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Dr. Sylvia Kane in Vanguard Magazine

Graduate Education’s Dr. Sylvia Kane is featured in the latest edition of Vanguard Magazine! The two-page article on mentoring starts on page 26. Dr. Kane’s wisdom and insight go far beyond the classroom and Vanguard University is richer because of her experience.


Dr. Sylvia Kane attends AERA Conference in Washington, D.C.

This past April, Dr. Sylvia Kane attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year’s conference was Pubic Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies. Dr. Kane had the privilege of attending many sessions related to Teacher Education and professional practice in increasingly diverse democracies in education. She also chaired a session and attended a Special Plenary Address by Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States. The session was titled, Operation Educate the Educators, which focused on recognizing and supporting military-connected students through university-based research, community partnerships, and teacher education programs.


Accreditation of Graduate Education Credential Program

Vanguard University’s Graduate Program in Education recently went through a four-day visit from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to reaffirm the accreditation of its teaching credential program.  From April 6-9, 2016, the five-member CTC team reviewed all of the program’s standards and documentations, as well as interviewing over 200 constituents of Vanguard’s teaching program.


The unanimous recommendation from the visiting CTC members was to grant our program a full seven-year Accreditation!  As you might imagine, the faculty and staff of the Graduate Program in Education were elated! Contributions from faculty, staff, and our external community contributed greatly to this decision and our elation!


In late April, Dr. Jerry Ternes will attend the Commission on Accreditation (COA) session in Sacramento that will review Vanguard University’s program and make an official decision on the team’s recommendation. We would like to personally thank each person who contributed to this process for their ongoing commitment to Vanguard University’s Graduate Education and Teacher Credential Program!


VU Alumna named District Teacher of the Year!!



Congratulations to Rachel Gil of Villa Fundamental Intermediate School for being selected SAUSD Educator of the Year for the Intermediate division. Gil learned that she had been selected through a surprise visit from Superintendent Rick Miller, and members of his Cabinet during one of her English classes.

Gil will represent SAUSD in the Orange County Teacher of the Year program. She will be recognized with all of the Educators of the Year from each school during a recognition reception and ceremony on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Santa Ana High School.


TPA Coordinator

Graduate Education has a new TPA Coordinator: Jennifer Tuttle. Teaching Performance Assessment is an important part of student teaching. “As of July 2008, California statute (Chap. 517, Stats. 2006) requires all candidates for a preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential to pass an assessment of their teaching performance with K-12 public school students as part of the requirements for earning a teaching credential.” (


Welcome Teresa Dovel

Vanguard University welcomes back Teresa Dovel to Graduate Education! Teresa is the new Program and Accreditation Coordinator. Teresa has her M.A. in Education from Vanguard University and B.S. in Education from Abilene Christian University. She is well prepared to lead Graduate Education! Please give a warm “welcome back” to Teresa.

Esson, Kaileigh, FVHS

Kaleigh Esson, FVHS Water Polo

Kaleigh Esson, a Graduate Education student, was in the Fountain Valley Living magazine in the January 2015 issue! Kaleigh is the head coach for the Lady Barons varsity water polo team. Check out the article on page 34.

Credential Counselors and Analysts of California (CCAC)

Randee Loya and Michelle Romo just returned from the Credential Counselors and Analysts of California’s annual conference in Sacramento. They attended a variety of sessions related to California teaching credential requirements, TPA, Title II reporting, English Language Learners, accreditation and the new Common Core Standards.

Faculty Diversity Research Presentation

Dr. Sylvia Kane presented the results of her Faculty Diversity Research from academic year 2011-2012. Dr. Kane shared her work on the Santa Ana Field Experience Project in which she led a field experience project in Santa Ana with her Grad Ed students. This project was funded by the 2011-2012 Faculty Diversity Research Fund.

Welcome Dr. Terri Munroe!

Welcome to our new Graduate Education Assistant Professor, Terri Munroe, Ph.D.!

Dr. Munroe comes to us from Newport Mesa Unified School District where she was a teacher, English specialist, and professional development trainer. Dr. Munroe has successfully worked with training teachers at the district level, as well as through credential programs at Concordia University and Vanguard University. She has held various consulting positions with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 

Please welcome Dr. Munroe to Vanguard!  We are blessed to have her teaching and mentoring our students!