College of Education

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 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 education professionals and we continue to develop programs to reach our goal of becoming a regional comprehensive College of Education that addresses the needs of education professionals, and professionals in related fields, 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. Additionally, because our credential students are engaged in practicum experiences in public schools in the daytime, all credential coursework is offered in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Additionally, our undergraduate Liberal Studies program provides a clear pathway for undergraduate students who aspire to become elementary or special education teachers. Since the founding of the College of Education in 2014, we have started the following programs: Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies; Integrated Program that allows candidates to earn their elementary, bilingual elementary, or special education teaching credential and Bachelor's degree in four years; Bilingual Added Authorization; Master’s Degree and Credential in School Psychology; and a Master’s Degree and Credential in Educational Leadership.

2019 Teacher Pathway Program Graduates, King City, AA Degree, Hartnell College
2019 Teacher Pathway Program Graduates, King City, AA Degree, Hartnell College

An exciting initiative that the College of Education has undertaken in collaboration with regional community colleges is the Teacher Pathway Program (TPP). TPP is a collaborative effort designed to address the pervasive teacher shortage in our region by recruiting local talent. CSUMB partnered with Hartnell College, Cabrillo College, and Monterey Peninsula College to create a seamless career pathway for future teachers. TPP offers students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree at one of the partner community colleges, a Bachelor of Arts degree at CSUMB, and an elementary teaching credential (at CSUMB) as a “grow our own” effort to address the region’s teacher shortage. TPP has over 250 students enrolled with over 90% of participants identifying as Latinx, 100% are first generation, 98% low income, 100% are residents of this rural and remote region. TPP aims to eliminate barriers for participants such as; all participants are (a) given a free computing device, (b) assigned dedicated academic advisers, (c) participate in professional development workshops, and (d) receive targeted student supports that ensure success in the program. Since the inception of the program, our cohorts are achieving a two-year graduation rate of 76-84% for the Associates Degree, a much higher graduation rate than students enrolled in the traditional campus-based program.

We continue to develop 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.

The College of Education, CSUMB, Mission and Vision Statements

Through innovative teaching and scholarship, the College of Education prepares highly effective, culturally sustaining professionals who serve, engage, and transform communities and schools to promote equity and social justice.
The College of Education prepares innovative scholar-practitioners who enact culturally responsive and sustaining, evidence-based practices to cultivate lifelong learning and well-being in diverse communities.

The College of Education values:

  • Innovative, transformative, and equitable practices
  • Reflective teaching, research, and scholarship
  • Reciprocal and responsive individual, family, and community relationships
  • Local and global impact

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.

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). In addition, the College of Education is the home of MAESTROs, a program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. This Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for low income and Hispanic students.

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 Center for Educational Supports (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 and Accessibility Center (SDAC).

The Monterey Institute for English Learners (MIEL) is committed to improving the rate of English Language acquisition and academic performance of English Learners (ELs). The Institute's professional development and research agendas will inform and support public school teachers' implementation of effective practices for English Learners attending schools in the Central Coast region of California. Additionally, the work of MIEL will inform best practices in the preparation of pre-service education professionals at CSUMB. The vision is to pursue equity and excellence in the education of English Learners by supporting school districts and individual school sites to transform educational systems and practices through professional development that is grounded in research and best practices.

The collaborative Making Accessible and Effective Systems for Teacher Readiness Outcomes (MAESTROs) project between CSUMB and Hartnell College has been selected to receive five years of funding under the HSI Title V. The MAESTROs project activities are designed to expand and enhance student support structures and improve retention and graduation rates of Hispanic and low-income education pathway students to fulfill the teacher workforce needs. MAESTROs activities will focus on the following three main components:

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.