Michael N. Cosenza

Michael N. Cosenza, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Spies Bornemann Room 207


Dr. Cosenza teaches courses in teaching methods and conducts CalTPA seminars for the teacher credentialing program.  In his role as Coordinator of Professional Development Schools (PDS), Dr. Cosenza provides oversight and leadership for partnerships with Flory Academy of Sciences and Technology in Moorpark, Campus Canyon in Moorpark, Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks and A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas. 

In addition to his departmental responsibilities, he serves as president of the Southern California Professional Development School Consortium (SCPDS), serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Development Schools, serves on the Advisory Board of Catholic Charities of Ventura County 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




Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Cosenza, M. (2015), Teachers Defining Leadership: Affirming the Teacher Leader Model Standards, Issues in Teacher Education, The journal of the California Council for Teacher Education, 24(2), 79-100


  • Kolpin, T., Shoemaker, E., Allen, J., Thomas-Cary, C., Cosenza, M., Ensey, P., McCambridge, M., Morris, J., Trotter, J. (2015) Concept of Readiness: Assessing Factors in the Development, Implementation and Sustainability of a PDS Partnership School-University Partnerships, The Journal of the National Association of Professional Development Schools, 8(1), 24-36


  • Cosenza, M. (2013), Teacher leadership development in PDSs: Perceptions of 22 Veteran Teachers, School-University Partnerships, The Journal of the National Association of Professional Development Schools, 6(1), 47-58


  • Kolpin, T., Shoemaker, E., Cosenza, M., Taylor, P., Morris, J., Ensey, P., Allen, J., McCambridge, M. (2013), Readiness in a Culture of Inquiry, Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, AERA online paper repository, http://www.aera.net/Publications/OnlinePaperRepository/AERAOnlinePaperRepository/tabid/12720/Default.aspx


  • Erickson, D., Cosenza, M (2012) Paving the Way for Partnerships with Public Schools in Southern California: Leadership Training Centers and Professional Development Schools. In L. Wildman (Ed.) Educational Administration Programs and K-12 Education, Sacramento, CA: Association of California School Administrators


  • Erickson, E., Tenenbaum, M., Botz, H., Cosenza, M., Cruz, S. (2008).  The use of the consultancy protocol in supporting doctoral student work.  Conference Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 2008, Honolulu, HI


  • Cosenza, M. (2004). Computer based mathematics instruction in fifth grade using Accelerated Math. Renaissance Learning, Inc. http://research.renlearn.com/research/246.asp



Under Contract (expected publication Summer 2017)

  • Cosenza, M. Buchanan, M., (Eds.), Professional Development School Partnerships: Connecting Professional Development and Clinical Practice, Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC.

Under Contract (expected publication Spring 2018)

  • Allen, J., Cary, C., Cosenza, M., Kolpin, T., Shoemaker, E., Practical Guide to Assessing PDS Readiness - Using the PDSEA Process

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

  • Cosenza, M. (April 20, 2016), States Created Common Core Not Federal Government, Ventura County Star, Ventura California


  • Cosenza, M, (2015), Essential Six: An articulation agreement developed by the respective participants delineating the roles and responsibilities of all involved, Fall 2015 Edition of  Network News, Magazine of the Southern California Professional Development School Consortium, 4(2), 6-7


  • Cosenza, M., (March 22, 2013), A teacher education model that works, Ventura County Star, Ventura California


  • Cosenza, M. (2010) Using year-long pilot programs to create new PDSs that benefit all stakeholders, PDS Partners, a peer-edited magazine of the National Association of Professional Development Schools 5(3), 8-9
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