Why the College of Communication & Education?

The College of Communication and Education (CME) is home to seven departments and several programs that prepare students for careers in a variety of professions.

Our strengths include national and state accreditations, engaging faculty, training with cutting-edge technology used in these professions, and opportunities for learning and service in real-world settings. As you explore our programs online, please note these strong programs, renowned faculty, and many opportunities for student involvement. We hope you will join us in this exciting work.

Honors and Awards

students and faculty working

The quality of our programs is reflected in the many awards and honors received by our faculty and students.

The forensics squad has filled a room with its trophies.

The Orion, is perhaps the most honored college newspaper in the country. So honored, in fact, that it was named to the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame in 2005 for being a winner of or finalist for the coveted Pacemaker Award some 22 times since 1988.  The Orion continues to win numerous national and regional awards.

Tehama Group Communications, a student-run public relations firm, has been recognized by professionals as among the best.

Teacher credential graduates are heavily recruited by districts throughout California and the nation; in some schools, Chico graduates comprise 80 percent of the teachers.

Community Service

The college provides many services to the community. Within the college are the Reading and Speech Clinics, the "BeWel" program for disabled youngsters, and the CASPER project focused on making school physical education experiences positive and supportive. Camp Adventure, a recreation and parks management program, designs and provides positive summer experiences for children in our community. The Autism Clinic offers services to autistic children and their families along with research and learning opportunities for our university students.

Liberal Studies

students group studyingThe college houses the liberal studies major, one of the largest majors at Chico State with 1,200 undergraduates. With a broad background in the arts and sciences, many of those students become elementary and middle school teachers. You will find eight outstanding credential programs and multiple pathways to becoming a teacher. The Educational Services Center provides timely advice to students interested in a teaching career.