Welcome to the College of Education

DID YOU KNOW that Teaching Credential Candidates prepared at CSUMB have a 98.9% job placement rate? Candidates who complete their teaching credential at CSUMB have the highest job placement rate in the CSU!

On behalf of our faculty and staff, I’d like to welcome you to the College of Education at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB). I hope you will enjoy exploring our newly revamped website and that you will find the information you are seeking.

The College of Education was founded Summer 2014 but we have long-standing programs that have been a part of CSUMB since its founding in 1994. We currently offer programs for aspiring teachers but our goal is to become a regional comprehensive College of Education that addresses the needs of education professionals in our Tri-County service area (Monterey, Santa Cruz, & San Benito), the Central Coast, and the state.

Some of our programs are delivered fully online, others use a hybrid model of course delivery as well as traditional face-to-face courses. Our Credential and Masters programs use a cohort model that supports a learning community for students.

Teacher Pathway Program - University Center

2017 Teacher Pathway Program

Additionally, our undergraduate Liberal Studies program provides a clear pathway for undergraduate students who aspire to become elementary teachers. Since the founding of the College of Education we have started the following programs; Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies; Master’s Degree and Credential in School Psychology; and Master’s Degree and Credential in Educational Leadership.

We currently are developing a number of other programs designed to address the educational needs of our region. All faculty who teach in the College of Education are experienced practitioners who are committed to their students’ success.

main quad, liberal studies building and flag pole

During the current 2017-2018 Academic Year, the College of Education faculty and staff have engaged in revising the vision, mission, and core values for the college. We will update our website once these are finalized and approved. Because our work is continually evolving as we strive to continually improve our programs and practice, collectively, we will continue to work in our strategic planning that will ultimately drive future direction and resource allocations for the College of Education.

As we proceed in our strategic planning, we will continue to engage all faculty and staff as well as key community stakeholders to ensure that our work remains vibrant and relevant in addressing the needs of our community.

CSUMB College of Education programs have a distinctive reputation for innovation and excellence. I encourage you to explore the program information available on the department websites, or click on these links to learn more about the specific program:

The College of Education is committed to serving the schools and communities in our region and beyond. The Education & Leadership Department houses three distinct Centers; the Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction (Reading Center); the Center for Educational Supports (CES); and the Monterey Institute for English Learners (MIEL).

The Reading Center focuses on reading assessment, instruction, research, and professional development related to reading and literacy development. The Reading Center serves as a training site for pre-service students enrolled in the various programs we offer at Cal State Monterey Bay. The Reading Center provides service to the local community through a range of diagnostic & tutorial services related to reading. It also links with schools and community based organizations to support ongoing literacy efforts.

The CES Clinic serves as an education and training site for the graduate students in the school psychology program. The graduate students conduct psychological and educational evaluations of children and youth (aged 3 to 22 years) to address referral questions from parents/caregivers and or schools. This service to the community is vital as there is an extreme shortage of school psychologists in our tri-county region. The current ratio of students to school psychologists is three times higher in our region than is recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists. Additionally, as a service to the University, the Clinic will provide low-cost evaluations for students with, or suspected of having, disabilities who attend CSUMB and are referred by Student Disability Resources.

We take pride in the quality of our programs, the success of our students, and our impact on education at the regional and state levels, the College maintains a commitment to continuous program improvement to address the needs of our region.

Whether you are a prospective or current student, a College of Education alumnus, a professional colleague, or a community member or supporter, we welcome your inquiries and your feedback.

Mil Gracias,

Jose Luis Alvarado, Ph.D.

Professor & Founding Dean

College of Education

Cal State Monterey Bay


Phone: (831) 582-5170

Email: coe@csumb.edu