About the California School of Education

Our Mission Statement

The California School of Education prepares competent, confident, and conscientious educational leaders who will promote and empower personal growth, academic success, and professional achievement for all in a global society.


All California School of Education credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Alliant International University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Our Partners

Alliant’s California School of Education partners with various organizations in an effort to recruit qualified students to become excellent teachers and address California’s teacher shortage. We know that working together makes our community and the individuals that are a part of it stronger. We proudly partner with the following organizations which positively contribute to our communities every day.

Our Conceptual Framework

The development of the unit’s Conceptual Framework began in 2008 with the then Dean Karen Webb. Since then the conceptual framework has evolved an din May of 2016 the faculty and staff of CSOE gathered over several days to reflect on the initial feedback from the CTC Accreditation visitors in April of 2016. These sessions resulted in an in depth examination of the existing conceptual framework and resulted in a revised school mission and vision as well as a conceptual framework that is tied to the school’s goals and measurable candidate dispositions and expected outcomes.

Conceptual Framework Document

Unit Guiding Principles

CSOE’s guiding principles are anchored in the belief that our mission is realized when our candidates are equipped with the skills to operationalize LEAD. LEAD stands for Leadership (L) Engagement (E) Application (A) and Dedication (D). As leaders, candidates demonstrate social responsibility, ethical action, and a commitment to be agents of change to improve the lives of their communities (L). We highlight for our candidates the value of authentic and collaborative engagement in advancing our communities (E). We train our candidates to be reflective professionals who incorporate theory into best practices; and utilize the knowledge, skills, dispositions, habits of inquiry, and technology that their preparation has honed (A). Courses and assignments are intentionally designed to engage experiences that promote the understanding of theories, concepts, principles, methodologies and approaches that candidates can readily utilize for practice. As candidates in both initial and advanced stages engage in observations, field experiences, and clinical practice, they provide service to their learners/clients, while simultaneously making instructional decisions that are grounded in educational research and/or theory (D).

L = Leadership: Innovation with Accountability
E = Engagement: Active Learning
A = Application: Theory to Practice
D = Dedication: Inclusive Excellence