Alberto Ochoa

Alberto M. Ochoa, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus

Dual Language and English Learner Education

San Diego

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Dr. Alberto Ochoa teaches courses at the credential, M.A. and doctoral level focusing on bilingual teaching strategies, action research, and social systems socio-cultural-political foundations in the multicultural-multilingual context. 

Academically, Alberto M. Ochoa received B.A. Degrees from California State University in Sociology and Latin American Studies (1968 & 1969), MA Degree from University of Southern California in Special Education (1971), and doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts in Non-Formal & International Education (1978) with an emphasis in community development.

Dr. Alberto M. Ochoa is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at SDSU, with the rank of full Professor Emeritus. He began his academic work at SDSU in 1975. He has served as Chair of the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (Formerly Policy Studies) at San Diego State University for over 15 years. He also served as the Academic Director of the Joint Doctoral Program between Claremont University and SDSU (1999-2005). In the PLC Department, he has been responsible for the implementation and evaluation of the bilingual teacher education programs at the elementary and secondary levels. At SDSU he has maintained an active record of professional development, grant writing and service to the community. His academic work is action research based, while combining theory and practice in the resolution of equity problems confronting social and educational institutions. He seeks the challenge of participating in community and institutional development programs/projects that have as their goal to promote democratic schooling and broad based community participation in the decisions that affect the quality of life of school communities--in both domestic and international settings.

His research interests, with over 70 publications, document his work in the areas of public equity, school desegregation, community development, language policy, critical pedagogy, student achievement, and parental leadership. In the last ten years, he has also been involved in developing processes for community capacity building, as well as forecasting the educational needs of school districts through demographic trends, socio-political conditions, and educational reform trends. Since 1981, he has co-chaired over 70 doctoral dissertations in the Joint Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University Doctoral Program and been a member of another 30+ doctoral committees.

Work with K-12 schools, since 1975, he has worked with over 60 K-12 school districts in California in providing technical assistance in the areas of:

  1. language policy and assessment,
  2. bilingual instructional programs,
  3. curriculum programming,
  4. staff development,
  5. community development,
  6. organizational development and school climate,
  7. program management and evaluation, and
  8. parent leadership.

His work with public schools also covers involvement in International programs in the United Sates, Mexico, Spain and China.

Under funded grants and projects, he has received over 11 million dollars in grants and contracts from the federal, state and local educational agencies from 1975 to present in the areas of National Origin Desegregation, Professional Development in Bilingual Capacity Building, Immigrant Education, California Reading and Literature Projects, Language Development, Parent Leadership Education, and Bilingual-Special Education Teacher Development.