Academic Programs


Department of Elementary Education (EED)

The Department of Elementary Education prepares educators to teach and become leaders in culturally and linguistically diverse schools. Our vision is to create and advocate for educators to develop their pedagogy with caring, critical and culturally responsive lenses. We apply theories that guide our practices on the principles of teaching for equity and breaking barriers that exclude under-represented communities.

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Department of Secondary Education (SED)

The Department of Secondary Education prepares reflective practitioners and leaders with strong grounding in equity and social justice to work in our public schools to inspire all their students to learn. We engage single subject teachers, present and future, in studying and supporting the learning of all students. We provide clinical opportunities for learning and practice research-based methods for teaching adolescents growing up in our urban communities.

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Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies (ELSIT)

Welcome to the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies, or ELSIT. We are the newest department in the Graduate College of Education, yet we exist to address some of the oldest, most complex, and persistent challenges in education and society—power, inequality, leadership, technology, and learning.

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Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders (SPED/CD)

The Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University offers programs that prepare special educators and speech-language pathologists to enter professional practice in today’s increasingly multicultural and multilingual society. Candidates seeking careers in programs for people with disabilities in schools, clinics, hospitals and community agencies will find a range of options at SFSU.

Special Education Department Website

Communicative Disorders Program Website


Ed.D. Educational Leadership

The San Francisco State Ed.D. program is focused on both P-12 and higher education. Our accelerated three-year timeline and weekend class schedule make this an excellent program for practitioners currently working in the field and looking to take their career to the next level. Our focus on social justice and equity ensure that our graduates become leaders in working to close the opportunity gap and make learning accessible to all.

Department Website