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Michael Spagna, Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of EducationGreetings from our faculty, staff, and students.

Since 1958, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education has served the educational needs of the San Fernando Valley and surrounding Southern California communities by preparing quality educators, administrators and counseling professionals. Fulfilling our mission to educate individuals who will serve the diverse needs of the region, our distinguished faculty creates innovative curriculum for students and provides advanced professional development opportunities for those working in the field. The College leaves an indelible footprint in the surrounding area through faculty research, direct service delivery in our eight community centers, and partnerships with multiple school districts—all of which enrich the overall academic and cultural experience of our current students as well.

On behalf of the College’s faculty and staff, I’d like to welcome our new students to California State University, Northridge. From the moment our students begin their journey, the College community is committed to shaping their professional career trajectories with faculty support and field experiences that will prepare them for robust careers in their chosen fields. Moreover, their time spent at the College will center on a comprehensive graduate experience that not only challenges them academically, but provides opportunities for community service and engagement during matriculation.

The 2013-2014 academic year will further demonstrate our continued standard of excellence. This fall, we welcome two new faculty members to our college, joining the Departments of Special Education, and Educational Psychology and Counseling, and we will graduate our fourth cohort of doctoral students in our educational leadership program in the spring. The university will be launching a formal multi-disciplinary STEM Education Initiative that will allow faculty from all colleges to collaborate and provide students with seamless educational opportunities campus-wide. Demonstrating further commitment to serving the needs of the community, a grant from CVS Charitable Trust will allow the College’s Family Focus Resource Center to deliver mobile autism screenings to children in underserved areas.

The Michael D. Eisner College of Education remains at the forefront of educational excellence by focusing the efforts of our faculty, students and alumni on preparing future leaders that will serve our local communities with creative academic and intellectual energy.

I encourage you to visit with us on a regular basis—either online or in person—as we embark on fulfilling California State University, Northridge's mission of ensuring life-changing opportunities for our students and those they serve.

Michael E. Spagna, Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education