Carla Piper Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Carla Piper, Ed.D.



Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs





Dr. Carla Piper is an associate professor in the School of Education. She earned her Ed.D. from the University of the Pacific in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Music Education and Educational Technology in 1999. She completed an MA in Early Music from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Nebraska. She taught for several years and then began composing and recording music for a number of publishers including Children’s Television Workshop and Sesame Street. After twenty years of free-lancing as a musician and producer in the SF Bay area, she returned to teaching music and Title I language arts.

Working with at-risk students stimulated her interest in the computer as a creative vehicle for helping students develop language arts and math skills. Dr. Piper started at Chapman as the Modesto multiple subject faculty in 1998, and then moved to the single subject program in 2000. She began developing online and blended classes in 2002 and was a founding member of the Brandman iDEAL engaged learning team. She has served as an instructional designer and LiveText assessment coordinator for the Brandman University School of Education.

Dr. Piper’s research interests are focused on integrating technology into teaching and learning, digital portfolio assessment, blended and online pedagogy, and promoting creativity through the arts in education. Dr. Piper has worked as a research evaluator and consultant on a federal technology innovation challenge grant, an early reading first grant, and several professional development grants in Northern California.


  • Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Arts Sciences Music and Visual Arts

Scholarly Activities

Piper, C. Chapter Author

Making Connections with Music and Literacy. 7-8-9, Poetry, Song, and Rhyme: Listening, Language, and Learning

California Reading Association.

Engaging Students with Assessment through Digital Portfolios and Leveraging Technology to Gather, Analyze, and Use Assessment Data for Program Improvement, and Designing an Assessment Infrastructure.

Co-Presenter for WSCUC ARC Conference

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