» Integrated Educational Studies at Chapman University

The Integrated Educational Studies (IES) degree program provides students with a comprehensive preparation to be educators in a classroom or community setting. IES students actively design the direction of their education, and their future. The program embodies John Dewey’s concept of education as a “freeing of individual capacity in a progressive growth directed to social aims.” We believe education provides students a unique opportunity to be actively involved in elements that create a just democracy.

Students can choose to major or minor in IES and select one of two emphases: Schools or Community. Choosing the Schools Emphasis might lead to starting your own school or teaching in K-12 schools, private academies or charter schools. Choosing the Community Emphasis might lead to working in a non-profit organization, creating tutoring or after-school businesses, working with policy-oriented efforts, working in professional development or teaching in a dance, art, or music studio.

A well-rounded undergraduate program in education should include field experiences and opportunities to study abroad. All IES students have numerous occasions to apply their skills in a variety of practical settings.

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  • Prospective students wishing to pursue a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies must be officially accepted in to the program. Integrated Educational Studies majors must meet competitive program admission requirements beyond Chapman University application standards via a second application process. A program admission selection committee consisting of, at a minimum, two academic faculty members will review all applicants and determine final admission status. An applicant can petition another review if denied initial admission.

    For course and degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies please consult the current undergraduate catalog.

  • Disability Studies - Open to all majors

    The Disability Studies Minor provides an overview of the interdisciplinary study of disability across the domains of human experience. ­The minor allows students to explore the variety of approaches to understanding disability in personal, social, economic, artistic, and political contexts. The minor focuses on issues in the representation, history, and interpretation of disability as a social category of human difference rather than issues related to the clinical diagnosis and treatment of impairments.

    Integrated Educational Studies (IES) - Open to majors outside of IES

    The minor in Integrated Educational Studies (IES) is designed for students who want to gain general expertise in the theoretical, structural, psychological and sociocultural aspects of education both in formal settings, such as schools, and informal settings at all stages of development (child-adolescent, adult). Students who intend to teach at the secondary level are encouraged to pursue the Secondary Education minor, which is specifically tailored to their preparation.

    Language and Literacy - Open to all majors

    The Language and Literacy minor prepares the candidate with specific content preparation necessary for a career that includes the teaching of English at the elementary or middle grades levels, or intensive writing in English in a community education setting. Future high school English teachers who are IES majors in the Schools Emphasis area are strongly encouraged to choose English as a second major, or to choose English as their core content minor and Language and Literacy as their second, required minor.

    Secondary Education - Open to majors outside of IES

    The Secondary Education minor is designed for majors in content subject areas, such as mathematics, science, English or other language, and history/social science, which are typically taught in secondary (grades 6-12) schools. ­The Secondary Education minor must be enrolled in a major OUTSIDE of Integrated Educational Studies (IES).

    Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) - Open only to IES majors

    The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education minor prepares the candidate with a breadth of STEM courses in order to prepare for future careers in education and related STEM fields. Admission to the minor requires approval from the Integrated Education Studies STEM Education advisor.

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    Dr. Quaylan Allen

    Dr. Quaylan Allen joined the College of Educational Studies in 2012 and teaches in the Integrated Educational Studies Program. A 2010 graduate from the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University, Dr. Allen received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis on Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. His research addresses educational equity by critically examining the implications of social and educational policy and practice on culturally diverse populations. In particular, his research centers on Black middle-class populations and the educational opportunities for Black middle-class males in both urban and suburban school contexts.

    Dr. Kim Padulo

    Dr. Kim Padulo has taught for 10 years at Chapman University in the Leadership Studies program, and since 2011, she has also joined the faculty of the Integrated Educational Studies program.  Kim holds an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Southern California. Dr. Padulo holds certifications as a trainer from the Josephson Institute of Ethics and as Leadership Faculty from the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.  She has been active in her local school district, creating a character education program for Weaver Elementary School and serving as a classroom, mural artist and booster volunteer. 

    Dr. Michelle Samura

    Dr. Michelle Samura joined the faculty of the College of Educational Studies in 2011.  Dr. Samura primarily teaches in Chapman's undergraduate Integrated Educational Studies (IES) Program where she challenges students to think boldly and broadly about what it means to be an "educator" in today's society. Additionally, as the founding Co-Director of the Collaborate Initiative, she is engaged in efforts to reconceptualize purposes of higher education and develop ways to help people rethink where and how "learning" happens.  Dr. Samura also serves as the Coordinator of Student and Community Engagement for the Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy.

    Dr. Noah Golden

    Dr. Noah A. Golden began as assistant professor of Integrated Educational Studies at Chapman University in August 2014. Dr. Golden worked in the New York City public school system for fifteen years. For the majority of his K-12 teaching career, Noah taught English at a second-chance alternative high school located in the heart of the South Bronx. Prior to teaching at the secondary level, Noah taught upper elementary students in Washington Heights, teaching all subjects in the fourth and fifth grades.  To bridge his upper-elementary and secondary-level teaching, Noah spent a year as a substitute teacher at the junior high level. For his final four years working in K-12 education, Noah engaged school-based teacher professional development, working as a literacy coach and staff developer to support teachers in alternative second-chance secondary level programs throughout Manhattan.

    Dr. Kris de Pedro

    Dr. Kris De Pedro is an Assistant Professor at the College of Educational Studies. He teaches in the PhD, MLD, and IES programs and coordinates the Leadership Studies emphasis in the PhD program. His research focuses on school climate and urban educational policy and reform. His most recent scholarship has focused on LGBTQ youth and the children of military-service members. Dr. De Pedro is featured in a recent video, describing his research. Dr. De Pedro discusses his work on military students, which is also the focus of a recent journal article for the prestigious Teachers College Record.

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    Dr. Miguel Zavala joined the College of Educational Studies in 2015 as an Associate Professor and teaches in the Integrated Educational Studies and Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction (MACI) programs. His research explores the possibilities of learning and teaching within grassroots spaces. In particular, he builds on the emerging scholarship by critical Chicana/o and Indigenous scholar-activists, working with a decolonizing framework for understanding pedagogical, research, and community organizing processes and spaces. Miguel Zavala worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District for six years, in some of the most neglected urban areas of Los Angeles.

  • For questions, please contact:

    Kelly McCuen, Administrative Assistant
    kmccuen@chapman.edu or 714-997-6788

IES Students PowToon Video Presentation on the Hidden Curriculum

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Integrated Educational Studies students Lauren Delgado, Marti McIntosh and Mattie MacKes conducted a presentation and policy brief on the topic of the hidden curriculum in education, a sociological concept as part of the course work for IES 206.  Watch Here!

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