James Cole, Ed.D.

James Cole, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor


P (925) 930-2019

F (925) 930-2023

2950 Buskirk Ave., Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
James Cole

As a full-time faculty member in Brandman University’s School of Education, Dr. Cole teaches and oversees the graduate degree and credential courses for the school psychology and counseling programs at the Walnut Creek campus as well as supervising the training of school psychology and school counseling interns.  He began as a full-time faculty member with Chapman University’s School of Education in 1998.  His professional background includes being a Licensed Educational Psychologist in California where he had a part-time practice for over 20 years.  Also, Dr. Cole served for 35 years as a teacher, school psychologist, and the department head of psychology services in a large urban school district.  He obtained the Nationally Certified School Psychologist/NCSP certificate through the National Association of School Psychologists.  He has served as an Oral Commissioner for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  In addition, Dr. Cole earned a certificate in addiction studies/counseling from JFK University, a trainer certificate in suicide prevention and intervention from the California Department of Mental Health, and certification as an Irlen diagnostician/trainer from the Irlen Institute.  He was awarded the Service Key from Phi Delta Kappa International, the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award by PDK’s UC Berkeley Chapter, and the Outstanding Academic Service to Students Demonstrated through Excellence in Teaching and Advising by the university.  He holds life credentials in school psychology, school counseling, and secondary teaching.  Dr. Cole is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and Nova Southeastern University.

  • Educational Specialist Degree/Ed.S. in School Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Educational Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling
Scholarly Activities

Dr. Cole has presented at numerous conferences including the California Association of School Psychologists state conferences, the California Literacy state conference, the California Career Education Association state conference, the California Association of Resource Specialists state conferences, the Gifted Association of California state conference, and the International Irlen Conferences.  Also, he has presented workshops on dyslexia and ADHD through Brandman University’s Speaker Series.