Eighteen new PhD in Education students -- fourteen women and four men -- have begun coursework for their doctoral degree. Eight are specializing in Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development (LTCD), seven are pursuing the Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC) specialization, and three have selected Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT).
Four of the new students represent the first generation in their family to pursue a college degree. Five have traveled from China to study at UCI.
The new doctoral students earned their bachelor's degree in a diversity of fields: Biology, Building Environment and Facilities Engineering, Community Mental Health, Economics, Education Sciences, English, Health Science, History, Human Resource Management, Intelligence Science & Technology, Management, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Special Projects (Fabric Design as Wearable Art). Universities attended for undergraduate work included California State University, Fullerton; China University of Mining and Technology; Central South University, China; Hamilton University; Harbin University, China; Johnson & Wales; Mingzu University of China; Peking University, China; Pitzer College; Pomona College; San Francisco State University; Tianjin University, China; UC Irvine; UC Santa Barbara; UC Santa Cruz; and UC San Diego.
Three of the students have earned a California Teaching Credential, two from UC Irvine, one from San Diego State University.
Twelve of the students completed master's level work, earning a MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Economics of Education, International Education & Development, Public Administration, Public Policy, and TESOL; a MS in Biology and Developmental & Educational Psychology; a MEd, a MPH, and a MSW. For their master's degree, students attended Beijing Normal University, Brandeis, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach, Columbia, New York University, Peking University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Tsinghua University in China, UC Irvine, and USC.
Prior to beginning their doctoral studies, the students contributed their time and talents to variety of public good endeavors -- K-12 and university level teaching, mentoring, conducting research, publishing, and volunteering with numerous non-profits that included AmeriCorps, La Esquilita, 8266 LA/Echo Park, Math CEO, Ability First, Children's Defense Fund, New Arrival Center, Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care, Inner Community Hospital, Project Sunshine, Karate for All, CASA, Playtime Project for the Homeless, Skills for Living, Upward Bound, and Psychology Health Center, among others.