Welcome from Dean Johnson
Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year! The prior year was filled with the accomplishments of our students, alumni, staff, and faculty. It is not surprising that U.S. News and World Reports ranked the SDSU College of Education as the best college of education in San Diego County, the best in the California State University System, #8 in California, #51 among public universities nationwide, and #69 among all U.S. colleges and universities. Our students are talented, committed individuals who passionately seek to make a difference in the lives of those they will serve. Employers are eagerly hiring and promoting our graduates to serve as teachers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and administrators. Our faculty members include dedicated scholars and teachers who acquired over $20 million in contracts and grants that enable us to provide valuable services and cutting-edge research that influences the quality of life for thousands of individuals locally and around the globe; and our top-notch staff members keep our systems running efficiently and effectively.
As we look forward to the new academic year, it is important to acknowledge the huge responsibility that accompanies our accomplishments. Preschool centers, schools, community colleges, and other public agencies are depending upon us to produce excellent teachers, counselors, therapists, and administrators who can make a positive difference for their richly diverse communities. We are well positioned to serve as a national model, producing professionals who know how to create environments that make diverse populations of students, clients, and families feel valued, capable, and respected. We must continue striving to be a national model, producing graduates who lead by modeling an ethic of care, while demonstrating the ability to elevate the quality of their own efforts and the efforts of colleagues through meaningful collaboration, focused on evidence of effectiveness.
I am very proud to be part of our College of Education. I take pride in our accomplishments and I take pride in our efforts to continue growing and improving.
We keep striving 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. I am inspired by the commitment of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. It is an honor to work with you as we begin a new academic year.