Centers & Institutes

CABWARE aims to close the education and wellness gap among individuals of African descent. Created in the wake of the pandemic of anti-Black injustice that gripped the nation in 2020, the Center will be home to academic scholarship, service, and professional development that addresses and disrupts anti-Blackness and racism among educators and wellness providers. CABWARE will also promote community and mentorship among scholars, students, and staff interested in Black issues.

The Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) is a consortium of over 100 investigators and staff from multiple academic institutions in Southern California conducting cutting edge research focused on improving health and developmental services for children and families. CASRC is unique in its multi-institutional and interdisciplinary nature.

Center for Equity and Biliteracy Education Research (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.

Center for Community Counseling & Engagement (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.

The Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment (CEPA) is sponsored by the College of Education. Led by Dr. Laura Owen, adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, and Dr. Melissa Naranjo, executive director of the College Avenue Compact, CEPA aims to improve equitable student postsecondary opportunity, particularly through the study of counseling and advising systems and processes that elevate the diverse student and parent voices of vulnerable communities. Its goals include ensuring all students have access to a high-quality antiracist school counselor to guide and support them on their postsecondary paths, and ensuring that all school-based systems, policies, and practices promote equitable postsecondary opportunities.

CEED is a transdisciplinary, research-based, training facility with a holistic approach to supporting early childhood development, mental health, and early childhood education in San Diego county and beyond. CEED provides services through two interrelated branches:

Center for Research in Math & Science Education (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.

The mission of Center for Teaching Critical Thinking & Creativity (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.

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) 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.

The Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) is sponsored by the College of Education and supports cultural, historical, linguistic, artistic and political knowledge and awareness of China and the broader Asia Pacific Region.

Founded in 1983, the SDSU Institute for Transformative Education (ITE) (formerly Pre-College Institute) provides an invaluable service to our communities’ multicultural low-income, underrepresented, and underserved students. Their aim is to provide access to educational and life resources to support students from elementary to college and career. Using multiple grants and sources of funding, ITE has implemented a variety of ongoing programs and initiatives to achieve this transformative mission.

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.

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 (NCUST) is designed to meet this challenge and provide such support.

Since 1983, the SDSU Pre-College Institute (PCI) 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.

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.