Message from the Undergraduate Studies Chair

Sheri Hembree

Welcome to the Undergraduate Studies in Education! Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children, families and the community by (a) advancing knowledge in the Deaf Culture and in Child Development, (b) preparing students for professional and academic careers through high-quality instruction, and (c) developing community advocates. The B.A. programs provide a diverse group of students the opportunity to develop competencies related to their academic development and professional lives. Further, the faculty strives to develop community leaders who advocate for children and families in their respective community settings.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies in Education serves as an advocate for undergraduate programs in the College of Education. It promotes academic success to a diverse undergraduate student population by providing students with options to engage in challenging educational opportunities. Students become responsible members of society through a sound academic preparation for their major field of study.

The major academic areas in Undergraduate Studies in Education include Child Development, Deaf Studies and a range of general education and elective courses. This collaborative arrangement across disciplines ensures that students are prepared for the rigor of their intended major and are engaged in leadership, service, citizenship, and community development activities. This multidisciplinary approach to teaching the whole student prepares students to function in an increasing demanding profession and society.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies in Education is guided by the following points:

  • We offer two BA programs (Child Development and DEAF Studies) and four minors: American Sign Language/Deaf Studies; Child Development, Child Development - Counseling; and Education: Teaching, Equity and Engagement (with a focus on teaching, equity, and engagement; linguistic diversity; culture and social justice).
  • Our programs serve the General Education System by offering GE courses in Areas A through E, including Writing Intensive, Race and Ethnicity, and Foreign Language requirements.
  • We prepare students to be innovative critical thinkers, educated individuals and to have a rich understanding of theory and practice needed for future careers.
  • Students who have completed our programs will have written research papers, created a research study, given individual and group presentations and examined avenues for applying that knowledge in a community setting.
  • We provide an accessible pathway for working teachers and administrators in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
  • We prepare students to enter the elementary teaching credential program, to work with children and families in the community, private & public, government, social and therapeutic settings.
  • We offer academic training for students to pursue advance degrees (MA and Ph.D. or EDD) in related fields.
  • We offer the only Deaf Studies BA in "Northern" CA. We have a CHAMP team of Deaf Studies Professors! ASL is the 3rd most used language in the USA.
  • Deaf study is multicultural and multidisciplinary discipline. We teach a language that enables a child to communicate with his or her parent considerably earlier than typically achieved via spoken language.
  • We empower students to become effective allies in the Deaf community working towards social justice.

Thanks for taking the time to explore our academic community. If you have questions of any kind, please visit Academic and Program Services in Eureka 401, call us at 916-278-6639, or email us at


Sheri Hembree
Interim Chair, Undergraduate Studies