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Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education

The department offers programs which are innovative, accredited and promote excellence in the educational field. It’s programs are committed to the teaching of social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogies. It also recognizes the value of working with diverse populations, and is dedicated to the equity and excellence of all students. Our programs prepare those wanting to become elementary (K-8), highschool (9-12), or special education teachers. It also offers graduate level coursework leading to a master’s degree, advanced credentials, and certificates.

Our teaching credential programs include three (3) preliminary  teaching credential programs: Multiple Subject,  Single Subject, and an Education Specialist. The department also offers a Bilingual Spanish or Hmong Authorization and a Certificate of Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Studies in Secondary Schooling.

At the graduate level, the LEBSE Department offers a Master of Arts program in Education with an option in Multilingual Multicultural Education, a Master of Arts program with an option in Reading/Language Arts with an added authorization and an advanced credential. It also offers a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with an advanced credential and a Master of Arts in Special Education

Department Vision, Mission and Beliefs


To empower education professionals, schools, and communities.


The mission of the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education is to engage and holistically support our teacher candidates and graduate students in developing competencies, knowledge, and resources to equitably serve our broader communities.


  1. We believe in inclusive education and that all means all students.
  2. We believe our diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, languages, and literacies are assets.
  3. We believe in creating developmentally appropriate educational experiences that encourage development of the whole person through deep questioning, research, and reflection.
  4. We believe in the discovery and advancement of new knowledge through collaborative inquiry, innovation, and research.
  5. We believe in engaging our broader communities as partners to maintain open communication, build trust, and foster relationships with students, educators, and families.

You’re invited to visit the faculty webpages to learn more about the LEBSE Department faculty and their professional interests. For more information about the department, please contact the Department Chair and/or the Department Administrative Support Coordinator via phone or email.

Contact Us

Visit Us: Education Building ED 250

Mailing Address: 5005 N. Maple Ave. M/S ED202, Fresno, CA 93740-8025

Imelda Basurto
Department Chair

Carmen Chapman
Administrative Support Coordinator II

Meet Our Faculty

Interested in teaching for the LEBSE Department? Click here if you are! 

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Tenured Faculty List
Name Title Email
Imelda Basurto Professor, Department Chair and Coordinator, Single Subject Credential Program 
Lisa Bennett Associate Professor 
Monica Billen Associate Professor and Coordinator, Reading/Literacy Graduate Program 
Christina Bosch Assistant Professor 
Feiyan Chen Associate Professor 
Kimberly Coy Assistant Professor 
William Garnett Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Special Education Graduate Program 
Steve Hart Professor and Sanger Professor in Residence 
Heather Horsley Assistant Professor and Coordinator,  Multiple Subject Credential Program 
Teresa Huerta Associate Professor and Coordinator, Multilingual Multicultural Education Graduate Program 
Ana Soltero Lopez Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Bilingual Authorization Program 
David Low Associate Professor 
Michael Mahoney Assistant Professor and Education Specialist  Coordinator
Dana Powell Professor 
Kristina Rios Assistant Professor 
Tony Vang Associate Professor 
Juliet Wahleithner Associate Professor and Co-Director of Teacher Education 
Pei-Ying Wu Assistant Professor and Fansler Chair, Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center 

Full-Time Faculty

Full-Time Faculty List
Name Title Email
Cheryl S. Mcdonald Lecturer

Catherine Mathis Lecturer and (Interium) ECE Gradaute Program Coodinator 

Part-Time Faculty Instructors

Part-Time Faculty List
Name Title Email
Suzanne Brandl Lecturer 
Josefa Bustos-Pelayo Lecturer 
Karen Dockery Lecturer 
Thea Fabian Lecturer

Jessica Galvan Lecturer

Christina Macias Lecturer 
Edith Marin Lecturer

Mathew Scott Merrill Lecturer

Lisa McPhetridge Lecturer 
Emy Phillips Lecturer

Tangee Pinheiro Lecturer 
Sandra Richardson Lecturer 
Ana Rosas Lecturer

Tracy Smith Lecturer/Coach 
Chrystal Swart Lecturer

Tom Thao Lecturer

Vang Thao Lecturer

Lisa Thompkins Lecturer

Jeannette Vestal Lecturer 
Gladys Villanueva Lecturer

Nancy Walker Lecturer 
Kathy Wandler Lecturer 
Vicky Xiong-Lor Lecturer

Ellen Youssef Lecturer 

Karla Dyar


Deborah Folmer


Shelley Franco


Patricia Lewis


Sharon Malang


Joan Muse


Sina Shamp


Geoffrey Tiftick


Barbara Williford