Educational Leadership & Special Education

Welcome 

The Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education (ELSE) exists to provide state-of-the-art professional preparation for educators in the fields of educational administration and special education. The core values of our department center upon a dedication to educational excellence as a pivotal contributor to social progress. Indices of our notion of excellence include a view of schools as a crucible for an effective democracy, societal inclusivity, respect for differences in students, and an unflinching concentration on educational efficacy.

Students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education may expect to encounter programs that present cutting-edge information and skills that are grounded in research, related to professional practice and delivered by an expert, committed faculty. Our programs consist of rigorous coursework, individual attention and an environment respectful of differing perspectives. We strive to make our programs conveniently accessible to working professionals by offering courses in the evening and on weekends and in off-campus satellite location around the North-Bay region. 

Contact Us 

Department Chair 

Dr. Sandy Ayala 
ayalas@sonoma.edu 
707-664-2972

Administrative Support Coordinator

Poonam Rani  
rani@sonoma.edu 
 707-664-4203