Michael Cosenza, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Learning and Teaching and Interim Assistant Dean
Dr. Cosenza teaches courses in teaching methods and conducts CalTPA seminars for the teacher credentialing program. In his role as chair, Dr. Cosenza provides oversight and leadership for all general education and special education credentials.
Together with faculty coordinators, he provides oversight of the:
- Masters Degrees in Teacher Leadership, Special Eduction and Education, Literacy and Technology.
- The Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships with Flory Academy of Sciences and Technology in Moorpark, Campus Canyon in Moorpark, Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks and Colina Middle School in Thousand Oaks.
- The California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) program which are assessments required of each candidate before they are recommended for a teaching credential.
In addition to his departmental responsibilities, Dr. Cosenza serves on the University's Subject Matter Committee and the Graduate School of Education's Assessment and Educational Effectiveness Committee. Outside the University he is a member of the CalTPA Steering Committee for the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, serves as president of the Southern California Professional Development School Consortium (SCPDS), and serves on the Higher Education Advisory Board for the Ventura County Office of Education.
- B.A. Queens College of the City University of New York
- CA K-12 Multi-Subject Teaching Credential/CLAD
- M.Ed. California Lutheran University
- Ed.D. California Lutheran University
Dr. Cosenza's areas of expertise include:
- Teaching Methods and Differentiation Strategies
- Instructional Planning/Design
- Integrating Technology into the curriculum
- Clinical Field Experiences for teacher preparation
- Development of Strategic Plans
- The California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA).
- The use of the Professional Development School (PDS) model for the preparation of new teachers and the continued development of veteran teachers
- Teacher Leadership, Collaborative Leadership and Developing Professional Learning Communities
Office: Spies Bornemann Room 207