May 20, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024

Division of Special Education and Counseling

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Information about the Division of Special Education and Counseling


King Hall C1064
Phone: (323) 343-4400
Website: Division of Special Education and Counseling 


Ya-Chih Chang
Phone: (323) 343-4400

The Faculty

Professors: Ya-Chih Chang (Chair), Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, Christina Kimm, Leila Ricci, Jennifer Symon, Michele Wallace, Lois Weinberg
Associate Professors: Michael J. Carter, Margaret D. Clark, Robin Dodds, Emily Hernandez, Jiwon Hwang, Anna Osipova, Elina Saeki
Assistant Professors:  Nicholas Casias, Kezia Gopaul-Knights, Yunzhen Huang, Michele Mahr, Bryan Thornton, Jennifer Weyman, Natalie Williams Awodeha
FERP: Heidi Paul
Emeriti: Martin G. Brodwin, Gary Best, Sherwood Best, Philip Chinn, Barbara Clark, Mary A. Falvey, Christine Givner, Diane Haager, George Hong, Nancy Hunt, Collen Jamison, Diane Klein, Holly Menzies, Pauline Mercado, David Peterson, Marcel Soriano, Kathryn Reilly, Rose-Marie Swallow, Annette Tessier, Alice Watkins, Andrea Zetlin


The Division of Special Education and Counseling, in alignment with the College of Education’s vision and mission, offers a wide range of programs for students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees, credentials, and certificates. The division’s primary focus is on developing professionals who have the expertise and dedication to support the academic, social, and psychological development of diverse learners in urban schools and related agencies. 

Our program offerings include a joint doctoral program in Special Education in collaboration with UCLA, master’s degrees in Special Education and Counseling, and an undergraduate program in Rehabilitation Services. These programs are designed to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to excel in their respective fields and make a positive impact. 

Choosing the Division of Special Education and Counseling means becoming part of a community of dedicated educators, researchers, and advocates who are committed to transforming lives through education. Together, we strive to create a lasting impact in the field of special education and counseling, making a meaningful difference for learners of all backgrounds and abilities. 

For students interested in pursuing the intern pathway to complete their credential programs, Jennifer Revilla is the contact person to reach out to for any inquiries or information. 

Jennifer Revilla  
Office of Student Services 
King Hall D2078 
Phone: (323) 343-4320 


Thie Counseling and Assessment Clinic: operated by the Division of Special Education and Counseling, and is located in King Hall C1067. It is an instructional laboratory that provides both training for counselors and counseling services to the community. Students working toward a master’s degree or credential in counseling serve as student clinicians under direct faculty supervision.

C. Lamar Mayer Learning Center: operated by the Division of Special Education and Counseling as a Saturday enrichment center for children and youth with and without disabilities from the community. The Learning Center serves as a field experience laboratory for the special education credential candidates working toward their preliminary credentials and counselor candidates from the School-based Family Counseling program under faculty supervision. 

The Diagnostic Resource Center (DRC): located in King Hall KHC 2092A, it provides a lending service for psychological and educational assessment materials to qualified students for class and internship related activities.


The credential programs at Cal State LA College of Education are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). 


    Bachelor of ScienceMinorMaster of ArtsMaster of ScienceDoctor of PhilosophyUndergraduate CertificatePost-Baccalaureate CertificatePost-Master’s CertificateCredential


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