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The Hufstedler School of Education's History

2000-2001: Bright Beginnings

Alliant International University established its School of Education in 2000 under the expert guidance of Founding Dean Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D. The school initially offered California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited teacher credential and school psychology programs.

Alliant merged with United States International University (USIU) in 2001, and USIU's San Diego-based education programs became part of the Alliant family.

2009: An Honored New Name

In 2009, the School of Education was renamed in honor of Shirley M. Hufstedler, the first U.S. Secretary of Education.

Today, the Hufstedler School of Education is home to almost nine hundred students. We offer our programs at Alliant campuses in:

  • Fresno
  • Irvine
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Mexico City (Mexico)

Today: Setting New Standards for Educational Excellence

We give students thorough preparation to become effective educational leaders in numerous diverse settings:

  • We consciously infuse applied psychology in all of our programs
  • Our courses are grounded in current neuropsychology research, giving our students the advantage of knowing how and why people learn, develop and grow
  • We give students the practical tools they needed to be successful in their careers
  • Strong multicultural and global educational currents run throughout our programs

The Hufstedler Name: Known Near and Far

We are proud that the Hufstedler School of Education programs are significantly visible throughout California, from large urban centers to small towns. Our programs have also touched the world in Mexico, Indonesia, Jordan and China, with many new global opportunities to follow. We are also home to the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction, a nongovernmental agency of the United Nations.