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


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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The final application deadline for fall 2023 Ph.D. and MA/Ph.D. students was December 1, 2022 at 11:59 PST.

Primary consideration deadline for fall 2023 MA only students was December 1, 2022 at 11:59 PST.

Secondary consideration and final deadline for fall 2023 MA only students is May 16, 2023 at 11:59 PST (no funding available for applications submitted for the May deadline).

*Applications submitted by December 1, 2022 will be reviewed shortly after the deadline. Those submitted for secondary consideration will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 1, 2023.

*The Department of Education doe not require GRE scores.

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