Sherry Ayala, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Sherry Ayala has over 16 years of experience in education serving initially in the classroom as a primary teacher, as well as at the middle school level. She has also worked at the district level on various aspects of curriculum and professional development. Now, she has transitioned to higher education to assist teachers in building their capacity as educational innovators.

Dr. Ayala looks forward to building professional relationships with colleagues and guiding teachers in their educational journeys.

Education

  • Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision
    Arizona State University
  • Master's in Educational Technology
    Northern Arizona University
  • Doctorate in Elementary Education
    Arizona State University

Research Interests

  • Curriculum development
  • Educational innovation
  • Educational Leadership

Program Affiliations

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of a wide range of curriculum development and instructional methods that can improve teaching and learning in diverse educational settings.

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Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of methods of instructional technology for a wide range of educational settings. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.D. in Leadership Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education in Leadership program is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.D. in Nursing Education Doctor of Education

The Doctorate in Nursing Education is for master’s degree nurses who want to help address the growing need for more RNs in today’s ever-expanding healthcare system. The American College of Education Ed.D in Nursing Education program is a fully online curriculum to prepare nurses as educators in either an academic or professional development setting. The program uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to focus on the science of teaching and learning. Students will engage in scholarly research to support their dissertation while developing the competencies to create and evaluate curriculum, develop effective teaching strategies, use innovative technology to promote learning and much more as they prepare to educate the next generation of nurses.

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Ed.D. in Public Health Education Doctor of Education

The customizable Doctorate in Public Health Education is designed for healthcare educators and professionals who wish to address public health issues through education in local, national and international communities at the post-master’s level.

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Ed.D. in Second Language Instruction Doctor of Education

The Doctorate of Education in Second Language Instruction is designed for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training Master of Education

The M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training will prepare you to teach and train adults to advance their careers. Focusing on learning technology tools, you’ll learn to identify adult learning needs, develop training materials for adult learners, and assess adult training efficacy to meet career advancement or workforce development goals.

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M.Ed. in Advanced Studies Master of Education

This program is designed to help those wanting to teach at the secondary or college level meet education requirements. With more than 10 majors and more than five Focus of Study areas, it allows you to obtain 18-credit hours in the area of your choosing.

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M.Ed. in Biology Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Biology Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of biology, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Develop and understand how biology can be taught through different perspectives that encourage real-world applications, effective problem solving and relationship building. 

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M.Ed. in Chemistry Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Chemistry Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of chemistry, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Develop and understand how chemistry can be taught through different perspectives that encourage real-world applications, effective problem solving and using scientific thought to examine the forces acting on matter.

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education

Designed to help you become a school principal, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program will teach you to effectively lead, run, and manage a PreK-12 school.

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Florida Licensure Master of Education

The program is aligned with Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) for effective leadership and is designed to create culturally aware and competent administrators.

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M.Ed. in Educational Technology Master of Education

The Master of Education in Educational Technology program prepares educators and other professionals to serve as technology leaders by teaching them to track trends and leverage technology as an effective tool to support learning and meet the needs of school staff, teachers, and students.

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M.Ed. in Elementary Education Master of Education

Specifically designed for elementary teachers who wish to advance their expertise and skills, the Master of Education in Elementary Education degree will build on their current understanding of young students’ learning needs and introduce them to new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom.

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M.Ed. in Elementary Education for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

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M.Ed. in English Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in English Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of English and literature, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Understand the nuances that come with different literary forms and media. Examine the crossovers of literature, comprehension and communication within both traditional and emerging contexts. Learn how to strengthen the connection between reading and writing to help your students develop strong literacy skills.

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M.Ed. in History Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in History Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of history, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Delve into the major tenets of historical understanding by examining perspectives across time, diverse populations and geography. Cultivate critical thinking to help your students identify rationale and patterns rooted in political, cultural, social or ideological views. Be a model of using historical content to solve today’s real-world problems.

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M.Ed. in Mathematics Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Mathematics Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of mathematics, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Using a discovery model, you’ll learn to identify problems in curricula and make effective adjustments through data, testing and predictive modeling. Gain a comprehensive understanding of mathematics through the integration of core mathematical concepts with culture and practicality.

