Cheryl Forbes, Ed.D.


UC San Diego

Cheryl Forbes (UCSD) is currently the Director of Teacher Education and Continuing Lecturer in Education Studies at UCSD. She earned her B.A. in Spanish at the University of Kansas and her M.A. and Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning at UCSD. She was a bilingual classroom and resource teacher in grades 1-6 for twelve years prior to joining the faculty in Education Studies in 1994. As the Director of Teacher Education at UCSD, Dr. Forbes oversees the undergraduate minors and Master’s/credential programs at EDS and collaborates in the oversight of advanced credential programs at UCSD Extension. Her teaching responsibilities at EDS include courses in bilingual education history, politics and theory as well as bilingual methodology for prospective teachers. Dr. Forbes currently serves as a member of the Committee on Accreditation for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Her research interests center on language development and identity construction among bilingual children and youth, as well as on the preparation of teachers for linguistically and culturally diverse settings. Current cross-UC campus projects include a study of STEM teacher preparation (SMTRI), a study exploring social networks and outcomes for preservice teachers, and an investigation of student teaching evaluation practices. Additional projects include Binational Teacher preparation and the impact of heritage language instruction on youth participating in after-school Spanish Literature Club.