College of Educational Studies
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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.

+-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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