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Graduate Program Overview

The Graduate School of Education is committed to high-quality scholarship and professionalism in order to prepare future leaders of education practice, policy, and research. Faculty research and teaching are grounded equally in theory and practice.

The Graduate School of Education offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Master's of Arts (M.A.), and credential degree programs. The Ph.D. degree is designed for students interested in pursuing scholarly research and academic careers in education. The Ed.D. is a professional degree designed for individuals seeking advanced professional preparation to become school administrators or other educational leaders. The M.A. degree serves the interest of students who want to carve out a career in education, either as an education researcher or as an education practitioner. Credential programs, which all contain an M.A. component, are designed for students who plan to work in schools as teachers, principals, district and county administrators, and school psychologists.

Areas of Study

Degree and credential programs are grouped under three main areas of study: (1) Cognition and Development; (2) Language and Literacy, Society and Culture; and (3) Policy, Organization, Measurement and Evaluation.

The Cognition and Development (CD) area of study focuses on the interplay among cognitive, social, and developmental processes in diverse areas of human knowledge and experience. Faculty concentrate on learning in mathematics, science, and technology, as well as a wide range of issues involving cognitive, social, and moral development. Faculty and student research typically occurs in field settings (e.g. classrooms), providing fertile sites for conceptual advances, as well as the improvement of educational practices. Cognition and Development supports both professional and academic programs, each enriching the other in courses and research opportunities.

Faculty and students in Language and Literacy, Society and Culture (LLSC) study, design, and participate in transformative approaches to individual and social development within schools and in diverse contexts of communities, workplaces, and social movements. They focus on methodically grounded examinations of talk and activity, and language and literacy, through the lens of sociocultural theories to understand and inform the ecology of learning and schooling. Of special concern is work toward equity and social justice for students, groups, families, and communities, including non-native speakers of English. Offerings include both professional and academic programs.

Programs in Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation (POME) emphasize (1) the study of schools as institutions and school systems; (2) the formulation and effects of educational policy; and (3) methods of research, measurement, and evaluation. POME students enter as a cohort, take courses together, join faculty research groups, and cultivate their own areas of interest and expertise in education. POME faculty have strengths and interests that combine:

• a focus on the institutions of schooling analyzed from various disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, economics, and history;

• experience in linking research, policy, and practice at the local, state, and national levels;

• a breadth and depth of methodological, measurement, and evaluation expertise to conduct policy-oriented research and to inform sound institutional leadership and decision making; and

• the analysis of and practice related to leadership in schools at both school and district levels.

The Leadership for Educational Equity Program (LEEP) is a School-wide Ed.D program that offers a three-year course of study with evening, weekend, and summer schedule to accommodate needs of working professionals. LEEP uses a cohort model that builds professional relationships among peers. Students participate in school- and district-based residencies to undertake problem-based research. Students strive to understand how to create effective, equitable, and democratic schools that value cultural diversity.

The Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to advancing the understanding and practice of learning and teaching in science and mathematics. SESAME's faculty include scientists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, and education professors. Students are expected to have or obtain at least master's-level competency in their mathematical or scientific discipline on the way to the Ph.Ds.

Undergraduate Minor in Education

The School of Education offers a minor in education for undergraduates currently enrolled at Berkeley. The minor in education provides an opportunity to examine systematically an institution that occupies a unique position in society and profoundly influences virtually everyone. This program is designed to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the relationship of education to the development of societies and individuals. Its focus is on the potential as well as the reality of diverse forms of education. The minor offers an opportunity for intellectual inquiry to broaden and complement students' work in their major fields of study. In the process, students will encounter the wide array of professional possibilities in the field of education, enabling those considering a career in the field to make an informed choice.

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