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The Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education (ELSE) exists to provide state-of-the-art professional preparation for educators in the fields of educational administration and special education. The core values of our department center upon a dedication to educational excellence as a pivotal contributor to social progress. Indices of our notion of excellence include a view of schools as a crucible for an effective democracy, societal inclusivity, respect for differences in students, and an unflinching concentration on educational efficacy.

Students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education may expect to encounter programs that present cutting-edge information and skills that are grounded in research, related to professional practice and delivered by an expert, committed faculty. Our programs consist of rigorous coursework, individual attention and an environment respectful of differing perspectives. We strive to make our programs conveniently accessible to working professionals by offering courses in the evening and on weekends and in off-campus satellite location around the North-Bay region. 

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Orlando Carreon
Orlando CarreĆ³n
Assistant Professor, EDEL Program Coordinator
Stevenson 2013
Elizabeth Ducy
Elizabeth Ducy
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator EDSP
Stevenson 2015
Jennifer Mahdavi
Jennifer Mahdavi
Professor, MA in Education Program Coordinator, MA in Education SPED Advisor
Stevenson 2017
Suzanne O'Keeffe
Suzanne O'Keeffe
Associate Professor, Educational Specialist Intern Coordinator
Stevenson 2012
Sarah Rapp
Sarah Rapp
Assistant Professor, EDEL Program Coordinator, MA in Educational Leadership Coordinator & Advisor
Stevenson 2014

Chair of School of Teacher Education and Leadership (SOTEL)

Paula Lane
Paula Lane
Professor, Faculty Associate Dean, Chair of School of Teacher Education and Leadership (SOTEL)
Stevenson 2214