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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.

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Writing the Book on Video Games

By David Ogul

Sinem Siyahhan is shedding new light on the old adage “a family that plays together, stays together.”

Taking a decade of research into the learning and bonding that occur when families play video games together, the assistant professor of educational technology and learning sciences in the School of Education at Cal State San Marcos teamed with fellow researcher Elisabeth Gee in compiling a new book, “Families at Play: Connecting and Learning Through Video Games” (MIT Press, 2018) that underscores how gaming favorites from Halo to Minecraft can be tools for connection rather than barriers isolating different generations. Continue reading

Dr. Siyahhan

Alumna Earns Superintendent of the Year Award

By David Ogul

The one constant in Dr. Katie McNamara’s three-decade career as an educator has been an unflinching commitment to equity. Which is why the superintendent of the South Bay Union School District opted to pursue her Ed.D. in educational leadership at Cal State San Marcos.

“I really love that Cal State San Marcos is committed to social justice and serving a diverse community,” McNamara said. “It was a perfect fit for me.”

Her experiences through the Joint Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program offered in partnership with UC San Diego played a critical role in McNamara’s recent selection as Superintendent of the Year for San Diego and Imperial counties by the Association of California School Administrators. The group praised McNamara’s passion for excellence in all students, for opening opportunities to achieve regardless of a child’s background or circumstances, and for inspiring everyone in the district – from parents to principals and from bus drivers to accounting clerks – to share in that commitment. Continue reading

Katie McNamara

Better Together: California Teachers Summit

To meet each student’s needs, teachers know how important it is to personalize learning. These tailored strategies give students voice and choice in their learning, increasing engagement and generating better outcomes. But what do these tailored strategies look like in the classroom? To personalize learning effectively, teachers need to experience it for themselves.

On July 27, the fourth annual BetterTogether: California Teachers Summit will bring new and seasoned teachers together at 30+ locations across the state to strengthen our teacher network, share resources and experience what it looks like to personalize learning for ourselves. The Summit will feature TED-style EdTalks presented by teacher leaders and a choice of discussions in an Edcamp format led by teachers, for teachers. This format encourages peer-to-peer dialogue and empowers teachers to lean into their own learning. Continue reading

Better Together 2018


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As a leader in higher education, the 23-campus California State University is committed to ensuring academic opportunities are available to all the state's students, regardless of citizenship status.

If you are an undocumented student, there are many resources available to you - from grants, loans and scholarships to legal and campus support services. Resources for undocumented students


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