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Commencement News

Telemundo, NBC and Hispanos Press reported on the story of Cal State LA’s oldest grad, a grandmother getting her doctorate at the Charter College of Education.

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Photo of Dr. Feliza I. Ortiz-LiconThe CCOE is excited to announce that Dr. Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon will serve as the CCOE commencement speaker for 2017!

Dr. Ortiz-Licon is a member of the Board for the California Department of Education, Senior Director of K-16 Education at the National Council of La Raza,
and alumnae of the Joint Ed.D. program with UC Irvine and Charter College of Education at Cal State LA.

We look forward to hearing her words of wisdom, advice, and inspiration!

The CCOE commencement was held May 22, 2017, at 6 p.m.

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Photo of Berenice Onofre VasquezUniversity Times features story on CCOE grad walking in 2017 Commencement. Seventy year-old grandmother to earn Doctor of Education at CCOE - student success inspires many. To read more, visit:

April 11, 2017 - In the wake of a devastating shooting that took place at a school site in San Bernardino, Dr. Emily Hernandez, from the CCOE School-Based Family Counseling Program in the Division of Special Education and Counseling, was interviewed by FOX 11 News. She spoke about the needs of children and families during times of crisis. To view one of her two interviews, click here:

Zetlin on Teaching Exceptional Learners

Andrea Zetlin, Ed. D., professor emerita in the CCOEDivision of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles, was recently featured in an article in CSU News, "Teaching Those Who Teach Exceptional Learners." To read, visit:

January 5, 2017 – Dr. Lynn Mahoney, Cal State LA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced today that after serving for more than a year in an interim capacity, Dr. Cheryl Ney will be named dean of the Charter College of Education effective February 1. Dean Ney has served Cal State LA admirably in several roles, joining the university first in 2009 as Associate Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, and also as Associate Provost and Interim Provost. Under her leadership, the campus received WASC re-accreditation, converted to semesters, and successfully met ambitious graduation rate goals established by the CSU in 2010. To read the full announcement, Click Here to View the CCOE Dean Announcement.

January 25, 2017 – Cal State LA’s University Times covers announcement of Dr. Cheryl Ney’s appointment as Dean of the Charter College of Education. Click here to read the full story.

Pebdani Part of Cal State LA
Researchers to Receive Federal Grant

Dr. Roxanna Pebdani of the CCOE Division of Special Education and Counseling is part of an interdisciplinary team at Califonia State University, Los Angeles that has been awarded a $600, 000 grant from the federal government to research the exercise needs of wheelchair users, specifically those with traumatic spina cord injuries.
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February, 2017 – Vince Fazzi, Jr., who received his Master’s degree and credential as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist at Cal State L.A., was recently featured in a news story on KTLA, demonstrating how, as an O&M specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, he teaches a visually impaired student to navigate independently. Fazzi, who serves as an adjunct professor at the CCOE, is also the son of CCOE Associate Dean Diane Fazzi. The news story showcases the many different ways our graduates serve the public good. To see the interview, click here.

February 6, 2017 - Apply today for The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research. The MTPCCR is a joint program of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The program encourages minority master’s students and health professionals to consider a doctorate and provides information on how to do it. Click here for additional information and applications on the MTPCCR.

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