Sneha A. Tharayil, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education

Phone: (626) 815-5312
Office Location: Building One, Office 113P
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Sneha A. Tharayil, PhD, is a proud alumna of Azusa Pacific University, having graduated from the Liberal Studies program in 2008. She then went on to earn her Multiple (and Single) subject credentials and Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Cal Poly Pomona University in 2012. After teaching in a variety of K-12 classrooms, including as a 6 th -8 th grade science, writing, and math teacher in a Catholic elementary school in California’s San Fernando Valley, she went onto pursue her Ph.D. in STEM Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research specializes in project-based service-learning for pre-college engineering education. Dr. Tharayil’s research interests span a host of issues pertaining to K-12 engineering education, youth purpose, and integrating Christian faith and morals. Dr. Tharayil also previously participated in multiple professional development and research internship programs with NASA, including a summer research internship with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2012.


  • PhD, STEM Education, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction, Cal Poly Pomona University
  • BA, Liberal Studies, Azusa Pacific University


  • Single Subject Teaching Credential (Biological Sciences; Social Science)
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Academic Area

  • School of Education
    • Division of Teacher Education


  • Active Learning
  • Pre-College STEM Education
  • Service-Learning

Courses Taught

  • EDLS 200 - Intro to Teaching K-12
  • EDLS 202 - Intro to Teaching 7-12
  • EDLS 405 - Diversity in the Classroom
  • EDLS 496 - Writing 3 - Education and Professional Ethics

Office Hours

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 PM; Thursdays 3:00-5:00 PM

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