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Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Dean
The Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) is dedicated to inquiry, the advancement of knowledge, the improvement of professional practice, and service to the education and information professions. GSE&IS develops future generations of scholars, teachers, information professionals, and institutional leaders. Its work is guided by the principles of individual responsibility and social justice, an ethic of caring, and commitment to the communities it serves.
Faculty members and students of GSE&IS combine a passion and skill for cutting-edge research with an appreciation for its application in the widely diverse cultures and communities in which it exists. These communities serve as fertile training ground for students in all programs, through internships, research projects, summer placements, and teaching opportunities.
GSE&IS is committed to the highest quality professional education and to the application of research and scholarship to the challenges facing a diverse and increasingly urbanized world.
Departments and Programs
The school consists of two departments--the Department of Education and the Department of Information Studies. Both have a clear and strong commitment to the pursuit of excellence in their research-oriented and professional degree programs.
Research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs prepare top scholars in their respective fields, while future librarians, archivists, and information professionals, teachers, student affairs practitioners, school administrators, and superintendents are prepared in the various master’s and doctoral professional degree programs. Additionally, UCLA Lab School (Corinne A. Seeds campus) provides an innovative educational program for students 4 to 12 years old.
The school offers the following degrees, in addition to an undergraduate minor in Education Studies:
The school offers three credential programs that are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:
Articulated Degree Programs
The school offers two articulated degree programs:
Concurrent Degree Programs
The school offers two concurrent degree programs:
Admission criteria established by the UCLA Graduate Division require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standards and content to a bachelor’s degree from the University of California. A scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better--or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used--is required for the last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter units of undergraduate study and in any postbaccalaureate study. Further requirements for international students are explained in the Graduate Study section. See http://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/admissions/admisinfo.html.
Departments and programs in the school set additional admission requirements. See http://gseis.ucla.edu.
Specific degree requirements vary according to the department and program. Refer to Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees at http://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/pgmrqintro.htm.
Research Centers and Institutes
The centers and institutes outlined below provide GSE&IS with valuable resources that support school programs and research. See http://gseis.ucla.edu/research/research-centers.
Black Male Institute
The Black Male Institute (BMI) is a cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policymakers dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life chances of black males. Educational settings are considered to be critical spaces for developing informed action to address black male persistence in schooling, recognizing that the challenges that impact the academic success of black males are manifold, be they economic, social, legal, or health-related. See http://www.blackmaleinstitute.org.
Center for Global Education
The Center for Global Education promotes international education to foster cross-cultural awareness, cooperation, and understanding. The center collaborates with colleges, universities, and other organizations around the world to create new and enhance existing study abroad programs, integrate an international and intercultural perspective into the U.S. educational system, increase the ethnic diversity of participants in study abroad, and provide resources to support their participation. See http://globaled.us.
Center for Improving Child Care Quality
The Center for Improving Child Care Quality (CICCQ) conducts high-quality, policy-relevant research, with focus on improving the early care and education environments of young children. Utilizing expertise in the areas of child development, professional development, child care quality, attachment, and observational and survey research methodology, CICCQ conducts basic, applied, and policy-driven research at the local, state, and national levels. CICCQ takes a collaborative approach to the evaluation process, building relationships with community partners to inform research, practice, and professional development. See http://legacy.gseis.ucla.edu/~ciccq/.
Center for Information as Evidence
The Center for Information as Evidence (CIE) serves as an interdisciplinary forum to address the ways in which information objects and systems are created, used, and preserved as legal, administrative, scientific, social, cultural, and historical evidence. CIE is committed to incorporating perspectives from ethnic communities around the world to sustain the diversity within indigenous cultural heritages and broaden methods of information analysis and conservation. See http://legacy.gseis.ucla.edu/cie/.
Center for International and Development Education
The Center for International and Development Education (CIDE) is a research and action center whose mission is to enhance educational capacity, facilitate human and economic development, and promote cross-cultural exchanges related to international and development education. This is accomplished through a series of publications, research programs, practical initiatives, and networks with existing development and academic institutions. See http://www.cideucla.org.
Center for Research and Innovation in Elementary Education
The Center for Research and Innovation in Elementary Education (CONNECT) links nationally recognized researchers with teachers and administrators at UCLA Lab School and public schools in Southern California to investigate central issues in education. Programs examine children’s learning and development from preschool to sixth grade; investigate teaching diverse student populations; encourage exchange of ideas among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers concerned with child development and school reform; and disseminate effective educational approaches and research. See http://www.connect.gseis.ucla.edu.
Center for Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
The Center for Study of Evaluation (CSE)/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) is devoted to educational research, development, training, and dissemination. CSE/CRESST provides leadership to the field in these areas by creating new methodologies for evaluating educational quality, creating new designs for assessing student learning, promoting the sound use of assessment data, setting the national research agenda, and influencing practice. See http://www.cse.ucla.edu.
Center X provides a unique setting where researchers and practitioners collaborate to design and conduct programs that prepare and support K-12 education professionals committed to social justice, instructional excellence, the integration of research and practice, and caring in low-income urban schools. See http://centerx.gseis.ucla.edu.
Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles
The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) is a research center dedicated to creating a new generation of research in social sciences and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. It has commissioned more than 400 studies, published 13 books, been cited in major Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action, and issued numerous reports from authors at universities and research centers across the country. See http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu.
Higher Education Research Institute
The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) conducts research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education. HERI’s research program includes the outcomes of postsecondary education, leadership development, institutional transformation, faculty performance, federal and state policy, and educational equity, and houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), the largest ongoing national study of college students in the U.S. See http://heri.ucla.edu/index.php.
Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access
The Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) seeks to understand and challenge pervasive racial and social class inequalities in education. In addition to conducting research and policy analysis, IDEA supports educators, public officials, advocates, community activists, and young people as they design, conduct, and use research to make high-quality public schools and successful college participation routine occurrences in all communities. IDEA also studies how research combines with strategic communications and public engagement to promote widespread participation in civic life. See http://www.idea.gseis.ucla.edu.
Paulo Freire Institute
The Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) seeks to gather scholars and critics of Freire’s pedagogy in permanent dialog to foster the advancement of new pedagogical theories and concrete interventions in the real world. PFI brings together research, teaching, and technology while concentrating on five major areas: studies of globalization and education, teacher education, a comparative perspective on Latin American education, the politics of education, and Paulo Freire’s political philosophy and critical pedagogy. See http://www.paulofreireinstitute.org.
Sudikoff Family Institute for Education and New Media
The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education and New Media utilizes the popular press and other media to disseminate the work of GSE&IS scholars to policymakers, educators, and the general public. Sudikoff Fellows are selected each year from GSE&IS faculty members to enhance awareness of critical issues related to education and information studies by contributing to a variety of media that reach a lay audience, or serve the public interest in some manner. See http://gseis.ucla.edu/sudikoff/.
UC All-Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity
The UC All-Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC ACCORD) is an interdisciplinary, multicampus research center devoted to a more equitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities in California’s diverse public schools and universities. UC ACCORD leverages the research capacity of the UC system to influence policy and practice to produce more positive educational outcomes for low-income and underrepresented students. See http://ucaccord.gseis.ucla.edu.
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