Graduate Degrees: Ph.D., M.A.

Apply for Admission: December 16, 2016 (M.A., Ph.D, Cred/Ph.D.)
December 16, 2016 (Administrative Services Credential Cred/M.A. and Teaching Credential Cred/M.A.)

Required Tests: GRE (general test)


The Graduate School of Education offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD), Master's of Arts (MA), and credential degree programs. The PhD degree is designed for students interested in pursuing scholarly research and academic careers in education. The EdD is a professional degree designed for individuals seeking advanced professional preparation to become school administrators or other educational leaders. The MA 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 MA component, are designed for students who plan to work in schools as teachers, principals, district and county administrators, and school psychologists.

Degree and credential programs are grouped under three main areas of study: Cognition and Development; Language and Literacy, Society and Culture; and 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 the study of schools as institutions and school systems; the formulation and effects of educational policy; and 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:

  1. A focus on the institutions of schooling analyzed from various disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, economics, and history,
  2. Experience in linking research, policy, and practice at the local, state, and national levels,
  3. A breadth and depth of methodological, measurement, and evaluation expertise to conduct policy-oriented research and to inform sound institutional leadership and decision making,
  4. 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 EdD 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.

Source: Berkeley Academic Guide

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