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Department Chair: Lesley Farmer

Department Assistant Chairs: Laura Portnoi

Department Coordinator: Erica Robinson

Department Office: Education (ED) 1 Room 10

Telephone: (562) 985-4517


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FAX: (562) 985-4534

Faculty: Edwin Achola, Stephen Adams, Tina Arora, Robert Berdan (Emeritus), Beverly Booker, Teresa Chen, Jennifer Coots, Jana Echevarria (Emerita), Lesley Farmer, Laura Forrest, Brandon Gamble, Bita Ghafoori, Gary Greene (Emeritus), Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Kristi Hagans, Elaine J. Haglund (Emerita), Nat Hansuvadha, Lindsay PĂ©rez Huber, A. Jean Houck (Emerita), Simon Kim, Marilyn Korostoff, Susan Leonard-Giesen, Joanne Tortorici Luna, Hiromi Masunaga, Shireen Pavri, Laura Portnoi, Kristin Powers, Paul Ratanasiripong, Ali Rezaei, Catherine Richards-Tutor, William Saltzman


The Department of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling offers graduate level course work in the following program areas: Educational Psychology, Educational Technology and Media Leadership, Social and Cultural Analysis of Education, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), School Counseling, School Psychology and Special Education/Education Specialist, as well as undergraduate service courses in life skills and other areas.

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

All CED graduate level courses (500/600) are assumed to be letter grade only (A-F) unless stated otherwise.

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts in Education with the following options:

Two Master of Science degrees are available:

MS in Counseling offers two options:

Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology


The department offers credentials in Pupil Personnel Services (School Counseling, School Psychology Internship), Education Specialist/Special Education (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe) and Teacher Librarian Services.

Required credential courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. The minimum grade point average for successful progress in the credential programs of the department is 3.0 on all units to be applied to the credential program. Students falling below 3.0 will be placed on probation. To maintain status in the credential program students must earn sufficient grade points to bring GPA back to 3.0 by the end of the regular semester following the semester in which the GPA fell below 3.0. Refer to this Catalog for policy.

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