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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Three New 4-Year ITEP Pathways Approved

The EBA building.
Three new integrated programs have been approved by the California State University that will allow San Diego State University students to earn a bachelor's degree and teacher's credential simultaneously in just four years. Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) pathways in multiple subjects, mathematics and chemistry will be available starting in fall 2020.

Read the full story at SDSU NewsCenter.

Learn more about ITEP at teach.sdsu.edu.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Meet COE’s New Associate Dean for Diversity and International Affairs

Dr. Cristian Aquino-Sterling

On August 22, Dr. Cristian Aquino-Sterling will become the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity and International Affairs in the College of Education. The position represents a first not only for the COE, but for San Diego State University — both in having a dedicated administrator focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at the college level, and in its blending of diversity and international affairs responsibilities.

Aquino-Sterling brings perspective relevant to both aspects of the dual role. Born in the Dominican Republic, he came to the United States as an adolescent and attended public school in Manhattan. After pursuing undergraduate degrees in philosophy and Spanish literature at Fordham University, he obtained a master’s degree in Hispanic cultural studies and literatures at Columbia University, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Arizona State University.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Master’s Student’s Graduation Photo Goes Viral, Reaches CNN

CSP graduate student Erica Alfaro and her parents.
The photo of CSP master's student Erica Alfaro and her parents that went viral.

It was three days after the San Diego State University College of Education commencement ceremony and Erica Alfaro was going about her business as usual. More than a week had passed since she had posted her graduation photo on Instagram — a remarkable shot of her posing in cap and gown in a strawberry field alongside her farmworker parents. She’d seen the hundreds of likes, given a few subsequent media interviews and then moved on with her life.

It was at a meeting of the public speaking organization Toastmasters International on May 22 that Alfaro, who is finishing up her Hybrid Online MA in Education with a Concentration in Counseling program this summer, realized something was up.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lamb Named 2019-20 Recipient of Alumni Faculty Award

Alumni Award recipient Dr. Lisa Lamb


Upon opening the notification e-mail, Lisa Lamb was sure someone, somewhere, had made a mistake. She even went back and re-read the message, just to be sure. But there’s no mistaking it: Lamb, Qualcomm Endowed Professor of Mathematics Education, has been named the College of Education’s 2019-2020 recipient of the Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the University.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

VIDEO: Meet COE’s Outstanding Graduates for 2019

collage of graduates

Each year at Commencement, the College of Education chooses Outstanding Graduates from each of its departments. Learn more about the accomplished students from our Class of 2019 who will be on stage with their most influential faculty members during the ceremony at Viejas Arena on May 19.

COE Grads 2019: A Doubly Powerful Example

Class of 2019 grads Froylán and Ernesto Villanueva
Froylan (left) and Ernesto Villanueva. 


Dr. Froylán Villanueva just became the first person in his family to earn an Ed.D. Of course, that may be something of a technicality — he defended his dissertation just one hour before his younger brother Dr. Ernesto Villanueva.

“For purposes of accuracy, he was before me," says Ernesto with a smile.

That the brothers would take on this challenge — the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership with a PK-12 concentration at San Diego State University — together shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

COE Grads 2019: Pain and Perseverance

Class of 2019 grad Marina Sanchez


Many people would have been broken by the past few years Marina Sanchez just endured. The unimaginable heartbreak, the hardship, the misfortune. But Sanchez wasn’t.

Instead, she will don a cap and gown on Sunday and receive her bachelor’s degree in child and family development from San Diego State.

COE Grads 2019: A New Beginning


Cecilia Chung is looking forward to her second commencement ceremony at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena — and a second chance at fulfilling her dream to be a teacher.

Chung’s first graduation day, as she received her bachelor’s degree in music education in 2006, was a bit of a blur. At the time she had young children in tow and an uncertain professional career on the horizon. This time, she’ll celebrate receiving her bilingual multiple-subject credential with her husband and two grown children cheering her on — and exciting possibilities in her future.

