mutually supportive human relations.

In order to carry out the mission and vision of the college as reflected in these core values, the Graduate College of Education offers certificates, credentials, masters’ degrees in education (in specific disciplines), doctorates in education and philosophy degrees (jointly with UC, Berkeley). The chart below lists the programs and degree offerings in the Graduate College of Education.

Degrees, Credentials and Certificates in the Graduate College of Education

Master's Degrees

Name of degree or program Department
Master of Arts in Education, with concentrations in:
Adult EducationEquity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies
Early Childhood EducationElementary Education
Educational AdministrationEquity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies
Elementary EducationElementary Education
Equity & Social Justice in EducationEquity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies
Instructional TechnologiesEquity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies
Language & Literacy EducationElementary Education
Mathematics EducationElementary Education
Secondary EducationSecondary Education
Special InterestEquity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies
Master of Arts in Special Education (Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Orientation & Mobility, Visual Impairment)Special Education & Communicative Disorders
Master of Science in Communicative Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology)Special Education & Communicative Disorders

Teaching & Services Credentials

Name of degree or program Department
Administrative Services (Elementary & High School Principal)Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies
Bilingual AuthorizationElementary Education
Clinical or Rehabilitative Services (Orientation & Mobility)Special Education
Education Specialist (Special Education)Special Education
Multiple Subject Instruction (Elementary Education)Elementary Education
Pupil Personnel ServicesCounseling, Psychology, & Social Work
Reading and Language Arts SpecialistElementary Education
Single Subject Instruction (Middle and High School)Secondary Education
Speech-Language Pathology ServicesSpecial Education & Communicative Disorders

Graduate Certificates

Name of degree or program Department
Augmentative and Alternative CommunicationSpecial Education & Communicative Disorders
Autism SpectrumSpecial Education & Communicative Disorders
Early Childhood Special EducationSpecial Education & Communicative Disorders
ReadingElementary Education
Training Systems DevelopmentEquity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies

Doctoral Degrees

Name of degree or program Department
Ph.D. in Education: Concentration in Special EducationSpecial Education & Communicative Disorders
Ed.D. in Educational LeadershipGraduate College of Education

Bachelor of Arts

Name of degree or program Department
Communicative DisordersSpeical Education & Communicative Disorders

Minor

Name of degree or program Department
EducationGraduate College of Education
Special EducationSpecial Education & Communicative Disorders

For an overview of the paths one might pursue in order to become a teacher or professor, or to get started on another career in education, please refer to the chart at the beginning of the section titled "Teaching and Educational Services Credential Programs."