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  • Spring 2021 Update

    A Planning Update from Chancellor Timothy White


    "On May 12, 2020, I announced that our planning approach for the fall 2020 term would resultin courses primarily being delivered virtually, with limited exceptions for in-person activitiesthat cannot be delivered virtually, are indispensable to the university’s core mission, and canbe conducted within rigorous standards of safety and welfare.

    After extensive consultation with campus presidents and other stakeholders, and carefulconsideration of a multitude of factors – regarding the pandemic and its consequences, as well as other matters impacting the university and its operations – I am announcing that the CSU will continue with this primarily virtual instructional approach for the academic term thatbegins in January 2021, and also will continue with reduced populations in campus housing."


  • Educators for Social Justice and Equity; June 1, 2020

     June 1, 2020

    Today, Dr. Stall, Director of the School of Education shared this statement with the SOE community regarding "our efforts to educate teachers and leaders to address issues of social justice and equity. There are always serious concerns around access, equity, racism, and hatred that are integral to our responsibilities in preparing educators to work with K-12 children. We cannot be silent."

    Read the full statement from Dr. Stall and linked letter from Dr. Marvin Lynn.

  • COVID-19 Updates; May 13, 2020

    May 13, 2020

    The School of Education is is working with districts and faculty to adjust courses and clinical practice. Over the summer, we will develop plans and processes, considering access, equity, and safety concerns. Updates will be included in newsletters and posted on our website.

    Below is an excerpt from CSUSM President Ellen Neufeldt regarding online instruction for Fall 2020.

    • All lecture-based instruction will occur online in the fall. This summer, faculty will have the opportunity to engage in professional training and integrating additional online pedagogy into their courses to enhance student learning, with support from the Faculty Center and IITS.
    • For certain lab, clinical, art studio and performance-based courses, we will be seeking exceptions for a hybrid approach that includes in-person experiences, working under the guidance of the CSU as well as local and state public health officials to ensure rigorous safety measures are in place.

    Read the full statement from President Neufeldt.

    University Updates
  • Executive Order Suspending TPA, APA, RICA due to COVID-19; June 1, 2020

    A message for current Teacher Candidates. June 1, 2020

    Governor Newsom has signed an Executive Order (EO) that suspends the TPA, APA and RICA for teachers and administrators who were on track to finish their preparation this year but were unable to due to COVID-19 related school closures. You still have to meet these requirements to receive a clear credential; however, they have been postponed. We encourage you to complete these requirements as soon as circumstances allow.

    Candidates who have successfully completed all other credential requirements will be allowed, per the EO, to be recommended for the preliminary credential without having passed these assessments, and required to complete and pass them during their induction programs prior to earning a clear credential.

    If you have any questions, please contact your Program Coordinator, University Supervisor, or the SOE Office.

  • New: CSET I-III Waiver; December 2018

    December 2018

    The CSUSM Liberal Studies Elementary Subject Matter Option B.A. is now a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Approved Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Program.

    Students who finish all degree requirements for the CSUSM LBST B.A., earn a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, and graduate may utilize their coursework to meet the Elementary Subject Matter Competency requirement for Multiple Subject or Concurrent Multiple Subject/Education Specialist Credential Programs instead of taking the Multiple Subject California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs) I-III.  Note: Non-CSUSM students are not eligible to apply for this waiver.

    Continue reading: CSET I-III Waiver Information

School of Education Faculty and Program Profiles & Highlights


  • Alum Jose Melo, Teacher of the Year

    In late August, one week before the start of the school year, Jose Melo was invited to an impromptu, one-on-one Zoom meeting by the principal of Valley Center Middle School, where Melo has taught for the last eight years. 

    That’s unusual, Melo thought. Did I do something wrong? 

    Nervously, he joined the call, having no idea what to expect. The principal began talking about the dual language department that Melo teaches for, about further planning for the upcoming year. Then he threw Melo another curveball. 

    “Well, Jose,” the principal said, “there are some people who want to join this meeting.” 

