About Lurie College

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Who We Are: Our Strategic Plan

At the SJSU Lurie College of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. We do this through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service with a focus on four priority areas:

  • Community engaged: We strive to become the hub for community-centered, educational transformation in the region.
  • Culturally sustaining: We value and sustain the linguistic and cultural practices of the communities we serve and make that the foundation of our work.
  • Holistic: We foster a caring and supportive community of belonging, connectedness, and appreciation.
  • Interdisciplinary: We learn together across and beyond the college, transforming schooling and benefitting our communities.

View examples of our initial strategic plan initiatives and our racial justice priorities on our Strategic Plan webpage.

Lurie College of Education Rankings

U.S. News & World Report's 2023-24 Best Graduate Schools in Education

  • #2 among universities in the Cal State system
  • #3 among universities in the Bay Area
  • #14 among universities in California
  • #157 overall, top 35% among universities in the United States

U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best Speech-Language Pathology Programs

  • Tied for #1 among universities in the Bay Area
  • Tied for #2 among CSUs
  • Tied for #3 among universities in California
  • Ranked #109 among all schools in the United States

Teaching Degree Search's 2021 Best Teaching Schools

  • Ranked #33 for Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools
  • Ranked #68 for Best Teaching Master's Degree Schools

Discover Early Childhood EDU's 2021 Top 63 Best Colleges with Early Childhood Education Master's Degrees

  • Ranked #2 among CSUs and universities in California
  • Ranked #34 among universities in the United States

PayScale's 2021 Best Schools For Education Majors by Salary Potential

  • Ranked #11 among universities in the United States
  • Median early career pay: $50,700; Median mid-career pay: $77,100

Lurie College Impact Report

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our SJSU Lurie College of Education is positioned to lead. Our faculty, staff, and students have done remarkable work during this past year. We’ve grown enrollments in our traditional programs and launched exciting new programs that extend our reach to new student populations. We’ve strengthened our commitment to educational equity and racial justice by investing resources in bold emancipatory initiatives and tackling structural challenges within the college.  We’ve amplified the impact of faculty-led research by strengthening our community partnerships and growing our media engagement. These achievements position Lurie College to lead our regional P-20 educational ecosystem and to be a model nationally of what it means to be a truly transformative college of education.

Read our 2021-2022 Impact Report above or view it as a PDF.

Lurie College In The News

Read more news on the Lurie College blog.

Connie L. Lurie 

Connie L. Lurie

Connie Lurie's commitment to education has had a tremendous impact on both San Jose State University and the Bay Area as a whole. Her dedication to the university and her philanthropic spirit exemplify the ideals of the California State University.

Connie Lurie graduated from San José State with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and psychology in 1964, admirably maintaining her connection to her alma mater to this day. She helped establish San Jose State's Connect Motivate Educate Society, which provides support and mentorship to former foster youth pursuing a college education. In 1998, she endowed the Lurie Author-in-Residence program at San Jose State, which attracts renowned national and international authors to serve as distinguished visiting artist/scholars for one or two semesters. As a result of her philanthropic generosity, the San Jose State University Connie L. Lurie College of Education was named in her honor.

Source: The California State University website

Lurie College Advisory Board

  • Annya Artigas - Coordinator Mental Wellness Support, Alum Rock School District
  • Demerris Brooks - Senior Director, School and Community Programs, Child Mind Institute
  • Shannon Bui - HR Director, Oak Grove School District
  • Ivan Chaidez - Assoc. Superintendent, Oak Grove School District
  • Juan Cruz - Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley School District
  • Brad Davis - Chancellor, West Valley Mission Community College District
  • Mary Ann Dewan - Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Deborah Flores - Superintendent, Gilroy Unified School District
  • Cheryl Jordan - Superintendent, Milpitas Unified School District
  • Stephanie Kashima - President, West Valley Community College
  • Jodi Lax - Associate Superintendent, San Jose Unified School District
  • Elida MacArthur - Superintendent, Mt Pleasant School District
  • Jose Manzo - Superintendent, Oak Grove School District
  • Teresa Marquez - Associate Superintendent, Educational Services, East Side Union High School District
  • Jacqueline Murphy - HR Director, San Jose Unified School District
  • Jonathan Noble - Director, Microsoft
  • Chris Norwood - Board President, Milpitas Unified School District
  • Manuel Nuñez - Assistant Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
  • Renee Pacquier - Dean, West Valley College
  • David Palter - Senior Director of Higher Education and Workforce Development, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Peter Rivera - Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation
  • Vince Stewart - Executive Director, California STEM Network
  • Rowena Tomaneng - President, San Jose Community College
  • Glenn Vander Zee - Superintendent, East Side Union High School District
  • Shelly Viramontez - Superintendent, Campbell Union School District
  • Mara Wold - Region 5 Lead, Expanded Learning Partnerships


The Lurie College of Education credential programs are accredited by the California Commision on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The Masters Program in Speech Language Pathology is further accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).