Projects, Initiatives, & Centers

On this page: Learn about COE-based programs, projects, centers, institutes, and initiatives which are housed within COE or one of its departments and may additionally partner with non-COE entities.

Acknowledging, recording, retelling, and addressing African American graduate students’ experiences is important to their success in higher education. One of the key elements to student success is mentorship. From preschool to college, Black students demonstrate positive academic outcomes in environments where they are supported by healthy mentoring villages. Learn more about the African American Mentoring Program.

CEBER examines structural, social, and linguistic conditions that hinder or promote the advancement of democratic schooling and educational social justice for all students. CEBER aims to bring together scholars and education and community leaders to assist in the advancement of knowledge regarding biliteracy and equity issues.

CCCE is a non-profit community center providing low-cost counseling services to individuals, couples, and families in San Diego. CCCE is a counselor training facility operated by San Diego State University (SDSU) offering hands-on education for pre-licensed graduate students in the fields of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Community-based Counseling. Counselors are supervised by licensed therapists and members of SDSU’s Counseling and School Psychology faculty.

CESCaL promotes excellence in the
field of school counseling and helps school counseling professionals to design, implement, and evaluate their school counseling programs.  

CRMSE is dedicated to  advancing mathematics and science education at local, state, and national levels. We are a an interdisciplinary community of scholars at San Diego State University engaged in research, curriculum development and dissemination, publications, presentations, and leadership roles in the community. and satisfaction. CRMSE faculty active collaborate across 6 departments in both the College of Sciences and the College of Education.

  • Phone: 619-594-1371 or -4553
  • Faculty Contact (email): Randolph Philipp
  • Mail Code: 1153
  • Location: 6475 Alvarado Rd. Suite 206 (off campus)
  • COE home department: School of Teacher Education, working in partnership with the SDSU College of Sciences.
  • Learn more about CRMSE.

The mission of CTCTC is to advance performance and productivity in diverse communities by enhancing critical and creative thinking in schools. The Center’s rationale for enhancing creativity concerns society’s need for creative solutions as well as the individual’s personal growth and satisfaction.

The Center for Visual Literacies at SDSU focuses on 2 related goals:

  1. Improving student learning through visually integrated teaching practices
  2. Exploring the potential of visuals as data and for data analysis in qualitative inquiry.

The need for applying methodologies that deal with non-text/non-verbal data is high, particularly at a time when cultural mediation is dominated by image-based communication and in an area like San Diego with a high population of English learners.

CSESA is is a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-based and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum.

CPIE provides research-based information on cultural competencies for education professionals who are preparing teachers to work with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Phone: 619-594-0546
  • Faculty Contact (email): Tanis Starck
  • Mail Code: 1154
  • Location: EBA 431
  • COE home department: This project is sponsored by the College of Education.
  • Learn more about the Cultural Proficiency Institute.

The Interwork Institute and its home department, ARPE, promote the integration of all individuals, including those with disabilities, into all aspects of education, work, family, and community life. The Institute conducts research, training, and education using a variety of strategies including distance learning technologies.

The San Diego State University Mathematics/Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) is a collaboration between the College of Education and the College of Sciences to significantly increase single subject credential recommendations in mathematics and science.

The National Center for the Twenty-first Century Schoolhouse supports the planning, design, and construction of learner-centered school facilities through communication, research, and training.

Transformation requires sustained, dedicated engagement focused upon the real problems of practice that plague urban districts. It requires support grounded in high quality research that illuminates the context-sensitive variables that influence success. It requires unwavering focus on real results that signal real changes in the academic lives of children.

The National Center for Urban School Transformation is designed to meet this challenge and provide such support.

The Native American and Indigenous Scholars Collaborative (NAISC) supports the preparation of Master's level graduate students in school counseling and Specialist level graduate students in school psychology committed to serving Native American children with high incidence disabilities.

Working in cross-cultural urban field sites and in partnership with rural sites with high Native American populations, students learn and use specialized knowledge to differentiate difference from disability, and to help design, deliver, and evaluate culturally appropriate pedagogical, psychological, counseling, and intervention services.

The mission of the PACS (Parents And Caregivers in Services) Lab is to improve services for diverse children, adolescents, and families served in community settings.

Our lab focuses on promoting family participation and collaboration with child service providers and organizations.

The Pathways Service Learning Office promotes careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among San Diego State University students. Each participating student is placed at a local elementary, middle, or high school in a low-income community as a tutor. Students can earn credits and money while helping underserved communities.

Since 1983, the SDSU Pre-College Institute has set up partnerships between federally funded TRIO programs, public schools and academic departments/research units at the university. The Institute has integrated 3 existing federally funded programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound Classic, and Upward Bound STAR/Classic) to serve underrepresented students and their teachers in low-income neighborhoods.


Project BEAMS (Behavioral, Emotional and Mental Health Supports in Schools) works to improve preservice preparation of school psychologists (SP) and special educators (SE) to serve diverse students with behavioral, emotional, and mental health challenges in California's public schools.

Project LEARN Webpage

The program supports the development of Master Teaching Fellows.

Faculty Contact: Lisa Lamb

Email: [email protected]

The mission of The SDSU Literacy Center is to facilitate literacy experiences that empower K-12 students and educators. We strive to impact individuals’ abilities to READ, WRITE, and RISE to their full potential. The Literacy Center is connected to SDSU’s School of Teacher Education and functions as a clinical training site for students enrolled in our Master of Arts in Reading Education programs.