​Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Foundations Program Faculty

Program Faculty

As a part of the Option in Educational Foundations, students receive individual advisement and instruction from expert faculty members who combine extensive classroom-teaching experience and scholarship in the area. For more information regarding the Masters in Educational Foundations, you can contact the faculty listed below. 


Allison Mattheis, Ph.D. - Program Coordinator

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Office Location: King Hall  2036A 

Allison Mattheis joined the Applied and Advanced Studies in Education faculty in 2013 and teaches and advises students in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and M.A. in Educational Foundations programs. She is a former secondary school science teacher and holds a K-12 Principal's License (administrative credential) from the state of Minnesota. Her research interests include sociocultural analysis of educational policy, ethnographic explorations of educational and workplace cultures and climates, LGBTQ identities and queer epistemologies in education and STEM fields, and youth-inclusive bicycle and transportation advocacy. Her work is driven by a commitment to empowering teachers as change agents, students as decision makers, and educators as solidarity builders. 


  • Ph.D. (Educational Policy and Leadership, Dept. of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development) University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2013
  • M.A. (Educational Administration, Dept. of Educational Policy and Administration) University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2009
  • B.A. (International Politics, Environmental Studies) Oberlin College, 1999

Ezekiel Joubert III, Ph.D.

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Office Location:King Hall 2037

Phone:(323) 343-4338 Email:ejouber@calstatela.edu


Faculty website: https://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/ezekiel-joubert-iii-assistant-professor

Ezekiel Joubert III is an educator, community-engaged scholar, and creative writer. As faculty in Educational Foundations in the Division of Advanced and Applied Studies, his teaching explores the theories, methods, and politics that undergird the psychological foundations of education and the ideological function, discursive practices, and material conditions of qualitative research methods in education. His scholarly interests focus on the intersections of racial capitalism and Black education, the political economy of student movement, the history of educational inequality in Black rural communities near Metro Detroit and in the Midwest, and Black organic educational intellectual thought and activism. Additionally, he is currently working on a collection of speculative poems and short stories on teaching and learning in marginalized communities. 


Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2019

M.Ed Education and N-12 Special Education Certification Holy Family University Philadelphia, 2012

B.A. English University of MichiganAnn Arbor 2006

Carlos Tejeda, Ph.D.

Office Location: King Hall  20343A


​Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Foundations