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.

+-Dr. Ahmed Younis: "The truth about fighting the Jihad."

Dr. Ahmed YounisWatch Dr. Ahmed Younis on the O'Reilly Factor discuss "The truth about fighting the Jihad." Dr. Ahmed Younis, JD is currently a Ph.D. in Education candidate and Adjunct Faculty member in various programs within the CES (IES and MLD)

Click here to view the video

+-Embodied Conferencing: Ph.D. Students Present at the Hawaiian International Educators Conference


From Left to Right: Charlotte Achieng-Evensen  , Dr. Susan Matoba Adler, and Kevin StockbridgeChapman University Ph.D. Students Maryann Krikorian, Kevin Stockbridge, Charlotte Achieng-Evensen were accompanied by Dr. Suzanne SooHoo to Honolulu in order to attend and present at the Hawaiian International Educators Conference (HICE). The goal was to encounter and engage with both National and  International scholars. Given Maryann, Keven and Charolette's interests in voice, contemplative praxis, and indigeneity, HICE proved a fertile ground for both knowledge and relational capacity-building. The 1300 sessions included participants from 34 countries including a very strong cohort of Indigenous Scholars from throughout the Pacific regions, interior U.S.A., as well as Canada.  Read More

+-Helping Children Move Beyond Challenges with Executive Function


Please join the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Chapman University's College of Educational Studies, and the UC Irvine Health Child Development School for our annual joint conference with keynote speaker Adele Diamond, Ph.D.
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Friday, January 30, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
OCDE - Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive, Building D
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Early Bird Rate: $50 · After 12/31/14: $65 · Student Rate: $25
Lunch included with registration

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+-Dr. Jason Bennett, Director of the Athletic Training Program, elected president of the California Athletic Trainers' Association


Dr. Jason BennettJason Bennett, DA, ATC, Associate Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program, was recently elected president of the California Athletic Trainers' Association (CATA). The CATA strives to improve the quality of health care for athletes, patients and clients and enhance the profession of Athletic Training, through leadership, education, and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions.

+-Coaching Self-Regulation in Young Adults with Executive Dysfuntion: Traumatic Brain Injury and Others

Dr. Mary KennedyThe Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders invites you to its monthly seminar series:

Coaching Self-Regulation in Young Adults with Executive Dysfuntion: Traumatic Brain Injury and Others

presented by Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor of Communication Science & Disorders

February 11, 2015 from 12pm - 1pm

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

500 Red Hill Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92705

Click here for more information (pdf)

+-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.

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