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Education and Social Transformation Major

Education and Social Transformation is more than just the name of the major — it is our commitment to educating you as activists to go into the world leading change. In the undergraduate major program, you analyze current issues in education through a social justice lens and emerge as effective advocates for positive change.
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Major and Pre-Major Application
Winter 2022

What You Will Learn

A degree in Education and Social Transformation will give students multiple perspectives on the world and how it relates to education. At the heart of the department is a commitment to diversity, pluralism, and social justice. Our program offers interdisciplinary perspectives, including from the fields of developmental psychology, sociology, and comparative education. It will also include a strong component in educational research and evaluation, preparing students for both future graduate study as well as for their careers. Students in the Education and Social Transformation major will learn the following:

Ability to Analyze Education in Social and Political Contexts with an understanding of:

  • The educational landscape in our country
  • The science of learning and human development in educational settings
  • Education and educational institutions in social, cultural, and historical contexts and the impact of these contexts on educational ideals and practices, and on society as a whole
  • Organizational cultures and dynamics and the ability to analyze and critique global, national, and local educational policies for effective leadership in promoting equity and liberation rather than stratification and oppression

Skills for Effecting Change

  • How to interpret social data and research and to critically evaluate research studies.
  • How to apply these understandings to imagine, assess, and implement solutions to specific problems in education.

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Community Engagement

Central to the curriculum and learning goals of the undergraduate major in Education and Social Transformation is community engagement. Community engagement is the cornerstone of a participatory multicultural democracy, and we define it as establishing and reaffirming partnerships with local communities engaged with addressing the most pressing educational and social issues.
Sarah Bang, former liaison to UCLA Community Schools, welcomed South L.A. students to the Summer Institute at Horace Mann Middle School earlier this year. Photo by Christine Shen
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Faculty & Research

Students at UCLA Department of Education benefit from — and contribute to — the resources of the country’s #1 public graduate school of education.

A distinguished faculty committed to research and teaching and excellent research centers and institutes offer extraordinary opportunities for student endeavors. We are preparing the next generation of educators, researchers and professionals to address some of the most pressing challenges in the field of education.

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