    Into the Zoom windows popped the San Diego County superintendent of schools and two other officials from the county office. Melo quickly went from confused to elated when they told him that he had been named one of the five county Teachers of the Year for the elementary through high school levels. September 23, 2020

    Read More: Jose Melo

  • Margaret Morumbasi: Dean's Award Recipient

    Maggie MorumbasiMargaret Morumbasi, special education credential

    Dean’s Award, College of Education, Health and Human Services

    In a competitive field of CEHHS candidates that included undergraduate, credential, graduate and doctoral students, Morumbasi stood out for her combination of academic excellence, service and leadership.

    Drawing on her personal experiences in Kenya, Morumbasi has participated in numerous regional and national initiatives in support of individuals with disabilities in her country. Her work has contributed to the national discourse on disability awareness in Kenya.

    Morumbasi is working full-time as a special educator while simultaneously completing her credential coursework at CSUSM. She has maintained a 3.9 grade-point average and has been invaluable in sharing her knowledge gleaned through her international research on disability awareness. May 8, 2020

    Read more: University Recognizes Top 2020 Graduates

  • Ask the Experts: Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    It may seem hard to believe now, but only three weeks ago, education in the United States was business as usual. 
    Most students were going to brick-and-mortar buildings for their classes. Most college professors and all K-12 teachers were standing before rooms full of kids and young adults, delivering lectures or otherwise engaging them academically in person.
    Almost overnight, that age-old model fundamentally shifted because of the coronavirus outbreak, and in many ways, K-12 schools as well as colleges and universities are still scrambling to adjust to this new reality.  April 2, 2020

    Read more: Ask the Experts


  • San Luis Rey Elementary School (OUSD) Receives Makerspace Grant

    San Luis Rey Elementary (SLR) in partnership with California State University San Marcos was presented with a $2,000 grant to purchase more equipment for its STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) makerspace to support creativity and enhance learning in these subject areas. October 21, 2019

    Read more: Makerspace Grant

  • Dual Language Teachers Study Abroad in Spain

    Study Abroad SpainFor the past two years, 24 dual language teachers, bilingual teacher candidates and recent CSUSM graduates interested in bilingual education have integrated into Spanish life, language, and culture for a two-week stay at the University of Valladolid (UVa), Spain to broaden their didactic knowledge of the Spanish language in La Formación de Profesores de Español Como Lengua Extranjera under the guidance of CA State University San Marcos faculty lead, Dr. Ana Hernández, and co-coordinator, Lourdes Shahamiri. September 2, 2019

    Read More: Study Abroad in Spain

  • Education Professor, Christiane Wood publishes: The Literacy of Play and Innovation: Children as Makers

    Chris Wood Book"The Literacy of Play and Innovation provides a portrait of what innovative education looks like from a literacy perspective. Through an in-depth case study of a “maker” school’s innovative design–in particular, of four early childhood educator’s classrooms–this book demonstrates that children’s inspiration, curiosity, and creativity is a direct result of the school environment," said Professor Wood. February 22, 2019

    Read more: Children as Makers


  • Grant Will Help Increase Number of Latinx Teachers

    Pat StallCal State San Marcos believes that there should be more Latinx teachers in public K-12 schools.  Now the University has the money to help accomplish that very goal. Late last month, CSUSM was awarded a $2.7 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the recruitment, support and preparation of Latinx teachers. The grant is titled Project SUPPORT – which stands for Serving Underrepresented Populations Partnering for Opportunities and Rewards in Teaching – and it’s part of the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions program. October 8, 2018

    Read more: Latinx Teachers

  • Writing the Book on Video Games

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

    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. February 23, 2018

    Read more: Video Games


  • Bringing Equity to Education

    Annette Daoud... ask Dr. Annette Daoud about her biggest accomplishment, and the professor of multicultural/multilingual education at CSUSM’s School of Education doesn’t hesitate: “Preparing future teachers to become change agents,” Daoud said. “The impact I have on K-12 public education is ensuring that teachers who go through our credential program have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be socially just educators who teach all their students equitably. For every one future teacher I can help become a change agent, she or he will in turn impact the 100-plus students they teach each year in our middle and high schools.” December 15, 2017

    Read more: Equity


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