UCLA Extension



UCLA Extension’s Education Department, offers nearly 700 courses annually in classroom-based and distance learning formats for teachers and school administrators throughout the community and the state. Since 1917, the Education Department at UCLA Extension has provided staff development, in-service, and professional outreach to practitioners at all levels of education—preschool, elementary, secondary, adult, and higher education.


The Education Department partners with UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) to create a community of learning and action with a social justice emphasis. Its members are scholars, practitioners, teachers, agenda setters, and public intellectuals who research, teach, and prepare practitioners and researchers in learning and information fields in an environment of multiple constituencies. The shared goal is to enhance the life experience of all individuals through inquiry, professional practice, and policy that lead to equitable access to quality education.


The programs give a clear picture of the American education
system and provide useful techniques for all teachers.
-Markham Education Center, China

Education department resources include:

  • A relationship with the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current research and the translation to educational practice
  • Partnerships with government agencies, professional associations, business and industry
  • Access to other faculty resources and University research through collaboration with UCLA Extension departments
  • Relationships with local school districts throughout the Los Angeles basin and the Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • Extensive experience in the development and implementation of model sequences and certificated programs, national conferences, courses, and workshops
  • Relationships with the California Department of Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to implement legislative mandates, curricular reform, and certification requirements
  • The ability to provide university professional development credit that applies to state licensing/credentialing requirements, salary advancement in public and private institutions, and in specific cases, to university/college degrees