College of Education

College Administrative Offices Office Telephone
Dean of the College Jacob Perea BH 501 338-2687
Associate Dean David Hemphill BH 506 338-2689
Associate Dean Vanessa Sheared BH 505 338-1031
College Directory
Department Chair Office Telephone
Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies Marilyn Stepney BH 239 338-1653
Elementary Education Laureen Chew BH 181 338-1562
Instructional Technologies Eugene Michaels BH 163 338-1509
Secondary Education Jacob Perea BH 41 338-1201/1202
Special Education Nicholas Certo BH 154 338-2501

College of Education

The College of Education offers a Minor in Education and an undergraduate degree1 in the following:

Bachelor of Arts

Communicative Disorders 12201

The College of Education offers the following graduate degrees:1

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 (Special Education) 08081

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Special Education) 08081

Graduate Certificate Programs

Early Childhood Special Education (Special Education Department)
Educational Therapy (Special Education Department)
Integrated Services (Special Education Department)
Middle/Junior High School Studies (Elementary Education and Secondary Education
Training Systems Development (Instructional Technologies Department)
Vocational Special Education (Special Education Department)

The College of Education is organized into five departments: Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies; Elementary Education; Instructional Technologies; Secondary Education; and 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:

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

Joint Doctoral Program

This program 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, this program is designed to provide a greater breadth and depth of preparation in the education of exceptional children. Students completing this degree program are prepared to serve in a variety of roles, including college and university teaching, research, and administration.

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 or Audiologists 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 254, 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 Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies. 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 College of Education Credential Programs Admission Office, BH 240, (415) 338-7038, and the Credential Programs section of this Bulletin.

1The numbers following the degrees are used by this university to identify the programs indicated. These numbers must be used on the application for admission, registration forms, application for graduation, etc.