COE Grads 2019: Home at Last

Class of 2019 grad Selena Mrkonja.


Selena Mrkonja has gained a lot from her student teaching experience at San Diego State — including, for the first time in her life, a true sense of belonging.

“I had these two twins from Afghanistan (in my class) who didn't speak a word of English and by the time I left, they were having full conversations,” said Mrkonja, who will graduate from her credential program in the School of Teacher Education (STE) this weekend before diving right into her M.A. in teaching in STE’s summer program.

“Look at this impact you can make. You're just one little person, but it makes all the difference in the world to be the adult in someone's life when there's nowhere else to turn."

Maybe it’s because Mrkonja can put herself in those students’ shoes. She’s been in them before.

COE Grads 2019: Building Trust

Class of 2019 grad Cassandra Drake


As she started her teaching career in 2007, Dr. Cassandra Drake thought herself well-prepared to teach in a multicultural classroom. After all, she’d taken a course in multicultural education while earning her multiple stubject credential. It wasn’t until she started her first full-time position at a Sikh charter school in West Sacramento that she realized how much she didn’t know.

“I didn't have it covered — not at all,” Drake recalls. “I started to realize you can't just have multiculturalism or understanding diversity as this checklist you go through. And I had to start realizing that it wasn't like, 'Oh, I'm here to give back to this community.' No, if you are not from that community then you can’t actually ‘give back.’

“So you have to really invest yourself 100 percent and build trust. If children don't trust you, it's going to be really hard to teach them."

New Clinic Fills Gaps for Early Childhood Mental Health

Dr. Lisa Linder (left) and graduate student Briana Bashaw-Wood.
Dr. Lisa Linder and graduate student Briana Bashaw-Wood at the clinic.


In San Diego County’s most vulnerable communities, individuals seeking mental health services for their young children often deal with long waitlists caused by a lack of early childhood therapists. And because of this shortage, San Diego State University has often struggled to find quality early childhood mental health placements with supervisors trained in early childhood.

Into those voids stepped Dr. Lisa Linder, assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Development (CFD). Supported by philanthropic funding, Linder was able to open an Early Childhood Mental Health Clinic last fall. Operating out of the Dede Alpert Center for Community Engagement in the City Heights neighborhood, the center has helped meet the community’s need for mental health services for families and children from pre-natal to 8-years-old.

Ask an Alum: Don Dumas ’10, ’16

SDSU alumnus Don Dumas


Don Dumas ’10, ’16 holds a few different titles at Bonita Vista High School. The graduate of SDSU’s single-subject teacher credential program and Master’s in Teaching Online Program is a history teacher, a varsity boys’ basketball coach and — as of two months ago — Teacher of the Year in Sweetwater Union High School District. We recently sat down with Don to discuss his path from a disaffected high school student to a mentor who inspires young people every day.

Honors and Achievements, May 2019

Honors and achievements graphic
The College of Education is delighted to congratulate the following members of the COE family for their recent achievements:

Thursday, April 11, 2019

STE Faculty Member Earns SDUSD Teacher of the Year Honor

Lecturer Kris Rodenberg

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Dr. Kris Rodenberg vividly recalls bounding home from Kindergarten at age 5 and lining up her dolls in front of a blackboard in a laundry room.

The lesson for the day? Whatever she had learned in class.

"Instead of playing house with my dolls, I played school,” said Rodenberg, a lecturer in the San Diego State University School of Teacher Education. “I think I always wanted to be a teacher."

COE professor named to statewide Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board

Dr. Check Degeneffe


Dr. Charles Degeneffe made researching and teaching about traumatic brain injury rehabilitation his life’s work in part because he was fascinated by the perilously thin line between professional and client.

"If you were my client with a traumatic brain injury, I could easily be in your position in one second if I go home and get in a car accident, or if I trip and hit my head,” said Degeneffe, professor in rehabilitation counseling in the San Diego State University College of Education and coordinator of the No. 4-ranked Rehabilitation Counseling Program. “I always find that to be a humbling thing."