What We Do
Our research, teaching, and practice approaches support a vision of public education that has as its goal equity and inclusion at all levels – classroom, school, community, district, state, national, and global – and that positively impacts personal growth and social transformation. Our renowned faculty engage students in theoretical and practical studies, providing opportunities to develop interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as to participate in field studies, unpack the history and philosophy of education, and explore cutting edge research.
Students build their knowledge about education and its policies and practices in a dynamic learning environment facilitates the development of human, organizational, and systemic capacities. The breadth of our faculty’s expertise allows students to conduct research in a number of areas, including:
- Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender
- Learning Sciences and Human Development
- Policy, Politics, and Leadership
- Social Research Methodologies
LEARN MORE about earning a MA or PhD; or click on any of the topics above to see faculty who are conducting research in these areas.
PREPARING FOR K-12
(Earn a MA, and a preliminary California multiple or single-subject teaching credential)
Come learn how to develop professional leadership skills and elevate your understanding of the causes of educational inequality, and contribute to the development of pedagogical, curricular, and policy innovations that provide for greater educational opportunity. We prepare students for a career in one of these fields:
- Classroom teaching
- School site leadership (principals and other administrators)
- District-level/systems leadership; or
- Other education-related fields
(Earn a minor in education)
Through our Undergraduate Minor in Education (UME), we foster and grow the next generation of citizen change agents committed to redressing educational inequality and creating equitable, excellent educational opportunities for all students.
Our UME is Berkeley’s most popular Minor program – and for good reason. Students gain a critical understanding of the correlations between education and the development of societies and individuals. The primary focus of the UME is on potential as well as existing models of education in our diverse society.
We also offer an online minor in education, which can be completed in two summers. The online minor is available to Berkeley and non-Berkeley students.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS
For the 2017-18 academic year, we also offer additional programs in which students can specialize in one of these specific areas:
Graduate Studies in Science and Mathematics Education
Informally known as SESAME, this interdisciplinary graduate program is for students who seek advanced expertise in a scientific discipline as well as in educational theory and research methodologies. The course of study leads to a doctoral degree in science, mathematics, or engineering education. Learn more.
Intersection of Sport and Education
We investigate the ways in which institutionalized sport both conflicts with and complements the educational missions of American secondary and post-secondary schools. Learn more.
Our School Psychology program is based on the assumption that school psychologists, through the skilled application of their knowledge, can work together with teachers and other education professionals to clarify and resolve problems regarding the educational and mental health needs of children in classrooms. Learn more.
Special Education (Joint Doctoral Program with SF State University)
This program prepares leaders in research, teaching, administration, and supervision for the variety of professional needs facing children, youth, and adults with disabilities. It integrates the resources of Berkeley and SFSU, allowing students to combine theoretical interests with applied practices in a broad spectrum of specializations within Special Education. Learn more.