About CCOE

About the Charter College of Education

The Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, is committed to preparing educators to transform public schools and related community service agencies. The College offers a coordinated, transdisciplinary approach to the education of children and youth. Collaborating within the Charter College of Education and with public schools and various educational agencies in the greater Los Angeles area, the faculty prepares professionals to become learner advocates who show competence in subject matter, professional knowledge, and skills,  and are dedicated to improving the educational environment of all children and youth.

The Charter College of Education was established in 1995 by faculty and staff, who shared a bold vision for change and a commitment to the needs of the urban community. The conceptual framework, which includes the mission and vision of the College, was developed collectively by the members of the College and the community and reflects the beliefs and values of the faculty, staff, and students. The democratic structure of the SAW, or "School as a Whole," offers faculty and staff unique opportunities to investigate, examine, and respond to the challenges of preparing educators for the 21st century.

Opportunities for Student Involvement


Conceptual Framework

In an effort to support scholars in meeting their fullest potentials, the faculty, staff and community members of the College believe in a continuous examination of all programs through collaborative effort and data-driven decision-making. At the heart of its mission are the following core values:

  • Educational Equity
  • Cultural, Ability and Linguistic Diversity
  • Inclusiveness, Inquiry and Reflection
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Collaboration and Community Participation
  • Democratic Participation
  • Accountability for Learner Outcomes

CCOE Conceptual Framework

All members of the Charter College of Education take great pride in the cultural and linguistic diversity of the faculty, staff and students. They embrace the opportunity to serve the diverse urban community of Los Angeles and remain committed to social justice and the liberating power of education.

Organizational Chart
Charter College of Education Organizational Chart

The Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles was granted its special charter status in 1995 as a College of Education within a public university. The CCOE is the first and only public college of education in the nation to have the “charter” identity. This special designation was bestowed by the Cal State System and enables the college to be innovative, creative, flexible, and critically engaged in urban public education for its much needed transformation to provide inclusive education for all. Nationally recognized as a premier urban school of education, the CCOE offers undergraduate, graduate, doctorate (Ed.D and Ph.D) and credential programs in nearly 50 areas of emphasis. This includes programs in elementary and secondary teacher education, educational leadership and administration, pre K-12 special education, family-school counseling, rehabilitation services, and research, assessment and measurement. The college comprises three divisions: Applied and Advanced Studies in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Special Education and Counseling. The college features small class sizes, high-quality innovative instruction and pedagogy, and research-based practices, all of which are grounded in urban schools, classrooms, and other community settings where our graduates and community educational partners work.

Under Dean Ney's leadership and vision, the college is collectively committed to cultivate Community Engaged Collaboration through Teaching, Learning, Research, and Service. Through various forms of community engaged collaborations, the CCOE aims to become a national model for a college of education that strives to transform urban education and demonstrate ways to close the achievement gap in a systematic and sustainable manner, thus making a positive and humanistic impact within the community.

The Charter College of Education’s accreditations cover both initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

Accredited by:

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Counseling Related Programs (CACREP)
International Literacy Association (ILA)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
All Credential Programs are Approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing


Graduate Student Profile
The Charter College of Education is predominantly a graduate professional school that comprises about 8% of the university enrollment of 21,280 students and 43% of the university graduate student enrollment. The school enrollment of 1,700 students is culturally diverse with a student population that is approximately 57% Latino, 16% Caucasian, 12% Asian/Pacific Islander, 5% African-American, 1% American-Indian and 9% Unknown/International students. In addition, about 5% of the student population comes from out-of-state or foreign institutions.

Clinical Experiences
All professional preparation programs at the CCOE, require early and frequent field-based experiences to allow students to gain experiences and transfer theories into practices. The sequence of activities that comprise field experiences may take any of the following forms:

  • Observation and participation in classrooms at school sites
  • Student teaching
  • Clinical experiences under the supervision of teachers and practitioners on-site
  • Graduate field work for advanced credentials and master's degree programs
  • Carefully selected and trained university clinical supervisors collaborate to provide continuous support and feedback to students and to conduct evaluation of performances

In 2012, the Chancellor of the California State University system granted the second 10-year renewal of the special charter status to the College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, establishing it as a center for reform efforts and providing its faculty with flexibility in developing new programs to meet the changing needs of schools. The goals of its faculty are to:

  • Create collaborative programs that interact successfully with schools
  • Prepare teachers who are well grounded in subject matter and teaching methods
  • Prepare and support professionals who value inquiry in their own learning and teaching and are learner advocates who value diversity
  • Measure the effectiveness of teaching practices in the "real world" or classrooms
  • Use technology as a means of transforming schools
  • Conduct research that leads to positive changes in teaching practices
  • Close the achievement gap for low income, culturally and linguistically diverse children