Welcome From the Department Chair

On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Education, I am pleased to welcome you to our website!

In the Department of Education at UCSB, we offer students the opportunity to learn and build knowledge about the needs of learners, the complex processes of teaching and learning, and the structures and policies of schools -- with a focus on the diversity of California, the nation, and the world. Our renowned faculty work in three broad program areas to investigate important issues that shape learning environments, the needs of diverse learners, the development of disciplinary knowledge, and educational policies. In our doctoral program, we mentor graduate students through small seminars and research groups toward their future careers as professors, researchers, teacher educators, and educational administrators. Our master's program (both the professional and research strands) offers graduate students opportunities to learn the basics of doing and applying research in numerous settings ranging from preschools, to the university, to community organizations. Further, through our two minors (Educational Studies, and Science and Mathematics Education), we encourage undergraduates to explore career options in the field of education and to participate in research projects with faculty.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our programs and research areas. Please feel free to contact me, the faculty, and our staff for more information.


Mian Wang
Professor and Chair of the Department of Education

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APPLICATION DEADLINES: The final application deadline for fall 2024 Ph.D. and M.A./Ph.D. students is December 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM, PST. Primary consideration deadline for fall 2024 M.A. ONLY students is also December 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM, PST. Secondary consideration and FINAL deadline for fall 2024 M.A. ONLY students is May 13, 2024 at 11:59 PM, PST. (No funding available for applications submitted during the May deadline.)

*The Department of Education does not require GRE scores.


In the pursuit of academic excellence, the Department of Education, as part of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE), is committed to recruiting, supporting, and retaining a community of students, faculty, and staff that reflects the diversity of our state and nation. The students, faculty, and staff of the GGSE recognize and respect the dignity and worth of all people. We value individual differences including, but not limited to, racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, age, and divergent perspectives. Our goal is to create a diverse community where all members feel safe and included. We welcome discussion of complex issues related to diversity and equity inside and outside the classroom. We are committed to providing all members of the GGSE community multiple opportunities for their voices to be heard. We believe a dedication to these principles of inclusion is essential to our scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and democracy.

Department of Education News

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Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj Co-Authors EdResearch for Action Brief on English Learners and Immigrant-Origin Students

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Associate Professor in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, and Adam Strom, from Re-imagining Migration, co-authored the brief “Promoting School Success for Immigrant-Origin Students,” released by Results for America and the Annenberg Institute at Brown University.

GGSE News > Dept. of Education

Royce Olarte 2024 Grad Slam Runner-Up

Education Ph.D. Candidate Royce Olarte Earns Runner-Up Prize for  Grad Slam 2024

Royce Olarte, a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics Education in the Gevirtz School Department of Education, earned the Runner-Up award and a $1,000 prize in the Final Round of the UC Santa Barbara 2024 Grad Slam research presentation competition held on April 5.

GGSE News > Dept. of Education

GGSE Research Symposium 2024

Gevirtz School of Education Research Symposium Examines Equitable Learning Environments

The Graduate Student Association in Education at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) will hold its 2024 Research Symposium on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, featuring the theme “Strengthening Communities Through Equity-Centered Perspectives on Education.” 


GGSE News > Dept. of Education

Mayra Puente

Mayra Puente Receives AERA Award for Co-Authoring Article on “Platicando Y Mapeando” Methodology in Educational Research

Mayra Puente, Assistant Professor at the UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, and Verónica N. Vélez, Professor at Western Washington University Woodring College of Education, have received the AERA (American Educational Research Association) Division J Outstanding Publication Award for their co-authored article “Platicando y Mapeando: A Chicana/Latina Feminist GIS Methodology in Educational Research,” published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 

GGSE News > Dept. of Education

Department of Education Leadership Contact Information and Faculty Office Hours

Contact Information for Program

Office: ED 3103
Email: progoffice@education.ucsb.edu
Phone: (805) 893-4515
Fax: (805) 893-7264

Mailing Address:

GGSE Dept. of Education
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490

Program Office Staff

Michael Coopersmith
Department Administrator
Office: ED 3105

Brenda Lavin
Program Coordinator
Office: ED 3103
Hours: M-F 8:00 - 4:30 


Mian Wang, Professor
Chair's Office:  ED 3153
(805) 893-5605

Vice Chair

Karen Nylund-Gibson, Associate Professor
Office:  ED 3107
(805) 893-5165

Graduate Advisor

Andrew Maul, Associate Professor
Office:  ED 3109
(805) 893-7770

Graduate Diversity Officer

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Associate Professor
Office:  ED 3117