School of Leadership and Education Sciences

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers undergraduate coursework in three departments: Leadership Studies, Learning and Teaching, and Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy. Our certificates, credentials, courses and minor fields lay a foundation for leadership roles in teaching, counseling, marital and family therapy, and administration in school settings; as well as leaders in the public, nonprofit, and military sectors. Our programs have met the high standards established by the following accrediting bodies: Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, Commission for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Council for Exceptional Children, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in the Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP), Education minor, Leadership Studies minor, Nonprofit Social Enterprise & Philanthropy minor, Naval Sciences minor, Army ROTC program, Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate program, and several special courses designed to meet the needs and interest of all undergraduates.

In addition, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers teaching credential programs in various professional areas at the elementary, secondary, and special education levels. These programs are designed to meet the credential requirements of the State of California and to provide students a sequential curriculum that includes field experiences with class sizes that facilitate personal attention and instructor accessibility.  Please contact the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Credential Analyst for more information.

At the graduate level, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MA), Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership (MA), Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MA), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts in Counseling (MA), Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (MA), and a Doctorate in Leadership Studies (PhD). Please refer to the current Graduate Course Catalog for more information regarding these programs.

Vision Statement

We believe that education for human service must have as its foundation a vision of enhancing human dignity and the quality of life. To do so, human service professionals must focus on moral perspectives in their professional and community lives. The faculty and staff of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences seek to impart this vision to our students.

Mission Statement

It is our responsibility to prepare students with the professional knowledge, skills, and ethical perspectives they will need for effective leadership and practice in a diverse society. We seek to become, and encourage our students to become, life-long learners engaged in scholarly inquiry, research, and professional development. We value professional and community service and encourage such service by our students.

To implement our mission, the faculty enriches all programs and course offerings with the values, concepts, and themes that we believe will help students become ethical, civic-minded and committed leaders in their chosen fields.

Centers and Institutes

  • Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research
  • Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL)
  • Character Education Resource Center
  • Compass Family Center
  • Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA)
  • Global Center
  • Hansen Summer Institute
  • Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education
  • Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research
  • Leadership Institute
  • Manchester Family Child Development Center (MFCDC)
  • Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC)

Reservation of the Right to Modify

Every effort has been made to provide current and accurate information in the description of minor, certificate, and credential programs. However, we reserve the right to change program requirements. Students should confer with their advisors and the credential analyst to ensure progress toward their degrees and/or credentials.

Dates And Deadlines

It is the student’s responsibility to meet the deadlines published in this course catalog.


Nicholas Ladany, PhD, DEAN



Karen Lee, PhD, ASSISTANT DEAN, Accreditation and Assessment

TBD, ASSISTANT DEAN, Finance and Administration

Kevin Dooley, BA, DIRECTOR, Development

Corinna Lewis, BA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Marketing and Communication

Amanda Corona, MA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Student and Alumni Relations

Lea Hubbard, PhD, CHAIR, Leadership Studies

Maya Kalyanpur, PhD, CHAIR, Learning and Teaching

Ann Garland, PhD, CHAIR, Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy

Lieutenant Colonel Scot Hodgdon, USA, PROFESSOR, Military Science

Captain Brian Clapp, USA, Professor, Military Science

Captain Edwin Kaiser, USN, MA, CHAIR, Naval Science

Commander Steve Dickerson, USN, MS, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Naval Science

Peggy Hetherington, MS, DIRECTOR, Field Experience, Counseling Program

Todd Edwards, PhD, DIRECTOR, Marital and Family Therapy Program

Helene T. Mandell, EdD, DIRECTOR, Field Experiences, Learning and Teaching

Suzanne Stolz, TBD, COORDINATOR, MEd Online

Cheryl Getz, EdD, DIRECTOR, Leadership Minor

Emily Young, PhD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Institute

Laura Deitrick, PhD, DIRECTOR, Caster Center and Program Specialist

Mary Jo Schumann, PhD, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Caster Center

Heather Lattimer, EdD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education

Edward DeRoche, PhD, DIRECTOR, Character Education Resource Center

Teresa VanHorn, MA, DIRECTOR, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and COORDINATOR, Leadership Studies Minor

Jacqueline Kennedy, MA, DIRECTOR, Manchester Family Child Development Center

Lorri Sulpizio, PhD, DIRECTOR, Leadership Institute


Sergio E. Rodriguez, MA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING, Learning and Teaching

Sonya Mohamed, MEd, Assistant Director of Programming, Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy


Viviana Alexandrowicz, PhD

Donna Barnes, PhD

Sandy Buczynski, PhD

Wendell Callahan, PhD

Erika Nash Cameron, PhD

Paula A. Cordeiro, EdD

Laura Deitrick, PhD

Robert Donmoyer, PhD

Todd M. Edwards, PhD

Ana Estrada, PhD

James Fabionar, PhD

Fred Galloway, EdD

Ann F. Garland, PhD

Cheryl Getz, EdD

Nedeljko Golubovic, PhD

Zachary Green, PhD

Kristopher Hall, PhD

C. Bobbi Hansen, EdD

Nancy Hanssen, MEd

Lea Hubbard, PhD

Noriyuki Inoue, PhD

Rebekka Jez, EdD

Maya Kalyanpur, PhD

Nicholas Ladany, PhD

Marcus Lam, PhD

Heather Lattimer, EdD

Florencia Lebensohn-Chiaivo, PhD

Mary Lyons, PhD

Ian Martin, EdD

Sarina Molina, EdD

Theresa Monroe, RSCJ, EdD

Afsaneh Nahavandi, PhD

Christopher Newman, PhD

Jo Ellen Patterson, PhD

Reyes Quezada, EdD

Lonnie L. Rowell, PhD

Hans Peter Schmitz, PhD

Joi A. Spencer, PhD

Suzanne Stolz, PhD

Teresa VanHorn, MA

Lee Williams, PhD

Susan Zgliczynski, PhD

Military Science Faculty

Master Sergeant Julio Armas, USA

Captain Brian Clapp, USA

Lieutenant Colonel Scot Hodgdon, USA

Major John McAlister, USA

Sergeant First Class Ainoy Rasavongsy, USA

Sergeant First Class Derek Salley, USA

Naval Science Faculty

Lieutenant Sean J. Barner, BA, USN

Lieutenant Mona Lisa Dellavolpe, BS, USN

Commander Steve Dickerson, MS, USN

Lieutenant Jorge M. Fuentes, BA, USN

Captain Edwin Kaiser, MA, USN, CHAIR

Captain Brett Rankin, BS, USMC

Lieutenant Saunak S. Shah, BS, USN

Lieutenant Kelly A. Wehle, BS, USN