Education is more important than ever, and UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies is at the forefront of the conversation. Our Department of Education is at the heart of UCLA, the only global public research university that began as a teachers college in 1919. The Department’s groundbreaking research, innovative practices, and award-winning faculty attract prospective students who care deeply about improving the quality of, and access to, education in their communities and worldwide.

The Department is known as a leader in the study and practice of urban education, student testing and assessment, teacher and continuing education and development – particularly in urban, multi-ethnic environments, early childhood development, and issues of access, equity, and quality facing K-12 and higher education.

Here, faculty and students work together to solve the most pressing issues facing education today. This collaborative, dynamic environment helps students develop the skills they need to become leading education professionals in the 21st century.

The Department of Education at the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies has been named the nation’s top public graduate school of education by U.S. News and World Report in their 2022 annual rankings of American Graduate Educational Institutions.


UCLA Education is #1 in the Nation

The UCLA Department of Education has been named the number one public graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The Department is known as a leader in the study of urban education and the development and support of teachers and school leaders strongly committed to social justice. Read More >


Message from the Chair

Dear friends,

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, welcome to the UCLA’s Department of Education. As chair of the number one graduate school of education at one of the world’s leading public universities, I invite you to learn more about the array of degrees we offer in research and practice.

We are a department of over 60 faculty and 200 staff, and our research interests span from indigenous language education to the impact of schooling on brain and behavioral development. We are home to 12 Institutes and Centers that bring faculty, students and researchers together and serve as the catalysts for advancing educational research, practice and policy. Our research is funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Education Studies, National Science Foundation, California Department of Education, Spencer Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York, just to name a few.

The Department’s leading teacher education, principal leadership, educational leadership and student affairs programs teach the next generation of outstanding educators and education leaders. Through this work we bring the most innovative approaches to teaching, learning and leadership to students in Los Angeles and beyond. Visionary partnerships with two Los Angeles Unified School District schools and the UCLA Lab School serve as sites for developing, testing and evaluating practices that promote successful outcomes for some of the nation’s most underserved students.

With so many rich opportunities to learn and study, our graduates are at the forefront of education. I encourage you to review our work, learn about our programs, and consider joining us as we lead the way towards the future of education.

Megan Franke
Chair, Department of Education


Department Chair: Megan Franke

Assistant to the Department Chair: Megan Valladao

Phone: (310) 825-2624

Location: 2320 Moore Hall