Dean's Welcome

Since 1964, Sonoma State University has excelled in preparing effective teachers, administrators and other school professionals. Here on our website, you will find a variety of programs including Teacher Credential programs in Multiple and Single Subjects, a new Early Childhood Studies major, Special Education, Educational Leadership and highly valued and critical master's programs (Reading and Language, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Educational Leadership).

We pride ourselves in advising, teaching, and scholarly research that emphasizes individualized and small group experiences for our candidates. I encourage you to visit us—to meet our students and faculty. You will find that our programs are rigorous, focused, personalized, and highly regarded by both students and the community. In addition, you will find that our field placements are carefully chosen to be in some of the best places to learn about teaching and learning. While we are accredited both through our National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and the State of California Commission Teacher Credentialing (CTC), we remain financially viable option when compared to other universities.

This is a critical time to engage in the field of education in California. It is clear that, if we are to narrow the achievement gaps among socioeconomic groups, we need to help all students develop the skills they need to support themselves and be active participants in the future. To do so, we need to develop educational practices that are consistently engaging and preparing students to enter a world filled with technology and social change. Review our conceptual framework as it represents what we believe about education, teaching and learning.

Yes, these are difficult times in the public sector with limited budgets and layoffs. But please understand that most pink-slipped teachers get rehired by the same district and that there is a large retirement bubble about to hit in the next few years, thereby predicting a critical need for teachers. Children begin school each fall looking for the gentle, caring and skilled guidance of the best teachers we can provide.  Be one of these teachers. I hope that you as a prospective student come join us in your pursuit of the fulfilling life of helping students learn and grow.

Carlos Cuauhtémoc Ayala
Dean and Professor