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San Diego State University

SDSU College of Education

Dean Johnson

Dean's Statement

Welcome to the 2017-18 Academic Year! U.S. News and World Report now ranks our SDSU College of Education as one of the nation’s top colleges of education. I am tremendously proud of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni for their many efforts that have influenced the attainment of this distinction. Dozens of SDSU faculty members are influencing policy and practice from the schoolhouse to the White House. Practical research from our College is influencing early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education in ways that enhance the life opportunities of diverse populations of students throughout the nation. Our talented staff members are helping us utilize cutting-edge technology, make data- based decisions, and reach out to new groups of students. Because of the outstanding teaching provided by our full- and part-time faculty, the moment our students graduate, employers from around the state and the nation are eager to offer our students excellent career opportunities. Our alumni continue to achieve local, state, and national recognition for their remarkable work as teachers, counselors, therapists, school psychologists, and administrators. As well, our alumni and friends continue to contribute to scholarship funds, program accounts, and endowments that help enhance our pursuit of excellence for every student we serve. I feel very fortunate to be part of such an amazing team of committed individuals.

While I am proud of our collective work, I know that few of us engage in these efforts only to improve a national ranking. In contrast, I know that many of us are driven by a sincere commitment to serve our community and our profession. We seek to make a powerful difference in the lives of the children, youth, and families that we have the privilege to serve. We seek to ensure that all of the wonderfully diverse populations that our graduates will serve have full access to the American Dream. We recognize that we are uniquely positioned to influence the future, because we prepare the leaders who will shape programs and systems in ways that will improve the futures of generations to come. We take our SDSU slogan seriously: Leadership Starts Here.

Our commitment to serve has influenced our high national ranking, yet it is more important than any ranking. Our accomplishments are significant, but what makes us a great College of Education is our commitment to accomplish even more in the lives of our students and in the lives of the individuals our students will serve.


Dr. Joseph F. Johsnon, Jr.

Dean, College of Education




The College of Education produces effective professionals, new knowledge through research and inquiry, and partnerships with the field of practice that make a difference in the lives of the people served.


The College of Education prepares effective professionals for a variety of societal service delivery and leadership roles across a range of settings including schools, post secondary institutions, social service agencies, and vocational rehabilitation organizations. The College contributes to the knowledge base in both educational theory and practice through professional inquiry and scholarship. The College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, to increase institutional effectiveness, and to promote social justice.

This vision and mission rest upon eight central tenets we believe are essential to the College of Education’s relevance in the 21st century:

Access to a Quality Education

A belief that access to a quality public education for all individuals is an essential and necessary condition of a democratic society and is critical in promoting social and economic justice for individuals, families, communities, and our nation;

Uniqueness of Individuals

A fundamental respect for the uniqueness of all individuals and confidence in their ability to learn and grow, whether they are the professionals we prepare or the clients they serve;

Excellence in Teaching

A belief in the central role that excellence in teaching plays in the mission of the college—an excellence reflected in the quality of our graduates that is measured against the highest professional standards;


A belief that diversity—including its multicultural and multilingual character—provides a rich venue for scholarship and reflective practice from which findings of state and national, if not international importance can be developed;


The belief that thoughtful scholarship is an efficient method for identifying effective practice which can be implemented to improve the quality of life in our community;


The belief in the capacity of technology as a tool to improve the quality of the learning environments we provide as well as increasing the universal access our students have to it;

Strategic Partnerships

A belief that the field of practice can be improved through the development and application of knowledge and use of strategic partnerships to facilitate positive change;

Community of Learners

The belief that the College is a community of learners encompassing not only the students we serve and their clients but also our faculty, staff, and administrators.

College of Education Norms

I take 100% responsibility.
I neither make excuses nor cast blame.

I seek equity of voice.
I participate, I support, I listen and I perform and contribute in a manner that encourages others to do the same.

I am willing to talk about sensitive issues.
I encourage dialogue and am prepared to discuss sensitive issues.

I listen for understanding.
I neither interrupt nor participate in secondary conversations.  I will go directly to the source for information and problem resolution.

I appreciate the strengths and contributions of others.
I need, I want and I value the strengths and contributions of others.

I bring positive energy and encouragement to the team.
I contribute positively; I have high expectations of others and I contribute synergy to the team.

I commit to the mission of the College.
I support and implement the mission; I actively encourage others to do the same.

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  • Dean's Statement
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  • COE Norms