Projects, Initiatives, & Centers

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.

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.

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.

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:

The mission of the Center for Family, School, and Community Engagement (FSaCE) is to support families, schools, and community partners in working together to improve educational outcomes while enhancing confidence, a sense of safety, and self-esteem (social emotional well-being) in children and youth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.