»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 teaching program 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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    Students may apply for the IES major when applying to attend Chapman University. The IES major is an “open” major, so current students may declare it any time at the Registrar’s Office.


    IES Student Handbook (.pdf)

    Course Descriptions (.pdf)

    School Emphasis

    Community Emphasis


  • Dr. Kimberly White-Smith is the Associate Dean of Educator Development and Associate Professor in the College of Educational Studies. She received her Doctor of Education degree in Learning and Instruction from the University of Southern California.  Dr. White-Smith’s Master of Arts in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction is from Teachers College, Columbia University; her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and minor in African American Studies was completed at the University of California, Berkeley.

    A former elementary school teacher, Dr. White-Smith has expertise in integrated curriculum design and instruction. In addition, she has extensive experience in creating, implementing, and evaluating exemplary models of teacher professional development. Dr. White-Smith honed these skills through her work with the Los Angeles Educational Partnership (LAEP); National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University; University of Southern California; California State University, Dominguez Hills; and consulting with private education foundations. Dr. White-Smith participates in a number of scholarly activities that serve to identify strategies that promote academic achievement for traditionally underserved students.


  • Scholarships for students in the College of Educational Studies are one of the areas of greatest need. Plese visit the Student Scholarships page to find out different areas of student support you can donate to!
  • For questions, please contact:

    Crystal De La Riva, Administrative Assistant
    delariva@chapman.edu or 714-997-6788