South Bay Stretch

USF moves education programs to spacious campus in Cupertino

By Arvin Temkar, USF News Posted Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:23

Students at USF’s School of Education in the South Bay are now getting a true “campus” experience.

USF’s San Jose Campus was located in a downtown office plaza until the building was sold in 2018. This fall, USF moved its education programs to De Anza College, a 112-acre community college campus in Cupertino.

“It makes us feel like we are more integrated into the South Bay community,” School of Education Dean Shabnam Koirala-Azad said. “It’s a beautiful campus, and our students have access to campus services which they didn’t when we were in the other building. I think it has offered our program more dynamism.”

De Anza has strong USF ties. Interim President Christina Espinosa-Pieb MA ’98 and community college district Chancellor Judith Miner EdD ’82 are both alumnae of the USF School of Education.

Miner, who earned an EdD in organization and leadership, said De Anza and USF share a mission of community betterment and social justice. Espinosa-Pieb, first in her family to attend college, earned a MA in international and multicultural education.

The School of Education offers two programs in the new South Bay location: MA in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy (MFT) and the MA in teaching (MAT).

USF’s School of Management and School of Nursing and Health Professions also had programs at the former San Jose Campus, and they have been relocated, too.

Generating Local Interest

The new move could attract more South Bay residents to the School of Education, Miner said. It’s the first time De Anza has had a master’s program on its campus.

“The convenience of having a master’s program at the De Anza campus is likely to attract people who had not considered doing those kinds of programs but could be interested now that they’re in their own backyard,” she said.