Richard Duran with 2014 graduates

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2015 Education Orientation

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Dept of Education News


The final application deadline for fall 2022 Ph.D. and MA/Ph.D. students is December 1, 2021 at 11:59 PST.

Primary consideration deadline for fall 2022 MA only students is December 1, 2021 at 11:59 PST.

Secondary consideration and final deadline for fall 2022 MA only students is May 16, 2022 at 11:59 PST (no funding avaialbe for applications submitted for the May deadline).

*Applications submitted by December 1, 2021 will be reviewed shortly after the deadline. Those submitted for secondary consideration will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 1, 2022.

*The department of Education doe not require GRE scores.

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 seven research 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.


Julie Bianchini
Professor and Chair of the Department of Education

Education Department's Statement of Support for Graduate Students

The Faculty in the Department of Education at UCSB affirm the rights of students to learn and, when they are employed by the university, their rights to engage in collective action, including striking, to improve the terms of their employment. We express our concerns with the long-term, systemic issues that have resulted in the underfunding of public education in California and that have affected the terms of employment of graduate students with respect to class size, workload, and housing arrangements. In an active commitment to advance social justice, we support the efforts of UC's graduate students to address Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) concerns. To the extent we have control over the following matters, we will not penalize Education’s graduate students' COLA actions. We commit ourselves to keep channels of communication open with all graduate students regardless of their involvement and participation in collective actions. Furthermore, we support efforts to alleviate systemic financial burdens, including that of graduate students, as well as collective bargaining, and hope that this will take place promptly.

Education Department's Commitment to Diversity and Equity

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.