Welcome to the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education!
The professors assembled to work in the department came from a variety of different places and have different expertise. Our goal is to lead the Central Valley of California in ideas concerning literacy instruction, early childhood education and English language development. We seek to innovative, inspiring, responsive, research-based and above all, scholarly. We pledge to:
1. Teach effective approaches to reading and writing instruction, English language development, bilingual education, and early childhood education to beginning teachers (credential) and master teachers (master's and reading specialist credential).
2. Publish and present research and theory about meaningful and productive classroom practice.
3. Serve the community by providing and disseminating that knowledge to education professionals and serve the university in self-governance.
The primary mission of the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education is to prepare knowledgeable and professionally competent teachers and curriculum leaders in the areas of early childhood education (N-3), bilingual/cross-cultural education (K-12), and reading/language arts (K-12) in both public and private educational settings.
The department offers the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential in both Early Childhood Education and Bilingual Spanish and Hmong Authorized program (formerly Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development-BCLAD). At the graduate level, the department offers programs in Early Childhood Education, Reading/Language Arts, and Multilingual Multicultural Education.
Our Special Education program offers the Preliminary Level I (including an Internship Program) and Professional Level II Education Specialist Credentials in Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities, and a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Special Education. We also offer a Dual Certification Program with provides for earning both the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential along with the Multiple Subjects basic teaching credential. Our programs are innovative, NCATE accredited and promote excellence in the special education field.
Basic Teaching Credentials
The basic Multiple Subject Teaching Credential may be earned in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree (preliminary credential) or following completion of fifth year of professional preparation in the following areas:
Multiple Subject Credential -- Early Childhood Education
Specialist Teaching Credential
The specialist teaching credential represents a year of post-baccalaureate study in an area of teaching specialization. The specialist credential may be earned by a holder of a Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential. The Department of Literacy and Early Education offers specialist credentials in early childhood education and reading/language arts.
Master's Degree Programs
The Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education offers advanced and specialized study for the Master of Arts degree in Education with options in early childhood education and in reading/language arts. Completion of a master's degree signifies that the holder is prepared to provide professional leadership in an area of specialization offered by the department. Most candidates for the master's degree have three or more years of successful teaching experience.
Master of Arts in Special Education
The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education offers advanced preparation in mild/moderate disabilities and moderate/severe disabilities, and is closely related to course requirements for the Professional Level II Education Specialist Credential program. It is expected that students seeking admission to the Master of Arts Degree in Special Education will possess a substantial entry level background in special education, such as having made significant progress toward completion of the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential program in mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities.
Department Chair and Staff
Chair, Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education (LEBSE)
Office: Education Building, Rm 250
Phone: (559) 278-0250
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office: Education Building, Rm 250
Phone: (559) 278-0250
Early Education Center
Administrative Office Assistant
Office: Education Building, Rm 98
Phone: (559) 278-0450
Office: Education Building, Rm 436
Phone: (559) 278-1230
Alamillo, Laura: Department Chair
Office: Education Building, Rm 269
Phone: (559) 278-0280
DPELFS Graduate Group - Core
Areas of Expertise: Bilingual education policy, theory and method; education of culturally and linguistically diverse students; second language acquisition theory and methods; Latina/o children's literature; language issues in education
Basurto, Imelda: Coordinator, Reading Program
Office: Education Building, Rm263
Phone: (559) 278-0285
Bennett, Lisa: Coordinator, Multiple Subject Credential Program
Office: Education Building, Rm 265
Phone: (559) 278-0243
Director, California Reading & Literature Project
Office: Education Building, Rm 371
Phone: (559) 278-0429
Office: Education Building, Rm247
Phone: (559) 278-0319
DPELFS Graduate Group - Affiliated
Areas of Expertise: Literacy education and teacher professional development; literacy education for diverse learners; critical literacy, service-learning, and educational equity and justice; school reform; afterschool literacy programs; school-wide literacy assessment plans.
Juarez, Sarah Werner
Office: Education Building, Rm021
Phone: (559) 278-0228
McDonald, Cheryl: Coordinator, Special Education Program
Director, Joyce M. Huggins Early Childhood Center
Office: Education Building, Rm259
Phone: (559) 278-0267
Office: Education Building, Rm343
Phone: (559) 278-0288
Shelton, Marilyn R.
Office: Education Building, Rm261
Phone: (559) 278-0268
Office: Education Building, Rm345
Phone: (559) 278-0289
DPELFS Graduate Group – Core
Areas of Expertise: Special Education: mild/moderate disabilities, services for infants to students age 22, legal issues, IEP development - student-led IEPs; Leadership and Administration in Education: K-12 and higher education; Teacher Education; University Freshman Experience: learning communities
Vang, Tony: Coordinator, Bilingual Education in Spanish and Hmong
Office: Education Building, Rm273
Phone: (559) 278-0284
Yun, Cathy: Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Program
Office: Education Building, Rm 235
Phone: (559) 278-0238