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2017 Year in Review: School of Education

December 12, 2017 by Brandman University

New programs

M.A. in School Counseling: One of the few fully online school counseling programs available to graduate students, this new program incorporates virtual reality technology.

New concentrations

M.A. in Teaching, early childhood special education emphasis: Available as both an online and blended course, this latest addition to the M.A. in Teaching offerings equips students with the special skills and best practices for teaching and assessing infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Educational Specialist Degree in Psychology: New emphasis focusing on autism, applied behavior analysis and English language learners were added to this degree that combines a Master’s in Education with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.

Faculty achievements

Members of the School of Education received several prestigious appointments including Pedro Olvera, Psy.D., as president of the California Association of School Psychologists. Olvera and Thierry Kolpin, Ph.D., were also appointed to review the California standards for school psychologists and counselors. Julianne Zvalo-Martyn serves on the Commission on Teacher Credential (CTC) Child Development Permit Advisory Panel. Faculty members also served as CTC site reviewers.

New pathways to education

The School of Education expanded its on-site cohorts, adding programs at school district offices in Sacramento and San Luis Obispo and created a partnership with the National Association of School Superintendents. A CTC grant helped create pathways to credentials for classified employees through district and county partnerships.

Student research

Visibility for Doctor of Education dissertations grew with the Digital Commons Brandman platform leading to 10,476 dissertation downloads.

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