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About

When it comes to possibilities in the field of education, we've got you covered. TUC's Graduate School of Education includes numerous teacher credentials and master’s degree options offered in a flexible and supportive environment.

Dedication to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In TUC's GSOE program, we know that by promoting innovation, equity, diversity, and inclusion our exceptional graduates carry it into their lives, schools and workplaces.

Your experience in the TUC Graduate School of Education has its deepest meaning when it is shared, implemented and expanded upon. That’s why we train our graduates to:

  • Apply knowledge in real, complex teaching situations
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences
  • Collaborate with colleagues across disciplines
  • Promote social justice by serving the community and larger society

GSOE Leadership

Lisa Norton

Dr. Lisa Norton, Dean, College of Education and Health Sciences

Dr. Norton joined the College of Education and Health Sciences - under whose leadership GSOE falls - in 2016. Previously, she served as Associate Dean of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

There, she coordinated the first student success center in the College of Education and Health Professions to help students, especially those historically underserved, stay or get back on track.

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Louise Santiago

Dr. Louise Santiago, GSOE Program Director

Dr. Santiago first came to TUC as an adjunct instructor in 2008 after serving in both Oakland and Vallejo schools. As a Latinx leader, Dr. Santiago's research and volunteer efforts focus on the importance of increasing the diversity of teachers and school leaders.

Toward that end, Dr. Santiago in early 2020 initiated the Solano County Diverse Educator Network (DEN) to address ways to increase diversity in the educator workforce.

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Accreditation

Touro University California Accreditation

Touro University California is accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Higher Education for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

GSOE Accreditation

TUC's GSOE is granted the authority to offer Masters of Arts in Education (MA. Ed) and Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degrees by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The next accreditation review takes place spring 2026.

The GSOE is certified to recommend and authorize teacher credentials by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Touro University California is fully endorsed by the CCTC until spring 2026.

Mission

GSOE's education programs prepare educators to meet the needs of all students and train them for the future of education. Our Mission is to promote social justice by serving the community and larger society; as well as to prepare and continuously support professional educators to meet the needs of a constantly changing and diverse student population.

The GSOE has taken concrete steps to recruit candidates that reflect this diverse student body and provide the support to succeed.

Program Goals

  • Promote equity, diversity, and inclusive education
  • Prepare innovative, culturally responsive educators
  • Offer continuing support to educators
  • Meet the needs of an expanding, diverse student population
  • Promote social justice by serving the community and larger society
  • Foster a welcoming university culture that promotes health and wellness.