Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D.

Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D.
  • Professor
  • Dual Language and English Learner Education


Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D., is a professor in the College of Education at San Diego State University (SDSU). She earned her doctorate degree, in Teacher Preparation for Multilingual Learners, from the Claremont and San Diego State University joint graduate program. Dr. Alfaro teaches credential and graduate level courses where her work focuses on preparing teachers in the area of English language and Biliteracy development with a global perspective. She has two decades of experience in directing both local and international teacher education programs in California, Mexico, and Europe. Dr. Alfaro is the recipient of the College of Education 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. Her background as an elementary biliteracy teacher in ethno and linguistically diverse communities, has served her well in preparing teachers to teach students how to critically read the word and the world.

  • Alfaro, C., Durán, R., Hunt, A., & Aragón, M. (2014). Steps toward Unifying Dual Language Programs, Common Core State Standards, and Critical Pedagogy: Oportunidades, Estrategias y Retos. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 8, 17-30.

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