Kip Téllez
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Affiliations Crown College, Stevenson College
  • Phone
    831-459-2208 (Office), 831-345-7081 (Mobile)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, McHenry 3159 (see my personal website for directions)
    • McHenry Building, Room 3159
  • Office Hours By Appointment in all quarters
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Education, Language Development
  • Courses ED 203 Methods of English Language Development, ED 267 Introduction to Qualitative Methods, ED 266 Program Evaluation Methods, ED 115 K12 Student Assessment

Summary of Expertise

Topics: Second Language and Bilingual Education, Issues of Equity in Schools, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education and Policy, Assessment of Teaching, Literacy Development

Methodologies: Quantitative Analyses, Interview Methods and the Analysis of Interview Data, and Mixed Methodologies

Biography, Education and Training

Kip Téllez is Professor in the Education Department at UCSC, where he served as Chair from 2007-2014.  Prior to coming to UCSC, he taught elementary and high school in east Los Angeles county. His instructional focus has always been on teaching English Language Learners. An interest in educational linguistics led him to earn his PhD at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. After graduate school, he began his first academic position at the University of Houston, where he taught courses on methods and theories of second language education and teacher education and policy, while also working to initiate three two-way dual immersion programs in the Houston/Galveston area. Arriving at UCSC in the summer of 2000, he has continued his research on language teaching and learning, while also teaching the English Learning Development courses in the Masters/Credential program. His ongoing interests in educational equity and policy analysis have led to several publications. He served as the Editor of Teacher Education Quarterly (2013-2017), a prominent publication in the field. 

Selected Publications


  • Téllez, K., & Waxman, H. (2006). Preparing quality educators for English language learners: Research, policy, and practice. Mahweh, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Téllez, K , Moschkovich, J., &. Civil, M. (Eds.) (2011. Latinos and mathematics education: Research on learning and teaching in classrooms and communities. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • Téllez, K. (2010). Teaching English language learners: Fostering language and the democratic experience. New York: Routledge. 
  • Téllez, K. (2016). The teaching instinct: Explorations into what makes us human. New York: Routledge
  • See my website for additional publications

Teaching Interests

Working with all levels of students at the university (undergraduate, MA, PhD) is very rewarding for me. I truly enjoy helping doctoral students with research design and data analysis and welcome a new student every year. Teaching the MA/Credential students the methods of ELD is also a very important task and a genuine love of mine. And I find the undergraduates here at UCSC to be very sophisticated in their thinking and so I relish teaching in our minor program.