Graduate College of Education

sf state student reading to childrenThe Graduate College of Education has a proud tradition of building on the legacy of San Francisco State University, which started as the Normal School for Teachers in 1899. From those beginnings, we have developed programs that provide multiple pathways for future educators to serve people across the life-span for life-long learning. We offer a full spectrum of opportunities for different students, allowing undergraduate students to explore careers in education that may include teaching, speech-language pathology, audiology and more. We also offer credential programs for future teachers in special education, elementary, high-school and school administration settings. Our masters programs include the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Arts in Special Education and Master of Arts in Education, with many specialized areas. We also offer two doctoral programs that include the Educational Doctorate and Ph.D. in Special Education.

The College is founded on the principles of equity and social justice, and our programs are designed to prepare leaders in education to provide inclusive education for all learners with a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework.  The College is home to more than 100 faculty and staff members, including 50 tenure-track faculty with more than 1,000 students in elementary, secondary and special education.

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Dean, Graduate College of Education, Dr. Cynthia Grutzik

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Cynthia Grutzik was appointed dean of the Graduate College of Education in  August 2018 . Since 2012 Grutzik has served as the associate dean of the College of Education at Long Beach State University, where she supported credential and undergraduate programs, accreditation and assessment, curriculum, outreach, recruitment and district partnerships. A former elementary school teacher and past president of the California Council on Teacher Education, she researches and publishes on the educator preparation pathway and how to support students in the transfer process. Grutzik says she is dedicated to the creation of educational institutions that “build and model democratic learning environments where everyone has a voice and an equal opportunity to succeed.”

The Graduate College of Education is home to more than 100 faculty and staff members, including 50 tenure-track faculty with more than 1,000 students in elementary, secondary and special education -- as well as a bachelor's degree and two doctoral programs.

Grutzik received a bachelor’s degree in diversified studies from Westmont College, a teaching credential from Fullerton State University, a master’s degree in language, reading and culture from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in education and information studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.