Graduate College of Education

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College Administrative Offices

Title Officer Office Telephone
Dean of the College Judith Munter BH 501 338-2687
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Nancy Robinson BH 505 405-2170

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 and 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 Arts

  • 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 and Communicative Disorders)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Department of Special Education and 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 and Communicative Disorders

The primary mission of the Graduate College of Education is to develop and maintain rigorous professional preparation in pedagogical and clinical skills required for effective services to individuals of all ages and their families, especially those residing in ethnically and racially diverse communities. All programs are based on excellence in teaching and clinical services and a commitment to research and scholarship focused on the integration of services to schools and community agencies.

There are six themes reflected in the programs and activities of the Graduate College of Education.

  • Preparing professional educators and service providers who are sensitive to and effective in working with individuals of all ages who are diverse in culture, language, learning styles, abilities, sensory and physical challenges, ethnicity, and sexual orientation in schools and other community settings.
  • Providing an integration of education and community services.
  • Utilizing technology effectively to improve education and community services.
  • Preparing socially committed educational leaders and advocates.
  • Contributing to the knowledge base in the profession and particularly in the area of urban education.
  • Supporting faculty in pursuit of individual discipline-focused activities as well as interdisciplinary programmatic planning, teaching, and research.

Financial assistance from the Crumpton, Baxter, Bonham Memorial Scholarship Endowment and the Cahill Scholarship Endowment is available to students enrolled in programs in the Graduate College of Education that lead to teaching, specialist, or service credentials.

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's Programs

Graduate programs are designed to develop specialized teaching competence beyond the basic teaching credential requirements:

  • 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.
  • Special Education, for competence in research and leadership skills in working with people with disabilities in program emphasis areas, including early childhood special education, mild/moderate disabilities, moderate/severe disabilities, physical and health impairment, 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.
  • 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.

Programs designed to develop competence in non-teaching roles:

  • Adult Education, to prepare for working in leadership roles with adults in a wide variety of educational settings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Graduate programs serve students of maturity, professional commitment, and some professional experience. Advising and instruction are planned to take account of the job requirements of a chosen major and, at the same time, to deal with each student as an individual. Programs vary in degree of specialization, some being concentrated almost entirely in a single department and others drawing on several areas of study.

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.


The student should inquire at the Credential and Graduate Services Center, BH 244, for referral to an appropriate advisor in the major department and for information about admission and exiting procedures. Students applying for admission to the Adult Education, Educational Administration, Equity and Social Justice, Instructional Technologies, or Special Interest Program must consult the Chair of the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies, BH 239, 415-338-1479. 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.

Note: Students interested in credential programs should contact the Graduate College of Education Credential and Graduate Services Center, Burk Hall 244, 415-405-3594.