Welcome from Dean Johnson
San Diego State University’s College of Education has many strengths. Our graduates include multiple local, state, and national teachers of the year; several school district superintendents and community college presidents; and the most diverse array of counselors, therapists, and school psychologists produced by any university in the nation. Our current students are among our brightest ever, evidencing both outstanding academic potential and a deep commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of the children, youth, adults, and families they will serve. Through their cutting edge research, innovative programs, and highly respected scholarship, our faculty and staff influence positive change in our local community and state, as well as throughout our nation and world.
We have many reasons to be proud, but we have even more reasons to focus upon improving. Through our own programs, we see the powerful difference that outstanding teachers, counselors, therapists, and leaders make. We see tangible evidence of our influence on the lives that our graduates touch. At the same time, we see that there are so many more children, youth, and adults who struggle to achieve their potential. Our successes give us reason to be proud, but also give us reason to re-double our efforts so that we make even more of a difference through our academic programs, our research and scholarship, and our service to our community.
As we welcome a new academic year, we embrace the challenge of building upon our strengths so that we make an even greater difference in San Diego and throughout the world. This year our academic programs are working to ensure that our graduates will demonstrate clear evidence of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are essential to influencing positive change in the lives of the children, youth, and adults they serve. Our faculty and staff are developing and implementing practical research that will influence the improvement of early childhood centers, elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and various community entities in San Diego and beyond. We are working to become the best place in the nation to learn how to positively influence the lives of diverse populations of children and adults through careers in teaching, counseling, therapy, school psychology, and educational leadership. We accept our university’s slogan as a mandate. We truly believe “Leadership starts here!”