Berkeley School of Education

University of California, Berkeley


The Berkeley School of Education (BSE) 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. 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.

BSE offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 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 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.

The school also offers an undergraduate minor in Education.

MA/PhD Program

Students build their knowledge about education and its policies and practices in a dynamic learning environment; facilitating 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:

Preparing for K-12

Students learn how to develop professional leadership skills and elevate their understanding of the causes of educational inequality, and contribute to the development of pedagogical, curricular, and policy innovations that provide for greater educational opportunities. 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

Learn more about GSE's Professional Programs.

Additional Programs

Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) 
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.

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.

School Psychology
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.

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.

Undergraduate Program

Education: Minor

Graduate Programs

Education: MA, PhD, credential programs
Special Education: PhD (Joint Program with San Francisco State University)

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Faculty and Instructors

* Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

* Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


Dor Abrahamson, Associate Professor. Mathematical cognition, design-based research, mixed-media design for mathematics learning environments, embodied interaction.
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Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Associate Professor. Immigration and diaspora from Latin America to the U S , Latinos and education, race and language, language socialization processes.
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Prudence L. Carter, Professor. Youth identity and race, class, and gender, urban poverty, social and cultural inequality, the sociology of education and mixed research methods.
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Anne E. Cunningham, Professor. Education, literacy development, disciplinary knowledge of reading, student achievement, cognitive development and instruction across the life span, cognitive consequences of literacy, adults, adolescents.
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Michael Dumas, Assistant Professor. Urban education, urban political economy, cultural politics of education, Black cultural politics, critical social and cultural theory, Black education, critical childhood studies, photoethnographic methodology and practice.
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Bruce Fuller, Professor. Policy analysis and evaluation, reform issues, charter schools, child care, early childhood development, economy and education.
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Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Professor, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, Dean of the Graduate Division. Educational inequity; immigration/immigrant integration; intersectionality; political engagement; public policy.
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Bernard R. Gifford, Professor. Educational equity, education, assessment and educational measurement, computer-mediated learning, curriculum development, development of professional learning communities, experimental design in education.
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Kris Gutierrez, Professor. Learning sciences, literacy and new media, design-based and qualitative research methods.
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Susan Holloway, Professor. Japan, development, education, cognition, child development, early childhood education, families, young children in diverse societies, thoughts, values and expectations of parents, socialization and education of young children.
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* Glynda Hull, Professor. Language, culture, society, education, literacy, writing in and out of schools, multi-media technology, new literacies, adult learning, work, and community, school, university collaborations.
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Zeus Leonardo, Professor. Race inequality, critical social theory, sociology of education.
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Marcia C. Linn, Professor. Technology, learning, mathematics, science, education, science teaching, gender equity, design of learning environments.
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Jabari Mahiri, Professor. Language, culture, society, literacy, literacy learning of urban youth, African American students in schools, writing development, effective teaching, learning strategies in multicultural urban schools and communities.
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Heinrich Mintrop, Associate Professor. Educational equity, policy analysis and evaluation, urban leadership, urban schooling, achievement issues, international education, leadership, principalship, school culture.
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Erin Murphy-Graham, Associate Adjunct Professor. Educational equity, cultural studies, gender equity, diversity, international education, alternative schooling, democratic education, ethnic issues.
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Larry Nucci, Adjunct Professor. Moral development, social development, moral education, domain theory, personal domain.
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Zach Pardos, Assistant Professor. Education Data Science, Learning Analytics, Big Data in Education, data mining, Data Privacy and Ethics, Computational Psychometrics, Digital Learning Environments, Cognitive Modeling, Bayesian Knowledge Tracing, Formative Assessment, Learning Maps, machine learning.
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P. David Pearson, Professor. Language, culture, society, education, literacy, early literacy education, reading assessment.
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Daniel Perlstein, Associate Professor. Schooling, diversity, democracy, urban education, teachers unions, inequality education.
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Sophia Rabe-Hesketh, Professor. Biostatistics, educational statistics, latent variable models, multilevel models, generalized linear latent and mixed models, hierarchical models, longitudinal data, Item response models, structural equation models.
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Michael Ranney, Professor. Problem solving, knowledge representation and reorganization, explanatory coherence and inference, conceptual change, societal implications, science instruction, global climate change psychology, numeracy in journalism, naive/informal physics, computational models of cognition, perceptual-cognitive interactions, intelligent tutoring systems, understandings of biological evolution, Reasoning, qualitative and quantitative thinking.
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Geoffrey B. Saxe, Professor. U S , developmental psychology, interplay between culture and cognitive development, mathematical cognition in children, Papua New Guinea, urban and rural areas of Northeastern Brazil, elementary school classrooms, cognitive development, mathematics education.
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Alan H. Schoenfeld, Professor. Thinking, teaching, learning, productive learning environments, mathematics education, modeling the process of teaching, understanding how and why teachers do what they do.
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Janelle Scott, Associate Professor. Educational policy, charter schools, politics of education, race and education, school choice, desegregation, philanthropy and education, advocacy.
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Harley Shaiken, Professor. Mexico, labor, globalization, education, United States, geography, work organization, issues of economic and political integration in the Americas, information technology, skill.
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Laura Sterponi, Associate Professor. Language and literacy socialization, moral development, communication of and with children with autism.
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Tina Trujillo, Associate Professor. Educational equity, urban schooling, educational leadership, high stakes accountability, school improvement, educational policy, educational management and administration.
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Elliot Turiel, Professor. Development, education, cognition, human development, development of social judgments and action, the development of moral reasoning, children_ _s conceptions of authority, rules in school settings, culture and social development.
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Derek Van Rheenen, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Michelle H. Wilkerson, Assistant Professor. Science and mathematics learning environments, technologies for thinking and learning.

