College of Communication & Education

Credential Education Specialist I

Program Highlights

California State University, Chico

School of Education

Preparing Educators to Be
Effective, Reflective and Engaged


The School of Education demonstrates its effectiveness semester after semester by providing a well-qualified teacher and administrator workforce for the North State and beyond, as evidenced by the number of teacher hires, size of administrator cohorts, success of program finishers, and amount of external grant dollars secured.

Map depicting highlighted northern CA counties including Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumas, Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, and El Dorado Image depicting a map with dots signifying teacher placements


School of Education faculty and students are reflective about their teaching practice and scholarship, as evidenced by scholarly activity that reflects the school's mission and vision of social and eco justice, and the organization's conceptual framework that has been recently revised.

Reflective Articles

Dr. Ann Schulte has recently submitted for review two articles on reflective practice. The Links for each are below:

Conceptual Framework

In spring 2017, the School of Education approved a revised conceptual framework (PDF), focused on the core values of Inclusivity, Democracy, Sustainability, Service, and Inquiry.


The School of Education engages with the North State educational community by providing professional development opportunities such as: the state-wide Better Together event that showcased Keynote speaker Dr. Jill Biden; offering residency-based credential programs such as the Residency in Secondary Education (RISE) program that incorporate a master's degree program with a full time, yearlong teacher residency leading to California teacher certification in English, Mathematics, Science, or Special Education, staffing areas of high need; and participating actively in state and national professional organizations, such as the Rural Schools Collaborative and the National Network for Educational Renewal.

Better Together

Hundreds of teachers and educators from around Northern California convened at California State University, Chico for a free day of learning on Friday, July 28, as the University co-hosted the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit(opens in new window).

CSU, Chico is one of three Northern California campuses to co-host the conference, in addition to Humboldt State and Simpson University in Redding. Overall, 35 campuses across the state helped host the Summit (including 20 CSU campuses), which is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, and other educators.

Engaged Completers from the RTR and RiSE Programs

  • Christa Georgeson (RiSE) and Sharon Huggins (RTR) presented at a Rural Schools Collaborative Summit last summer. Summary of the 2016 Engaged Teacher Corps Conference (PDF)
  • Adam Lane (RTR) was voted teacher of the year at his Ukiah middle school in his third year of teaching.
  • Sharon Huggins (RTR) was honored at the high school awards assembly with a speech about her significant contributions to the district and to the community in my very first year of teaching. Sharon is on the LCAP committee, the math curriculum adoption committee, ELAC and DELAC, the SBAC and is the tech coordinator for the school. Sharon facilitates the bilingual Adult Ed program for the school, mentored senior projects, interviewed scholarship applicants, presented awards at the high school, and been given a great deal of sincere positive feedback. She attributes much of her success to the serendipitous choice of enrolling in the RTR program and to the influence of her instructors in that program.


National Network for Education Renewal Logo

The School of Education at Chico State is the only California member of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). The organization seeks to "foster school and university partnerships engaged in the simultaneous renewal of schools and the education of those who work in them." Nationwide, the NNER's members include 24 partnership settings, with 44 institutions of higher education and approximately 150 school districts and 700 partner schools.

Student Engagement through Classroom Service

  • Through our early service-learning courses, 233 students in the Spring 2016 semester completed 10,485 hours of classroom service.
  • With the national value of volunteer time set at $23.56, these volunteer hours amount to $247,026.
  • Combined for the 2015-16 year, 522 students provided nearly 24,000 service hours at a value of $553,424.