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Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies

Orange, CA

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Overview

Introduction | Chapman University: Attallah College of Educational Studies

Established in 1861, Chapman University is a private, coed university located in beautiful Orange County, California. 

The Attallah College of Educational Studies provides students unparalleled professional training for work in schools and communities. Taught by experienced and caring faculty, Attallah College courses teach students to think critically, act collaboratively, and be ethical in service to others. 

Attallah College graduate students have the opportunity to engage in research, build relationships with students and the community, and work alongside top educational scholars and professionals. 

The 2020 US News & World Report ranks Chapman University as one of the best colleges in America, and in 2019, Chapman University was ranked 5th among master’s-level universities in the Western US.

Key Facts and Overview | Chapman University: Attallah College of Educational Studies

With more than 12,000 alumni, Attallah College of Educational Studies prepares its graduates to pursue careers in teaching, nonprofit organizations, higher education administration, research, school counseling, and school psychology. 

Attallah College presents students many exciting opportunities to build relationships with the local community and gain hands-on experience in their field of study. Attallah College also offers a wide variety of graduate research assistantships and research programs in a range of topics, including educational leadership, education policy, special education, and school-based mental health. 

The Attallah College Kathleen Muth Reading Center hosts Chapman’s Literacy Tutoring Program, teaching reading and writing to approximately 100 culturally and linguistically diverse elementary and middle school students each year. Attallah College teacher education students have the opportunity to interact with and teach children of all ages and backgrounds, gaining the practical experience and essential skills to be successful educators. 

The Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability strives to impact policy by reducing barriers limiting access to learning, living, and working. To accomplish this goal, the TPI conducts research and provides valuable technical assistance on the critical issues facing people with disabilities, as well as their families, support communities and the agencies that work on their behalf. The TPI offers various graduate-level research and clinical fieldwork opportunities through its partners, including the Orange County Transition Initiative, Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Family and School Together (FAST) program. 

Prospective students are encouraged to view the Attallah College Scholarships and Graduate Travel Grants page for current scholarship opportunities.

Majors and Degrees | Chapman University: Attallah College of Educational Studies

Chapman University’s Attallah College of Educational Studies is proud to offer a variety of teaching credential, teacher education, school-based mental health, and doctoral programs that enable future educators to pursue career paths in school settings, nonprofit organizations, and higher education.

Teaching Credential + Master’s Degree 

With only a few additional courses, Attallah College students can earn a teaching credential and a master’s degree in as little as 15 months. 

Elementary School Teaching 

This program consists of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and Multiple Subject (MS) Credential program with the goal of developing reflective and transformative teachers capable of working collaboratively with children, youth, their families, and communities. 

Secondary School Teaching 

The Atallah College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Single Subject Credential program prepares teachers to use integrated, developmentally appropriate and critical pedagogies, and who are ready to collaborate within diverse educational communities. Chapman’s Single Subject Credential options include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and Music.

MA in Special Education 

The Master of Arts in Special Education and Education Specialist program prepares candidates to serve as special education teachers in K-12 public schools in inclusive, learning centers, and when necessary, special day class settings.

MA in School Counseling 

Students who graduate from the master’s program in school counseling are trained to work as professional school counselors in preschool through high school. Attallah College School Counseling and School Psychology graduate students also have the opportunity to meet the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), with which they can practice counseling and psychotherapy outside of schools in private practice or clinic settings.

Ed.S. in School Psychology 

Students can make a significant impact in the lives of children, from preschool students to high school students. Graduates of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program in School Psychology are prepared to advocate for students and will have the knowledge and skills to implement change for students, families and communities. Attallah College School Counseling and School Psychology graduate students also have the opportunity to meet the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), with which they can practice counseling and psychotherapy outside of schools in private practice or clinic settings.

MA in Leadership Development 

The Master of Arts in Leadership Development can be completed in two years. Through interdisciplinary learning experiences, the MLD program educates leaders to build equitable and just communities in schools, institutes of higher education, and other organizational settings. 

Ph,D. in Education

The Attallah College Ph.D. in Education program is intended primarily for individuals seeking a career in higher education or in other research-oriented leadership fields. The program focuses on the formulation of new ways to think about issues and solve problems in the field of education. Attallah Ph.D. students select from one of four emphases: Cultural and Curricular Studies, Disability Studies, Leadership Studies or School Psychology.

Admissions | Chapman University: Attallah College of Educational Studies

Chapman offers students many areas of study; visit the Education Graduate Programs to view more information about the admission requirements and application details for the Attallah College of Educational Studies graduate programs.  

For more information, prospective students can attend an information session, meet Chapman at a graduate fair, or contact Chapman directly

Prospective students are encouraged to review the graduate application deadlines based on their particular graduate program. Programs that accept applications after the deadline on a space-available basis will be noted. Please visit the application page to view each program’s application and requirements. 

A $60 non-refundable application fee is payable through the online application system. Students are required to submit all official transcripts; applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. Most programs require a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Some programs require a statement of intent with specific information included in your statement. 

According to US News and World Report, Chapman University is #87 (tied) in Best Colleges for Veterans. Veterans are encouraged to meet with the Director of Veterans Affairs during the application process by phone or in-person. Veterans can learn more by visiting the Veterans Resource Center.

Costs and Financial Aid | Chapman University: Attallah College of Educational Studies

Chapman University offers a variety of financial aid options available to help students invest in their higher education and attain their educational goals. Students can view more information about financial aid and cost of attendance at Chapman’s Graduate Financial Aid website. 

Graduate costs and fees vary by college and program; students can view their particular program on the 2020/2021 Tuition & Fee Information page. 

The Chapman University Harriet S. Salmon Interest Free Loan is an interest free loan awarded through the Office of Financial Aid. For information on eligibility for this type of loan, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 714-997-6741. 

Students interested in need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the California Dream Act Application if they are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA) Curriculum and instruction Elementary education
Master of Arts (MA) Curriculum and instruction Secondary education
Master of Arts (MA) Special education
(Credential) Multiple subjects Spanish/English bilingual
Master of Arts (MA) Educational psychology
(Credential) Single subject
Specialist in Education (Ed S) School psychology
Master of Arts (MA) Counseling School counseling
(Credential) Special education Mild/moderate
(Credential) Special education Moderate/severe
(Credential) Pupil personnel services School psychology
(Credential) Pupil personnel services School counseling
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Education Leadership studies
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Education Cultural and curricular studies
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Education School psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Education Disability studies
Master of Arts (MA) Leadership development
Master of Arts (MA) Teaching Elementary education
Master of Arts (MA) Teaching Secondary music education
Master of Arts (MA) Teaching Secondary education

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 153
Doctoral Degrees 11

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

333
Applied
203
Accepted
143
Enrolled
61%

Applying

60
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

324
Total Graduate Students
4%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 36.11%
Black or African American 2.47%
White or Caucasian 38%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.31%
Asian 12.65%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3.4%
Unknown 1.54%

Gender

Male (18%)
Female (81%)

Faculty

82
Total faculty
Full-time - 33
Part-time - 49
Male (27)
Female (55)

Location & Contact

Address One University Drive
Orange, CA  92866
United States
Contact Dr. Roxanne Greitz Miller
Interim Dean
Email: rgmiller@chapman.edu
Phone: 714-997-6781

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