Projects & Initiatives

African American Mentoring Program (AAMP) focuses on 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. AAMP is sponsered by the SDSU Black Resource Center.

The San Diego State University College of Education recognizes that increasing racial diversity among K-12 educators is critical to improving the wellness and prosperity of Black learners. Black educators are grossly underrepresented across all fields (i.e., teaching, special education, counseling, administration) in K-12 schools in California. The Black Educator Pipeline website seeks to improve representation among Black educators in San Diego-area schools by providing information and resources for prospective students. Learn more about becoming a meaningful leader and change agent in the K-12 school workforce. 

The BRIDGE Collaborative is a group of community providers, parents, researchers, and funding agency representatives who work together to help families of infants and toddlers with communication disorders. They support the use of an evidence-based intervention program called Project ImPACT for Toddlers, which helps children ages 12-24 months and their families develop communication and social skills.

The Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) is a national research laboratory under the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University. We help community colleges surface and assess challenges to equity-centered institutional effectiveness, as well as develop problem-solving strategies and solutions.

The Developing Effective Bilingual Educators with Resources (DEBER) project is designed to facilitate the transfer from 2-year to 4-year institutions for Hispanic students pursuing an elementary, middle or high school teaching credential with a bilingual authorization by providing them with necessary institutional, academic, and financial supports and resources to persist, graduate, and get hired in high demand and high-need schools. 

The Healthy Early Years (HEY) clinic is a nonprofit training facility that offers low-cost family, couples, and child therapy.

LEAPS: Leadership for Evidence-Based Autism Programs in Schools is a project explores leadership and other organizational factors related to implementation of educational programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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.

To address the under-representation of Hispanic leaders in American community colleges, the National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) is offering the Leadership Fellows Program to develop a pool of highly qualified Hispanics, and to assist them in attaining high-level positions in community colleges.

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.

The Project ACCESS Grant is an opportunity to receive financial support, advising, and professional development while pursuing a teaching credential. Our partnered consortium facilitates your teacher pathway with online coursework, affordable tuition, and individualized support. Let us help you facilitate your teacher pathway!

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.

LEAL is designed to improve the instruction of English-Language Learners (ELLS) across the San Diego region. In partnership with San Diego State University Global Campus, San Diego County Office of Education Multilingual Education and Global Achievement, and WestEd, Project LEAL provides in-service teachers with instructional approaches and tools that are specifically sensitive to the language demands of English learners and will help generate much-needed leadership in this important area for San Diego County schools and districts.

Project LEARN supports the development of Master Teaching Fellows.

Project MAINSAIL (M.A. degree Interdisciplinary preparatioN for Speech-language And early Intervention Leaders) is an interdisciplinary program for 16 early childhood special educators (ECSE) and 16 speech-language pathologists (SLP) with a focus on children with significant autism who are dual language learners.

Project PIPELINES (Preparing Intervention Personnel as Early LearnIng Navigators using Evidence-based Strategies) provides professional development and support to community college faculty who are preparing early childhood educators so that they have the knowledge and skills to teach students enrolled in their courses how to maximize the potential of young children with disabilities, including dual language learners, and provide support to families living in the diverse communities served by the college.

The Partnering to Unify Education Service Delivery for Dual Language and English Learners (¡PUEDE!) project will prepare36 fully qualified bilingual school psychologists (SP) and speech and language pathologists (SLP) uniquely skilled at interdisciplinary collaboration in assessment, interventions, and consultation for dual and English learner students with high intensity needs (15+21).

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Native and Indigenous Scholars Program (SHPA) 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.

STEM Ed is an approach to education and learning that emphasizes an integrated interdisciplinary approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

STEM Ed develops higher-level thinking skills by applying classroom learning to real-life situations.

Through fostering critical thinking, creativity and problem solving, which are all skills that students need regardless of specific interests or career goals, STEM Ed prepares students to be successful in today’s world.