Cheryl Sjostrom, Ed.D.

Cheryl Sjostrom, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor


P (760) 341-8051

Palm Desert 42600 Cook Street Palm Desert, California 92211
Cheryl Sjostrom, Ed.D.

Dr. Cheryl Sjostrom is an Assistant Professor, School of Education, recently joining the Brandman Education team as full time faculty in 2011. Since 2006, Cheryl was an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University teaching courses in special education.  Cheryl completed a Master’s degree in Education, Special Education at California State University, Los Angeles and another Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. Cheryl completed her Doctorate of Education, Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne in 2009, focusing on the needs of administrators in the field of special education. 


Cheryl brings a wealth of information and experience from the public schools in positions at the site, district and county office levels for over 34 years.   Dr. Sjostrom was a teacher, Principal, Program Specialist, Program Coordinator, and Director of Special Education serving general education and children with special needs, ages birth to twenty-two with various types of disabilities and specialized programs. As an administrator, Dr. Sjostrom was recognized for her contributions to the field and awarded ACSA’s Region 10 Central Office Administrator of the Year, Redlands Unified School District Administrator of the Year, California State University, San Bernardino Educational Administration Alumni of the year and California State University, San Bernardino Educational Administration Student of the Year.

  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • PPS – School Counseling

La Verne University, La Verne, California
Doctorate of Education, Organizational Leadership
Dissertation:  The future view of special education administration: A Delphi study.

California State University, San Bernardino
M.A. in Educational Administration

California State University, Los Angeles
M.A. in Education, Special Education

Scholarly Activities

2011 - 2013
Co-Authored Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization and Credential program

2012, 2013
Development of Early Childhood Special Education Courses

2012, 2013
Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division Professional Development Committee, Reader of conference proposals

2011 - 2013
Region C Coordinating Council Committee Member

Professional Experience

2011 - Present
Brandman University - Full Time Faculty

2002 - 2011
Redlands Unified School District, Redlands, CA
Director, Special Services - Provided leadership, legal support and expertise to district administration, school site principals, school site administration, school-site counselors and staff. Responsible for district special education programs of approximately 2600 students with special needs, ages birth to twenty-two years. District size is approximately 21,000 student ADA with students services provided at 15 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 comprehensive high schools and 1 continuation school.