Graduate College of Education  {SF State Bulletin 2012 - 2013}

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Graduate College of Education

College Administrative Offices

Title Officer Office Telephone
Dean of the College Elizabeth Kean (interim) BH 501 338-2687
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies David Hemphill BH 506 338-2053
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Patricia Irvine BH 505 338-1031


College Directory

Department/Program Chair/Director Office Telephone
Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies David Hemphill (acting) BH 506A 338-2053
Elementary Education Debra Luna BH 181 338-1562
Instructional Technologies Brian Beatty BH 166 338-6833
Secondary Education Nathan Avani BH 41 338-1201/1202
Special Education Marci Hanson BH 154 338-2503


The Graduate College of Education offers a Minor in 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


Concentrations in:

  • Adult Education 08071
  • Early Childhood Education 08231
  • Educational Administration 08271
  • Elementary Education 08021
  • Equity and Social Justice in Education 08131
  • 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

Autism Spectrum Disorders (Department of Special Education)

Early Childhood Special Education (Department of Special Education)

Guide Dog Mobility (Department of Special Education)

Middle/Junior High School Studies (Department of Elementary Education and Department of Secondary Education)

Reading (Department of Elementary Education)

Training Systems Development (Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologyt)

Vocational Special Education (Department of Special Education)


The Graduate College of Education is organized into four departments: Elementary Education; Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies; Secondary Education; and Special Education.


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. 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.


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 which 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 Ed.D. in Educational Leadership immerses its students in an exploration of critical challenges that high-level pre – K-12 school district and community college educational leaders must grapple with, while providing enriching educational opportunities that are available only in dynamic urban and transitioning communities. The aim of the program is to prepare outstanding educational leaders.


The Special Education joint doctoral program, which offers the Ph.D., is designed to prepare persons for positions of leadership 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 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 junior or senior high school.


Special Education, for competence in research and leadership skills in working with people with disabilities in program emphasis including: deaf/hard-of-hearing, early childhood special education, mild/moderate/severe disabilities, physical and health impairment, orientation and mobility, visual impairments, and vocational special education. The degree program prepares individuals for work in education, 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 employment as certified or licensed Speech Language Pathologists in a wide variety of settings including public schools, university clinics, hospitals, community agencies, private practice, Veterans Administration, and other federal agencies.


Educational Administration, for positions as consultant, curriculum coordinator, supervisor of designated subjects, supervisor of designated services, and principal.


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 semester.


Advising. The student should inquire at the Education Graduate Office, BH 240, for referral to the proper adviser in the major department and for information about procedures. Students applying for admission to the Special Interest Program must consult the Chair of the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies. The student should confer with the adviser frequently to develop and maintain a working relationship based on direct acquaintance. These conferences along with formal records help to provide a basis for individual planning and assessment of student programs.


Note: Students interested in credential programs should contact the Graduate College of Education Teacher Preparation Center, BH 244, (415) 405-3594,,


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