Mark Wilson, Professor. Measurement, psychometrics, assessment, development of assessment resources, assessment systems.
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Frank Worrell, Professor. Development, education, cognition, academic talent development, adolescence, African American, at-risk youth, English-speaking Caribbean, ethnic identity, gifted, psychosocial development, racial identity, school psychology, teacher effectiveness, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Cheryl Anne Lana Agrawal, Lecturer.

Elizabeth C. Baham, Lecturer.

Amy E. Bloodgood, Lecturer.

Alisa B. Crovetti, Lecturer.

Michael Davis, Lecturer.

Dora J. Dome, Lecturer.

Kathleen M. Donohue, Lecturer.

Rena Dorph, Lecturer.

Karen Draney, Lecturer.

Charles Flores, Lecturer.

David Futterman, Lecturer.

Laura Galicia, Lecturer.

Lloyd Goldwasser, Lecturer.

Thomas R. Green, Lecturer.

Lisa M. Griffin, Lecturer.

Judith Guilkey-Amado, Lecturer.

Edward Ham, Lecturer.

Annie Johnston, Lecturer.

Frances Kendall, Lecturer.

Richard Mccallum, Lecturer.

Xenia Meyer, Lecturer.

Anthony A. Mirabelli, Lecturer.

Sonal Patel, Lecturer.

Kate Perry, Lecturer.

Rachel Reinhard, Lecturer.

Lihi L. Rosenthal, Lecturer.

Soraya A. Sablo-Sutton, Lecturer.

Murray A. Sperber, Lecturer.

Katherine S. Suyeyasu, Lecturer.

Yukiko Watanabe, Lecturer.

Matt Wayne, Lecturer.

Nives B. Wetzel De Cediel, Lecturer.

Gary Yabrove, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Zehlia Babaci Wilhite, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Jacoba A. Bulterman-Bos, Visiting Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Paul R. Ammon, Professor Emeritus.

Guy (Karen Nelson) Benveniste, Professor Emeritus.

Joseph Campione, Professor Emeritus. Development, education, cognition, learning and transfer processes, atypical development, new approaches in instruction and assessment, and the integration of institutional procedures, instructional practices.
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Geraldine Joncich Clifford, Professor Emeritus.

Patricia K. Cross, Professor Emeritus. Learning, higher education, assessment, community colleges.
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Andrea Disessa, Professor Emeritus. Education, cognition, conceptual development, science education, design of technology for education, computational literacies.
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Lily Wong Fillmore, Professor Emeritus. Language, culture, society, education, literacy, education of language minority students in American schools, second language learning and teaching, the education of language minority students, the socialization of children for learning across culture.
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Sarah W. Freedman, Professor Emeritus. Writing, educational linguistics, international civics education, multiculturalism, human rights, English teaching, teacher education, teacher action research.
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David Pierpont Gardner, Professor Emeritus.

James W. Guthrie, Professor Emeritus.

Donald Hansen, Professor Emeritus.

Curtis Hardyck, Professor Emeritus.

Paul Holland, Professor Emeritus.

John G. Hurst, Professor Emeritus.

James L. Jarrett, Professor Emeritus.

Jean Lave, Professor Emeritus. Ethnography, social theory, education, social practice, anthropologu, re-conceiving of learning, learners, and educational institutions.
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Judith Warren Little, Professor Emeritus. Organizational contexts of teachers' work, teacher policy,teacher workforce issues, professional education.
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* Lawrence F. Lowery, Professor Emeritus.

Kathleen Metz, Professor Emeritus. Development, education, cognition, young children_ _s scientific reasoning, children_ _s intuitions about rudimentary statistical constructs, data-based inquiry, limitations of young children_ _s scientific inquiry.
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Rodney J. Reed, Professor Emeritus.

William Rohwer, Professor Emeritus.

Robert B. Ruddell, Professor Emeritus.

Lloyd F. Scott, Professor Emeritus.

Carol B. Stack, Professor Emeritus. Language, culture, migration, society, education, literacy, urban youth, rural and urban families, service sector employment, facets of the social context of education, women_ _s studies.
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David S. Stern, Professor Emeritus. Education, school reform, high schools, career academies, the relationship between education and work, school-based enterprise, resource allocation in schools.
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Lawrence Stewart, Professor Emeritus.

* James C. Stone, Professor Emeritus.

Paul T. Takagi, Professor Emeritus.

Alan B. Wilson, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Berkeley School of Education

2121 Berkeley Way, 4th Floor

Phone: 510-642-0841

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Interim Dean

Christopher Edley Jr.

2121 Berkeley Way West Building, #4407

Phone: 510-643-6644

Academic Advisor

Rosandrea Garcia

Phone: 510-642-0138

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