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Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), School of Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) at CSUSM prepares next generation educators through cutting-edge credential and graduate programs. Our programs provide opportunities for students to critically engage with issues of social justice, diversity, and digital literacies. Our faculty focuses on community-engaged scholarship to advance the field of education.


Voices Heard Through Literacy Project

By Eric Breier

Voices of Military Children and San Marcos Writing Project

Irene Diggs (School of Education, 2017-19 Distinguished Teacher in Residence) took two Stuart Mesa Elementary School students to the nearby Marine Corps Mechanized Museum on Camp Pendleton hoping it would inspire them to write for an anthology project called “Voices of Military Children.”

After visiting the museum, Diggs suggested that the three of them meet the following day to work on writing their first paragraph together.

Instead, the students were in Diggs’ office by lunch time the very day of the trip, each bringing along a paragraph they had written about their favorite part of the museum. Continue reading

Encuentros Academy Helps Put Latinos on Path to Teaching

By Eric Breier

Robert Rivas always asks the boys who attend his Encuentros Leadership Academy what they’re going to do with their college degree.

Among the common responses are pursuing a career as a lawyer, doctor or engineer.

But one profession has been noticeably absent every time he asks the question.

Encuentros Teacher Academy at CSUSM“Not once did I hear a young man – and this is nearly 400 boys put through the program – ever say, ‘I want to be a teacher,’ said Rivas, who founded Encuentros Leadership in 2003 to address the critical educational, social and economic issues impacting the quality of education and life opportunities for Latino boys. Continue reading

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