Led by Dean Frances Contreras, the UCI School of Education is home to more than 1,000 students enrolled in the bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs, and a vibrant network of more than 10,000 alumni.

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 26, 2022 — The University of California, Irvine School of Education ranks top 8 in the world for education and educational research schools by U.S. News & World Report, published today. This recognition builds on the School of Education’s distinction as a nationally top 10 school, named earlier this year by U.S. News & World Report.

“The UCI School of Education’s most recent ranking of No. 8 in the world by U.S. News & World Report speaks volumes about the global strength and impact of our renowned faculty, award-winning students, innovative programs and partnerships, and field-advancing research. Our meteoric rise in ranks within our 10 years as a school is a testament to the crucial and dynamic work happening at the School of Education to lead and inform transformation across early childhood to higher education and beyond,” said Frances Contreras, UCI School of Education dean and professor.

The U.S. News & World Report also ranks UCI School of Education as No. 4 among public schools of education and No. 10 among graduate schools of education in the nation, according to annual rankings published in March.

The School of Education’s world-class faculty also rank among the best in their field, according to leading publications, and their research has been published in top-tier journals. Its faculty includes members of the National Academy of Education (Distinguished Professor Jacquelynne Eccles, Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan, Professor Mark Warschauer and Chancellor’s Professor Emerita Deborah Vandell), American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Distinguished Professor Judith Kroll and Duncan) and National Academy of Sciences (Duncan).

The School of Education is home to three notable degree programs, including its ground-breaking undergraduate major in education sciences, and more than 30 centers, labs and initiatives that advance education equity, access and outcomes.

Among them, the Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP) enhances the student journey and student growth through collaborations, research- and data-driven projects and services. The center serves as a connection between UCI to schools, school districts and communities to support students in K-12 and in attaining higher education. CFEP also provides support for teachers and school leaders to enhance professional practice through the Teacher Academy.

Also serving as a robust community partnership, the School of Education’s Orange County Educational Advancement Network (OCEAN) bridges School of Education researchers with a network of K-12 schools, educators and community partners and collaborates to incorporate research into practice to improve learning and education. OCEAN has established more than 50 research-practice partnerships with local schools, districts and community organizations.

“The UCI School of Education’s growth and far-reaching imprint on the education landscape in the state and nation are a direct result of the commitment, expertise and productivity of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and partnerships. Our community is at the core of the School’s success and our continued rise,” Contreras said.

About the UCI School of Education: The University of California, Irvine School of Education is a diverse, dynamic and collaborative institution focused on advancing education sciences and contributing to improved education opportunities and outcomes for individuals across the education lifespan, from early childhood to higher education and beyond. The UCI School of Education’s programs, research and community partnerships are dedicated to producing innovative scholarship, addressing the needs in education, and inspiring future generations of educators, scholars and leaders. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UCI School of Education No. 8 education and educational research school globally and, nationally, No. 10 graduate school of education and No. 4 among public schools of education. Led by Dean Frances Contreras, the UCI School of Education is home to more than 1,000 students enrolled in the bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs, and a vibrant network of more than 10,000 alumni. The UCI School of Education has been a part of UCI since 1967, when it was established as an Office of Teacher Education. In 1991, it grew into the Department of Education and, in 2012, became the School of Education. For more information, visit education.uci.edu.

About UCI’s Brilliant Future campaign: Publicly launched on Oct. 4, 2019, the Brilliant Future campaign aims to raise awareness and support for UCI. By engaging 75,000 alumni and garnering $2 billion in philanthropic investment, UCI seeks to reach new heights of excellence in student success, health and wellness, research and more. The School of Education plays a vital role in the success of the campaign. Learn more by visiting https://brilliantfuture.uci.edu/school-of-education/.