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San Diego State University

SDSU College of Education

Dean' Statement

Welcome to San Diego State University’s College of Education. U.S. News and World Reports rates our College of Education among the top 50 public universities in the United States. As Emeritus Dean Ric Hovda noted, “This recognition is the result of our excellent preparation programs, innovative research, and collaborative partnerships.” Nonetheless, we are eager to build upon these strengths and do even more to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve, directly and indirectly. We recognize that lives will be influenced by the professionals we prepare. The quality of our work will influence the career trajectory for post-secondary students served by the community college leaders we develop; accelerate access to 21st Century technology for students and adults served by the technology specialists we train; influence the likelihood of graduation, college, and careers for elementary and secondary school students served by the teachers and administrators we educate; advance the well-being of individuals and families served by the therapists and counselors we prepare; and change the life chances of young children served by the early childhood educators we instruct. The faculty and staff of San Diego State University’s College of Education are proud to be among the nation’s best; however, we are committed to the continuous improvement of our preparation programs, our research, and our collaborative partnerships in ways that help ensure that we make a powerful difference in the lives of our students and the lives of all those served by our students.


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.

Joseph F. Johnson, Jr. Photo


Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr.


On This Page...

  • Welcome from Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Dean
  • COE Vision
  • COE Mission
  • COE Norms