Dean's Message Summer 2023
The James R. Watson & Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education ended the 2022/2023 academic year positively. This past academic year marked the college being formally named the James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education in honor of the contributions of Jim and Judy Watson, longtime supporters of CSUSB. Their transformative gift of $8.4 million will support student scholarships and programs, the work of the Watson & Associates Literacy Center, and a Dean’s Endowment Fund. This made our college the fourth education college in the CSU named for a person and the first in the entire CSU system to bear the name of a Hispanic person.
Among the many new initiatives, this past academic year included the 2nd Annual Educational Leadership Summit and Voice for Critical Action: Leading Educational Policies and Practices in an Era of Change held in the San Manuel Student Union North. This event hosted over 150 attendees for the day-long event bringing together Southern California’s top educational leaders. Speakers included Dr. Carlos Ayala (President & CEO, Growing Inland Achievement); Rep. Mark Takano (Congressman for the 41st District of California); and Superintendent Ted Alejandre (Superintendent of San Bernardino County Schools). Three superintendents and one district liaison were recognized for their contributions to Educational Leadership.
‘Eternal Learning’ mural officially unveiled at CSUSB’s Watson College of Education
Our college Minority Male Teacher Pipeline program is in its fourth year. It is recognized throughout California as a leading initiative to significantly increase teacher diversity through intentional recruitment in the Inland Empire and throughout California.
Project Impact has recruited 60 scholars intentionally focusing on Hispanic and African American males to prepare them to be highly skilled, collaborative, inclusive, and committed restorative action educators for educational equity and social justice. The San Bernardino Sun and Los Angeles Daily News featured the program. It was also featured in the Telemundo television program.
Dr. Enrique Murillo, professor in the Teacher Education & Foundations department, director of the Doctoral Studies program, and executive director and founder of the Latino Education & Advocacy Days or LEAD, was named by President Biden to the White House President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics.
WCOE By the Numbers
In the 2022-2023 academic year, the Watson College of Education placed 1,301 candidates in Early Fieldwork, Student Teaching, and Internship in 50 School Districts in 385 Schools. Most placements were in the San Bernardino City USD (204 placements). The second most placements were in Fontana, USD (122 placements). In Spring 2023, the Watson College of Education placed 609 candidates in Early Fieldwork, Student Teaching, and Internship in 47 School Districts in 298 Schools.
We ended the academic year with a total of 560 credentials awarded to various programs as follows:
- Administrative Services Credential candidates - 39
- Education Specialist Teaching Credential candidates - 44
- Designated (Career Technical Education) Credential Candidates - 13
- School Counseling PPS Credential candidates - 36
- School Psychology PPS Credential candidates - 28
- Single Subject Teaching Credential candidates - 201
- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential candidates - 199
Chinaka S. DomNwachukwu, Ph.D.
Dean, Watson College of Education
Phone: (909) 537-5600
Office: CE - 221