Message From the Dean

Message From the Dean

Photo of the Dean of Cal State LA, Charter College of EducationWelcome to the Charter College of Education (CCOE)! Our historic mission continues with the preparation of education professionals, at the entry level to the leadership level, to serve children, youth and families in the urban setting. In the 21st century, a career in education may lead you into teaching, counseling, educational research, educational technology, or educational leadership at a school site, district or in other venues. The CCOE offers opportunities for you to get ready for an exciting career in education or for the next step in the profession!

In California, entry into teaching requires a baccalaureate degree and a teaching credential. The CCOE offers an undergraduate degree, Urban Learning, which leads to a teaching credential in elementary school or special education. For those interested in the high school setting, a baccalaureate degree in an area of interest is required (English, History, Math, Science, Music, Art, etc.). The CCOE offers the post-baccalaureate single subject credential program that prepares you as a high school teacher. In many cases, you’ll find that the CCOE offers a credential program that leads to a Master’s Degree in Education or Special Education. And there’s more opportunity to specialize-- the CCOE offers additional certificates and authorizations in bilingual education, reading and literacy, educational technology, storytelling, educational therapy, and host of other specialties.

The CCOE offers professional preparation for an array of school counseling professions at the Master’s degree level that includes applied behavior analysis, school psychology, family based school counseling and rehabilitation counseling. These degree programs offer a curriculum that combines courses with internships in the clinical setting and may lead to the pupil personnel services credential. Also, for those interested in entry level positions, the CCOE offers the only baccalaureate degree in rehabilitation services in the State of California!

For those of you in your mid-career and looking for professional learning opportunities, the CCOE prepares school site leaders and district level leaders, educational researchers, education technology specialists, as well as leaders for community colleges and the university setting. The M.A. in Educational Administration is combined with a preliminary credential in Administrative services for those seeking to prepare as Assistant Principals or Principals. The applied doctorate in educational leadership (Ed.D.) offers two specializations, one in K-12 and the other in post-secondary leadership. Since 1969, the college has offered the joint Ph.D. program in Special Education with UCLA.  

Know that CCOE faculty are leaders in their fields --highly qualified, motivated, and deeply committed to preparing you to be a skilled, caring, and inclusive educator. They have developed curricula and crafted instruction that prepares you to meet your goals --anchored in theory and research, but rooted in professional practice and social justice, allowing you to address the challenges and needs of all learners.

The CCOE has earned accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). We are nationally recognized as one of the premier urban public comprehensive universities that prepares outstanding and caring educators, counselors, and educational leaders to work effectively for diverse urban communities.

Whether you’re a prospective student considering a career in education, or someone exploring the CCOE, please contact us to learn more. We invite you to become a part of the vibrant CCOE community!