Graduate College of Education

Our college continues the proud legacy of San Francisco State University, which began as the Normal School for Teachers in 1899. SF State has always been an innovator in education, and our programs continue in this tradition through providing multiple pathways for future educators to provide lifelong learning to the community.

Our programs have a deep impact. For the past 100 years, we have provided the lion's share of primary and secondary education teachers to schools in our three service counties --San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo. The vast majority of educators in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties who support students with speech, auditory or language disabilities have degrees or credentialing from San Francisco State University. 

Donating to SF State's Graduate School of Education is an investment into our entire community. Our commitment to diversity, expertise in non-traditional education, and education-for-all ethos ensures the health of our students, their families, and beyond.

Graduate College of Education Funding Initiatives

Studens at Commencement


Scholarships provide much-needed support to students to defray the cost of attending the University.

Students studying

Center for Future Educator Pathways

The Center addresses critical needs in the recruitment, preparation and retention of high quality educators from a diversity of backgrounds. 

Graduate College of Education Stories

California has a serious teacher shortage in its public schools. The ratio of students to teachers is now about 30 to one, according to the California Department of Education, and the number of credentialed teachers coming from the state’s colleges and universities is not keeping up, with approximately 10,500 graduating annually to fill nearly 20,000 openings.

After receiving the Larsen Scholarship for the Graduate College of Education while pursuing his Master's degree at SF State, Ahmet Ustunel became a teacher of visually impaired students in San Francisco public schools. He also won a grant to develop a non-visually operated smart kayak, known as NOSK.

SF State’s SF Math Circles is an innovative afterschool program for 2nd-8th graders that inspires SF State students to become math teachers.

For more information about donating to the Graduate College of Education:

David Fierberg, MNA, CFRE

Director of Development
Graduate College of Education
Phone: (415) 405-3966