Graduate College of Education News and Stories

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Supporting Future Educators of Underserved Communities

Vanson Nguyen established a scholarship fund for students in the GCoE educational doctorate program after he graduated from it. The fund does not have a GPA requirement, “I don't want a student like me to not have the opportunity to get a scholarship because of a low GPA.”

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Q&A with Cynthia Grutzik, Dean of the Graduate College of Education

Cynthia Grutzik, Ph.D. became Dean of the Graduate School of Education (GCE) in 2018. Read about GCoE and Dean Grutzik's plans for the future of the college.

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SF State Tackles Public School Teacher Shortfall

California has a serious teacher shortage in its public schools. The GCoE is on the vanguard of educating the teachers of tomorrow.

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Ahmet Ustunel: The Blind Captain

To the world, he is known as Ahmet Ustunel (M.A.’09). Others know him as the blind captain. But for some, he will forever be known as a hero. Born with a rare form of cancer in the eyes, Ahmet has been completely blind since the age of three.

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The Gift That's Good for You and Good for Us — Donor Jo Markovich

In 2002, Jo Markovich (BA ’57, MA ’64) inquired about the benefits of a charitable gift annuity with SF State. With her degrees in special education from SF State, Jo became a teacher— an occupation she heavily cherished. She was eager to give back to the University, and through a charitable gift annuity, she accomplished that objective while ensuring a fixed annuity income each year for the duration of her life.