San Francisco State University College of Education
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Mission Statement
6 Themes
Knowledge Base Theme

Mission Statement

The College of Education will develop and maintain rigorous professional preparation in the pedagogical and clinical skills that our professionals are required to use in providing effective services to individuals and their families, especially for those residing in ethnically and racially diverse communities.

All programs are based on excellence in teaching and clinical services, with a commitment to research and scholarship, focusing on the integration of services to schools and community agencies.


Themes reflected in the programs & activities of the College of Education are:

    1. To prepare professional educators and service providers to effectively work with individuals of all ages, diverse cultures, languages, learning styles, abilities, sensory and physical challenges, ethnicity, and sexual orientations, in schools and other community settings.
    2. To integrate education with community services.
    3. To effectively use technology to improve education and community services.
    4. To prepare educational leaders to be socially committed advocates for the people they serve.
    5. To contribute to the knowledge base of the profession, with an emphasis in the area of urban education.
    6. To support faculty in their discipline-focused activities, their interdisciplinary programs, their teaching, and their research.

Knowledge Base Theme:

Preparing reflective and innovative professionals as leaders to ensure the educational development of diverse populations within dynamic educational contexts.
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The College of Education has grown exponentially from its first graduating class of 36 young women in 1901, to a combined Fall/Spring 1997 enrollment of 3,198 graduate level students.

1855 - John Swett offers first teacher training classes in San Francisco.

1857 - San Francisco Board of Education establishes the San Francisco Weekly Normal School (a training school for elementary teachers).

1867 - Girls' High and Normal School, an ancestor of the present San Francisco State University, is established, with Ellis Holmes as principal.

1895 - Normal class is separated from high school and renamed "San Francisco Normal School", with Laura Fowler as principal.

1898 - San Francisco Board of Education votes to close Normal School.

1899 - A State Normal School opens again in San Francisco, one of the first in the country to require a high school diploma. Dr. Frederic Lister Burk is Founder and first President of the school, which is located on Powell Street between Clay and Sacramento.

1921 - San Francisco State Normal School becomes San Francisco State Teachers' College.

1935 - Name changed to San Francisco State College; along with other State Colleges it becomes a liberal arts school.

1971 - San Francisco State College begins a Joint Doctoral program in Special Education with the University of California, Berkeley.

1993 - The Education Building is renamed Burk Hall in honor of Dr. Frederic Lister Burk.

1996 - School of Education becomes College of Education.

1997 - The new Burk Hall addition is completed.

1998 - The San Francisco State University College of Education is recognized statewide as one of the leading professional schools for preparing educators at the credential, Masters, and Doctorate levels for growing and diverse educational requirements.



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