Cal State L.A.

Rebecca Joseph


Office Hours
Thursday 1-4 and 8:10-9:10

Rebecca Joseph, PhD

Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction

Office: King Hall B2023
Phone: 323-468-1008


I am committed to providing high quality education to all students so that they can lead better lives. A former urban English teacher, I received my BA at Harvard, my teaching credential and masters at Towson University, and my PhD at UCLA. I believe that college should be an option for all and devote my teaching, research, presentations, evaluations, and service to helping all students receive a high quality, college ready education. I also help students and schools focus on empowering students throughout the college readiness, application, and admissions process. I work with first generation college goers throughout their college years as well and am currently developing a free website to help first generation college goers. I am also committed to helping teachers, counselors, school and community leaders to develop a stronger understanding of how to encourage all students to succeed in and out of school and to develop the skills and traits necessary for success in college and in life. I am currently a member of AERA, NCTE, NACAC, and WACAC. I am increasingly being invited to address groups across the state, country and Canada about college access.



I am committed to training high quality teachers and counselors who believe in the power of rigorous expectations, the strong links between classroom management and planning, and the need for ongoing reflection and learning. I teach them to understand their role as mentors and teachers who tailor their instruction to their students while at the same time preparing students for college. For the past four years, I have led a cohort of secondary teachers through their credential and hope to continue this work as our university schedule shifts. I am committed to literacy across the curriculum, deep, reflective teaching practices, and the benefit of student cohorts. I am also very interested in teaching writing and helping students develop the literacy skills they need to soar in college. I am equally committed to training teachers and counselors how to help students write powerful college essays and to help families understand the complexities of the college readiness and admissions process. I am committed to helping first generation students through the college admissions process from high school and community college.



My current research is devoted to college access. I have spent the past four years evaluating a GEAR UP program's effect on first generation college goers matriculation to college. I am also a co-PI on a major research study of a state-wide effort to reduce literacy remediation rates at the college level through a K-16 partnership. I am also very interested in how teachers can serve as lay college college counselors as well as different ways to encourage first generation students to matriculate directly to four year colleges. I am also very committed to writing about how I attempt to practice what I preach in my own teaching.



Title Date
Joseph, R., Pineda-Scott, C., & Duran, W. (2010). Institutional impacts of an urban high school-university partnership. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver. April 2010
Joseph, R. Surviving a perfect storm: A college readiness primer. Free presentation at UCLA. Los Angeles: UCLA. March 2010 and April 2009
Joseph, R. (2009). Communicating their stories: Helping students write powerful college essays. Annual Meeting of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, Baltimore, Maryland September 2009
Hafner, A. & Joseph, R. (2009). Evaluating teacher professional development to close the gap between college eligibility and readiness for college. Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Associate, San Diego. April 2009
Joseph, R. (2008). Who Coaches the coach?: A teacher educator/literacy coach tries to practice what she teaches. California English, 14 (2), 16-19 2008



PhD Urban School June 2005

MAT Secondary English May 1994

BA American History and Literature June 1985



Course Course Title Day & Time Room Quarter
EDSE 445B-Section 3 Proseminar Thursdays, 4:20-8:10 Salazar C169 Winter 2010
EDSE 445C- Directed Teaching     Winter 2010


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