Preparing & Supporting Educators

Center X provides a unique setting where researchers and practitioners collaborate to design and conduct programs that prepare and support K-12 teachers and administrators committed to social justice, instructional excellence, the integration of research and practice, and caring in low-income urban schools.
We are a community of educators working to transform public schooling to create a more just, equitable, and humane society. Our work extends across two graduate credential programs and many professional development initiatives.



Earn a preliminary teaching credential and a master's degree in the UCLA Teacher Education Program.


Earn a preliminary administrative credential and a master's degree in the UCLA Principal Leadership Institute for experienced educators.


Register for a workshop or set up a custom PD for your school or district.

Featured News

New History Lesson Plans for the Lost LA Curriculum Project

The Lost LA Curriculum Project added new lesson plans and debuted an updated website with resources for K-12 teachers based on episodes from the Emmy Award-winning Lost LA series co-produced by the USC Libraries and PBS SoCal. The lesson plans were created by teachers working with the UCLA History-Geography Project.

Optimizing for Equity in Computer Science Education

Computer Science Equity Project Director Julie Flapan highlights the critical need for equitable access to computer science (CS) education in K-12 schools, emphasizing the importance of preparing teachers, developing a relevant curriculum, and addressing systemic inequalities. This commentary outlines seven policy recommendations for California to ensure high-quality CS education, providing underrepresented students with the skills needed in a technology-driven world.

Jeannie Oakes: 1943-2024

We remember and honor Center X’s founder and the creator of the University’s signature teacher education program, committed to creating social justice educators for urban schools. Oakes’ ideas and work at UCLA set a moral compass for a department of education committed to opportunity, equity, and justice, and established a research and teacher education program to develop educators to “change the world.”

Jeannie Oakes headshot
We are extremely excited about the publication of our book, Preparing and Sustaining Social Justice Educators, edited by our very own former executive director, Annamarie Francois, along with UCLA Center for Community Schooling director Karen Hunter Quartz. Thank you to everyone who contributed!