College of Educational Studies
Changing Education. Changing the World.

CES Mission

The College of Educational Studies at Chapman University is committed to the development of critical scholarship and skillful leadership that inspires and respects individuals, serves communities, enriches diversity, and insures a socially just society.

Our Dean, Dr. Don Cardinal, notes, "We must change the way we develop professionals, which would include some of the successful methods we have used, many of which would be coupled with new methods. Professional education will operate on a world stage rather its present primary locale, the classroom. In the CES, our redesigned programs have been designed to be as flexible as the professional fields the students seek to enter." Read more of the message from Dean Cardinal here.


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The College of Educational Studies (CES) is committed to developing educators and leaders who challenge convention and serve as change agents in both the classroom and society. The CES faculty, supported by six national accreditations, strives to make a more just world through their teaching, scholarship and collaboration with local communities on various civic engagement initiatives. The College of Educational Studies offers undergraduate education degrees, teacher credentials and graduate education degrees including a Ph.D. in Education.

CES has multiple unique degree offerings in teacher education, special education, athletic training, school psychology, school counseling, speech-language pathology and leadership. The Ph.D. in Education program began in 2007 and is considered by many to be the first step for Chapman University’s path to national stature. CES's Dean, Dr. Don Cardinal, notes, "The CES is preparing every student, from bachelor’s degree through Ph.D., to not only be prepared for today's world, but also for a world of rapid and continuous change. These are more than mere words. We have designed the CES to develop critical-thinking professionals, who are on the cutting edge and "field-tested" for today's world." Read more of Dean Cardinal's message here.

+-CES Research Forum: Knowing Disability; April 24th 4-7pm

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Please join the College of Educational Studies Research Forum for "Knowing Disability," presented by Scot Danforth, Professor and Director of the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University, on Thursday, April 24th 2014 from 4:00p.m. - 7:00pm at Reeves Hall, Room 225. This presentation will examine what non-disabled people know and don't know about students with disabilities and what it means for the education of disabled students.  

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+-The Center For Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Open House

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The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Celebrates its Grand Opening with a Family Day

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Please join the Center For Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders for the Grand Opening and Open House Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at 2500 Red Hill Avenue, Suite 100; Santa Ana, CA 92705

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders will be hosting a Saturday Open House for all families, community members and supporters of our center. We'll have games, activities and delicious food! Come see us in the new space, meet all our providers and check out our new treatments and services!

Originally founded in 2001 (as For OC Kids), The Center for Autism is home to a team of experts in the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. In late 2012, in a first-of-its-kind public/private partnership, the William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation (Thompson Family Foundation) and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County provided $14.8 million to create a new vision.

The aim is to create the nation’s premier center for evaluation, treatment, education and research for the wide range of autism spectrum disorders, providing help and hope to children and families affected by autism. When fully staffed, The Center will offer a complete range of diagnostic and treatment services to children, adolescents and young adults from birth to age twenty-two.

This ambition and determination is reflected in The Center’s alignment of major partners in autism for this venture, including UC Irvine, Chapman University College of Educational Studies, and CHOC Children’s.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Come and meet the team and learn about the Center's services.  There will be food, fun, face painting, balloon making, art stations, yoga and prizes.  Please RSVP here.

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+-Science Education at CES

CES and Anaheim Union High School District Partner To Provide Science Education and Teaching Methods

Frank Frisch at Tedx presentationChapman University College of Educational Studies has formed a partnership with Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) to provide science content and teaching strategies over the next three years. A $1.4M grant secured by Dr. Frank Frisch, dual appointment with the College of Educational Studies and Schmid College of Science and Technology, from the California Department of Education’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) office will be used to provide specialized Chapman courses over the summer and throughout the year to Anaheim’s teachers. Chapman scientists from physics, food science, computer science and biology as well as pedagogy experts from the College of Educational Studies will serve as instructors and mentors for the AUHSD teachers in the hopes of improving didactic and laboratory instruction in what is already an excellent school district.

+-Response to NCTQ

On June 11, 2012, Dean Don Cardinal responded to the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) request for data. The original letter details why Chapman University's College of Educational Studies declined to participate in the organization's National Review of Teacher Preparation.

In light of the recent release of the NCTQ's full report, Dean Don Cardinal's June 21, 2013 letter clarifies Chapman's and the CES' position regarding the NCTQ report. If you would like to read another respected educator's view on the NCTQ report, please see Dr. Tyrone Howard's response.

+-Partnership With the Center for Autism

The College of Educational Studies is excited to be one of the Founding Partners for the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California. As part of the collaboration with the center, the CES will provide both support and educational opportunities, specifically designed to meet the needs of individual students, families, and schools. To this end, we have developed two cutting edge programs: Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T), and the Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P). Visit our new CES Center for Autism page to learn more about this groundbreaking endeavor.

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