Education Overview  {SF State Bulletin 2011 - 2012}

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Education Degrees, Certificates, and Teaching and Educational Specialist Credentials

Graduate College of Education

Dean: Jacob E. Perea
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Research, and Development: David Hemphill
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs: Patricia Irvine



Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies
Elementary Education
Instructional Technology
Secondary Education
Special Education



The primary mission of the 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 College of Education. They are:

  • 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.

In order to carry out the mission and vision of the college as reflected in these six themes, the College of Education offers certificates, credentials, masters of arts in education (in specific educational disciplines), doctorates in education and philosophy degrees (in conjunction with UC, Berkeley). The chart below provides an overview of the types of programs and degree offerings available within the 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 Education Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies
Early Childhood Education Elementary Education
Educational Administration Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies
Elementary Education Elementary Education
Equity & Social Justice in Education Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies
Instructional Technologies Instructional Technologies
Language & Literacy Education Elementary Education
Mathematics Education Elementary Education
Secondary Education Secondary Education
Special Interest Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Arts in Special Education (Early Childhood Special Education, Guide Dog Mobility, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Orientation & Mobility, Physical & Health Impairments, Visual Impairment, Vocational Special Education) Special Education
Master of Science in Communicative Disorders Special Education (Language, Speech & Hearing)


Teaching & Services Credentials

Name of degree or program Department
Administrative Services (Elementary & High School Principal) Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies
Bilingual & Language Development Specialist Elementary Education
Clinical or Rehabilitative Services (Orientation & Mobility) Special Education
Designated Subjects—Adult & Career Technical Education(GED, ESL, Basic & Vocational Skills) Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies
Education Specialist (Special Education) Special Education
Multiple Subject Instruction (Elementary Education) Elementary Education
Pupil Personnel Services Counseling, Psychology, & Social Work
Reading and Language Arts Specialist Elementary Education
Single Subject Instruction (Middle and High School) Secondary Education
Speech-Language Pathology Services (Language, Speech & Hearing) Special Education



Name of degree or program Department
Autism Spectrum Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education Special Education
Guide Dog Mobility Special Education
Middle School Studies Elementary & Secondary Education
Reading Elementary Education
Training Systems Development Instructional Technologies
Vocational Special Education Special Education


Doctoral Degrees

Name of degree or program Department
Ph.D. in Education: Concentration in Special Education Special Education
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership College of Education


Bachelor of Arts

Name of degree or program Department
Communicative Disorders Special Education



Name of degree or program Department
Education College of Education
Special Education Special Education


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 Specialist Credential Programs."


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