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M.Ed. in Science Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Social Science Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of social science, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Delve into the range of issues related to human interaction within society by exploring sociology, psychology and human development. Understand the theories and standards that shape our current understanding of human engagement and use that foundation to identify the patterns that could affect future ways of thinking.

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M.Ed. in Social Science Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Social Science Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of social science, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Delve into the range of issues related to human interaction within society by exploring sociology, psychology and human development. Understand the theories and standards that shape our current understanding of human engagement and use that foundation to identify the patterns that could affect future ways of thinking.

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M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership Master of Education

This degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help other teachers reach their full potential. You’ll learn to interpret research on leadership models, teacher evaluation, and motivation, and use it to develop professional learning opportunities that promote continuous improvement

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Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program instructs aspiring school administrators in current scientific research, pedagogy, and instructional technology. Students are empowered to maximize school effectiveness and improve supervision and leadership skills in diverse P-12 school settings. Students will develop the strategies required to lead for learning, including creating a school-wide vision and using data to inform decision-making. The program is aligned with Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) for effective leadership and is designed to create culturally aware and competent administrators.

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M.A. in Elementary Teaching Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching degree is designed for those who want to be elementary teachers but have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields. By building a solid foundation in elementary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career of working with young learners.

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M.A. in Secondary Teaching Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching is designed for students who have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields but want to be teachers at the secondary level. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career in teaching at the secondary level.

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Certificate in Adult Education and Corporate Training Certificate

This certificate is designed to help you utilize teaching skills in an environment that requires professional development, team building, or training to improve personal, collaborative skills in adults. Theories of interaction are taught through experiential activities that you can apply to training opportunities.

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Certificate in Principal Preparation Certificate

Designed for aspiring principals, directors or administrators, our fully online Certificate in Principal Preparation prepares you to become an education leader and earn your administrative or principal certification. You’ll engage with current scientific research, pedagogy and instructional technology while improving your supervision and leadership skills. Understand how to create an effective school-wide vision and use data to inform decision-making in P-12 school settings. Advance your career while maximizing your impact in the field of education.

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Certificate in Teacher Leadership Certificate

Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to learn how to support other teachers through learning how to help them reach their potential in teaching.

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Certificate in Texas Educational Leadership Certificate

This program is offered in Texas only. It is for educators who wish to become an assistant principal or principal and need the Principal as Instructional Leader (EC-12) certification. It will prepare candidates for the Principal as Instructional Leader (EC-12) licensure exam and ensure they are ready for school leadership.

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Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education Certificate

This program is designed for those who want to be elementary teachers but have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields. By building a solid foundation in elementary education, it will prepare you for a career of working with young learners.

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Certificate Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education Certificate

This Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education program is designed for those who want to be teachers but have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, it will prepare you for a career in teaching at the secondary level.

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Certificate in Virtual Instruction Certificate

The Certificate in Virtual Instruction will help you transform your teaching strategies to fit virtual formats. Grounded in current research and best practices, your assignments will help you become a leader in this rapidly evolving field. This transferable certificate can lead to a full degree by adding additional coursework.

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Micro-Credential in Digital Learning and Teaching Micro-Credential

The micro-credential in Digital Learning and Teaching is designed to help educators re-examine technology, student learning, and classroom structure, as well as the roles of teacher and student. The micro-credential explores how to design learning environments supported by technology, integrate digital technology into curriculum to maximize student learning, and evaluate emerging technology for personal and professional productivity.

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Micro-Credential in Educational Technology Micro-Credential

In the Educational Technology, micro-credential attention is given to the broader elements needed for an effective technology program including strategies to assess components, ways to design the virtual environment, and how to lead and guide the process when program change is required.

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Micro-Credential in Information Systems Micro-Credential

This micro-credential addresses the notion that technology is a way of life in the 21st century. Information is gathered, stored, processed for reports and retrieved from data warehouses to be analyzed and acted upon by decision-makers. The quality of the information is critical for effective action in face-to-face environments and in the virtual world of content delivery.

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