About the School

Teach one child, touch one life, and you touch a whole community.

At the Cal Lutheran Graduate School of Education, you will turn theory into practice, learn one-on-one with experienced faculty, and collaborate with public, private, and charter schools—from kindergarten through higher education—as well as other community-minded organizations.

You will pursue your purpose through both experiential instruction and personal growth in an environment dedicated to introspection and exploration, preparing you as an innovative, transformative leader.

The quality of your education is ensured by our accreditation approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


test California Lutheran University is accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing approves programs that meet its adopted standards of quality and effectiveness. All California Lutheran University programs leading to recommendation for a California credential or certificate have been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Graduate School of Education Leadership


Michael R. Hillis, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Equity and Outreach & Professor

Daniel Tillapaugh, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Assessment & Accreditation

Melissa Spence, Ed.D.


  • Department of Counselor Education
    • Chair, Daniel Tillapaugh, Ph.D.
  • Learning & Teaching Department
    • Chair, Michael Cosenza, Ed.D.
  • Educational Leadership Department
    • Diane Rodriguez-Kiino, Ph.D.

Graduate School of Education Department Organizational Chart

2021–22 Highlights

107 Degrees Earned

  • 13 Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • 36 Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
  • 58 Master in Education

Enrolled Students (as of Fall)

  • 542 Graduate students (masters and credentials)
  • 256 Teacher Education
  • 206 Counselor Education
  • 44 Educational Leadership (11 week)
  • 46 Doctorates of Education

About GSOE


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Counseling Programs:
  • K–12
  • College
Teaching Programs:
  • Elementary
    • Bilingual Authorization
  • Secondary
    • Bilingual Authorization
  • Special Education
    • Mild/Moderate
    • Moderate/Severe
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • K–12 District and School Leadership
  • Doctoral degrees in Higher Education Leadership and K–12 Educational Leadership

Scholarships and Grants

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  • 2 Donor Sponsored Scholarships
  • 5  Scholarships and Grants for Teaching
  • A scholarship available for up to $10,000, if eligible in funds each year
  • A scholarship available for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Masters in Educational Leadership programs

About GSOE


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  • 22 Full-time faculty members
  • 105+ Adjunct instructors and Supervisors
  • Increasing number of publications
Organization Members of:
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts College for Teacher Education (AILACTE)
  • California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)


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  • More than 4,078+ alumni
  • Quarterly Alumni Newsletter - ENGAGE
  • GSOE Commencement Reception
  • Examples of companies our alums work for: Los Angeles
    Unified School District, Conejo Valley Unified School
    District, Simi Valley Unified School District, Ventura
    Unified School District, Oxnard School District, California
    State University, Northridge, Las Unified School
    District, Moorpark College
  • Examples of industries our alums work for: Computer Software, Consulting, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Information Technology and Services, Internet, Marketing and Advertising, Middle School Education.
  • Examples of positions our alums work in: Administration, Assessment, Counseling and Guidance, Bilingual Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, District Superintendents, District Supervisors, Education Specialists, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language Education, High School Education, K-12 Education, Management, Middle School Education, Principals, Professional Development, Special Education.

Community Outreach


Corporate Relations

  • 3 Departments
  • 10 Dean’s Executive Advisory Council Members from organizations such as Ventura Community College, the City of Westlake Village, Newman Aaronson Vanaman, Oxnard College, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Brentwood School, Somis Union School District and Montecito Bank and Trust.
  • 40+ GSOE Advisory Board Members throughout the Los Angeles Unified, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County School Districts.
  • 18 CRLP Board members representing positions from teachers, principals, administrators and superintendents.

Past Years