Dean's Welcome

Since 1964, Sonoma State University has excelled in preparing effective teachers, administrators, and other school professionals. The School of Education offers Teacher Credential programs in Multiple Subject, Single Subjects, and Special Education. We also have a dynamic Early Childhood Studies major that prepares students to become knowledgeable and caring professionals who are committed to contributing to a just society through high-quality education and social service for all children and families. In addition, we offer advanced credentials and master's programs in Reading and Language; Administrative Services; Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; Early Childhood Education; Special Education; and Educational Leadership. Our degree programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and our credential programs are approved by California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Our educators and staff take pride in offering individualized and small group experiences for our teacher candidates and degree program students. Our programs are rigorous, focused, personalized, and highly regarded by both students and the wider educational community. Our field placements are carefully chosen to be in some of the best places for our students to learn about teaching and learning. Our faculty’s research agendas help create the best teachers in California and give our students opportunities to actively participate in exploring real-world solutions for tomorrow’s classrooms.

We in the School of Education help meet the employment needs of public schools in the North Bay and beyond by preparing new teachers and school leaders and helping educators continue their own growth and learning. Our regional Educator Job Fair, held on campus annually in the Spring, connects local schools and districts with job candidates. We are improving the diversity of the teacher workforce in California with collaborative initiatives like our PUERTA and La Promesa/The Promise programs. For current educators, we provide opportunities for professional growth such as the Nexus Interdisciplinary Program for Elementary Teachers, and the Maker Educator Certificate Program.

Children begin school each Fall looking for the caring, skilled guidance of the best teachers and early childhood professionals we can provide. I hope that you as a prospective student come join us in the fulfilling life of helping students learn and grow.  Become one of these teacher-leaders.

Dr. David England

Interim Dean, School of Education