Education and Social Transformation Major

Frequently Asked Questions

• I have questions about the Education and Social Transformation major, pre-major, and/or the Education Studies minor. Who can I talk to?

Elaine Dolalas and Vanessa Hermoso are the undergraduate Education counselors for the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. You can email them at dolalas@gseis.ucla.edu or hermoso@gseis.ucla.edu to set up an appointment. Or if you are in Moore Hall, you may also drop by the undergraduate Office of Student Services (Moore Hall 1002) for drop-in counseling (MWRF 9am-12pm, 1-4pm; T 10am-12pm, 1-4pm).

 

• What is the difference between the Education and Social Transformation major or pre-major and the Education Studies minor?

Students interested in the major will first need to complete two prerequisite courses. Then they will take six courses as outlined in the Undergraduate Education student handbook in three different Areas of Competency (two courses each in Histories and Philosophies of Education; Contexts of Teaching, Learning, and Development; and Inquiry and Design for Learning), take an Orientation to Community Engagement course, take one Community Engagement course, and take the Capstone course.

The Education Studies minor requires a student to take 4 core Education courses and then 3 additional courses (elective and/or core). The minor is more flexible when compared to the Education and Social Transformation major or pre-major.

 

• I am already in the Education Studies minor. Can I change to the Education and Social Transformation major?

If you have taken Education 10 or Education 11 and Education 35, you have taken the pre-requisite courses for the major. You may apply to the Education and Social Transformation major as long as you are not beyond Fall of your third year of study.

 

• In the 2019-2020 academic year, I am a fourth-year student. Can I complete the new Education and Social Transformation major? I have already taken many Education courses.

Unfortunately, fourth-year students are unable to apply for the new Education and Social Transformation major this year. Students must apply by Fall of the third year to be in the major. You can, however, apply for the minor if you are able to complete 7 Education courses (4 core courses and 3 additional courses) prior to graduation.

 

• I am a current third-year student in the 2019-2020 academic year. Can I apply for the new Education and Social Transformation major?

No, students must apply by Fall of their third year to be admitted to the major. The first application period is in Winter 2020 for Spring 2020 admission. Therefore, only first- and second-year students are eligible.

 

• I haven’t taken any Education classes yet but I want to declare the major. How do I do that?

You will need to take Education 10, 11, or 35 and receive a grade of “C” or better in the class. Once one of these classes is taken and a grade is reported, students can apply to the Education pre-major, provided that they are a first- or second-year student. After completing Education 10 or 11 and Education 35, students may apply to switch from the pre-major to the major. Students must apply by Fall of their third year for the major.

 

• What are the application requirements to the Education and Social Transformation major?

Students need to have taken the two pre-requisite classes (Education 10 or 11 and Education 35, earning a grade of “C” or better in each class) and have a minimum 2.30 cumulative GPA.

 

• What are the application requirements to the Education Studies minor?

Students need to have completed on Education course, have at least Sophomore standing at UCLA, and have a minimum 2.30 cumulative GPA.

 

• As an Education and Social Transformation major student, what are some particular emphases within the major?

Students in the Education and Social Transformation major may choose a pathway of study:

  • Research and Evaluation
  • Education Policy and Community
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Higher Education

In each pathway, we provide a comprehensive plan of study with recommended classes to be taken from each Area of Competency (Histories and Philosophies of Education; Contexts of Teaching, Learning, and Development; Inquiry and Design for Learning).

 

• What is the application process?

An application will be made available each term to be admitted for the following academic term. In order to apply to the minor, one course (any approved Education course) must have been taken for an earned grade. In order to apply to the pre-major, either Education 10, 11, or 35 must have been taken for an earned grade and you must have received a grade of “C” or better. Only students who have completed Education 10 or 11 and Education 35 may apply to the major, provided they apply by the Fall of their third year of study.

 

• When is the application available and where do I find it?

Each term, the application process will be (for admission to the following term:)

Fall (for Winter admission) Winter (for Spring admission) Spring (for Fall admission)
Application available First Day of Quarter First Day of Quarter First Day of Quarter
Application due Friday, Week 2 Friday, Week 2 Friday, Week 2
Admissions Decision Notification Friday, Week 3 Friday, Week 3 Friday, Week 3
Plan of Study Due* Friday, Week 4 Friday, Week 4 Friday, Week 4

 
*Submission of Plan of Study is acceptance of admission. Failure to return Plan of Study means you will not be coded as a student in the Department of Education for the program you applied to (minor, pre-major or major).