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.

+-Center for Autism Monthly Seminar: Teen Vulnerabilities Associated with ASD and ADHD - July 9, 2014

Please join The Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders for the July Seminar:

Teen Vulnerabilities Associated with ASD and ADHD

Featuring, Jean Gehrickle, Ph.D. 

Jean Gehricke, Ph.D.Jean Gehricke, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine, and at the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Dr. Gehricke is a licensed clinical psychologist, who specializes in the assessment and psychotherapy of children, adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD).

July 9, 2014 
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Santa Ana, CA 92705

+-Communication Sciences and Disorders Welcomes Special Olympic Athletes

Jenny Skinner, left, and Debi Anderson, display a few of the medals they’ve won at Special Olympics.Next summer the Special Olympics World Summer Games come to Los Angeles. Some 60,000 athletes from 177 countries are expected at the world games in 2015. That’s a lot of ears, and the Chapman crew will be there to work on the Healthy Hearing team within Healthy Athletes, says Judith Montgomery, Ph.D., professor and program director of the CSD program in the College of Educational Studies.  “We’ll have all of my students active in that and a lot of alums. They love it and they recognize what a difference it makes in athletes’ lives,” says Montgomery, who’s been involved with Special Olympics as a health and hearing specialist since 1995. Chapman University will be one of the Host Towns, or residential villages, for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Service clubs and community groups interested in helping with entertainment activities for the athletes while they’re at Chapman may email Montgomery at

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+-Donald Cardinal, Ph.D., Announces his Retirement as Dean

Dean CardinalChapman University Chancellor Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D. and College of Educational Studies announce the retirement of Dean Donald N. Cardinal, Ph.D. effective at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year. Serving as Dean since 2002, Dr. Cardinal led the college through tremendous growth in students, faculty, programs and initiatives. While retiring as Dean, Dr. Cardinal will remain in the College of Educational Studies as a Professor of Education. A national search for a new dean will commence.

Read more of Chancellor Struppa’s announcement

+-Dr. Mike Madrid’s Retirement Celebration

Mike Madrid, Ph.D.Mike Madrid, Ph.D., who has served as the College of Educational Studies’ educational director since 2003, works closely with the students and faculty of the elementary, secondary, and special education teacher preparation programs, has announced his retirement. The College of Educational Studies would like to thank Dr. Madrid for all of the years of service, inspiration, and leadership he has provided to our student, faculty, and staff.

Read more about Mike's retirement celebration and to view photos from the event


+-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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