About the School

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The School of Education is dedicated to preparing knowledgeable, skillful, and caring education professionals for positions in an increasingly diverse, technologically situated society. Please review our mission and vision, learning outcomes, and professional dispositions, which characterize our shared goals, values, and commitments.

The School serves over 300 students each year in a variety of programs:

  • M.S. in Education: Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs (HECSA)
  • M.A. in Education: Educational Leadership and Administration (ELAP)*
  • M.A. in Education: Special Education**
  • M.A. in Education: Curriculum & Instruction
  • Credentials:
    • Administrative Services*
    • Agriculture Specialist
    • Bilingual Authorization
    • Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)**
    • Multiple Subject (Elementary)
    • Single Subject (Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Geosciences, Social Sciences, World Languages)

*ELAP and Administrative Services: Can be completed as an integrated masters and credential program

**Special Education and Education Specialist: Can be completed as an integrated masters and credential program

In addition, our Special Projects Office initiates and conducts various K–12-oriented activities with education groups both on and off campus.

As part of the College of Science & Mathematics, the School of Education leads the campus in an all-university approach to professional education. Education faculty and content faculty from the colleges of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science & Mathematics collaborate to develop and offer our academically challenging programs. We also have strong partnerships with local schools, community colleges, and education agencies, as well as state and national organizations.

Our credentials and graduate degrees include a math and science education theme that provides a context for preparing teachers, administrators, and counselors. We also actively work with colleagues in the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) to bring together faculty with interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for research and outreach projects that extend throughout the campus and into the community.

School of Education Mission

The School of Education leads the campus in an all-university approach to preparing education professionals. These professionals create, assess, and modify environments, practices, and policies to foster the achievement of each and every learner; they strive for equity in schools and society; and they are committed to inquiry and professional growth for themselves and the advancement of P-20 education.

School of Education faculty models leadership in its teaching, scholarship, and services through a grounded, reflective, learn-by-doing approach and through sustained collaborations with its education partners: P-12 schools, families, community colleges, universities, and local, state, and national agencies.


The School of Education develops and supports qualified, competent, and caring education professionals who prepare a diverse student population to become active and thoughtful participants in a democratic society.


Please explore our website to learn about our programs. If you have questions or need additional information, contact the School of Education at 805-756-2126 or email us at soe@calpoly.edu. Thank you for your interest in the School of Education at Cal Poly.


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School of Education
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407