2019-2020 Educators for Tomorrow cohort: Bessie Sanchez, Carolina Elias, Crystal Soriano, Danielle Espinoza, Esmeralda Aldaz, Giovanna India, Kayleah Kellybrew, Martha Xuncax, Shanyn Chapman and Vick Garcia. 

Educators for Tomorrow (EFT) is a program dedicated to assisting new generations of educators who are committed to academic excellence, access, opportunity, and equity for underrepresented and underserved communities. The program seeks students who wish to pursue careers in educational research or the following areas within K-16:

  • Teaching
  • Student Affairs
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Educational Policy

Under the guidance of a graduate mentor, EFT Scholars develop research skills and design their own research project informed by an educational internship site. In addition, EFT Scholars explore and learn about graduate degree programs in Education. Upon the completion of the program, students present their final work at UCLA Undergraduate Research Week and are prepared to apply to graduate school.

Eligibility Criteria

EFT applicants must:

  1. Be AAP students
  2. Have junior or senior year standing at the time of applying
  3. Plan to apply to graduate/professional programs within the field of Education
  4. Have interest in conducting independent research
  5. Demonstrate commitment to  social justice

Program Timeline

FALL QUARTER

  • Apply to the EFT Program

WINTER QUARTER

  • Enroll in the EFT weekly 2-unit honors seminar (HC 193A)
  • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the EFT Program Coordinator
  • Learn about graduate programs in Education and required entrance exams

SPRING QUARTER

  • Enroll in a 4-unit departmental 199 Independent Studies course (e.g., EDUC 199)
  • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the EFT Program Coordinator
  • Complete an internship at an educational site related to their EFT research project
  • Students present their work at the annual UCLA Undergraduate Research Week

Contact Us

For more information and assistance with the application, please contact:

EFT Coordinator

Larry McDaniel Jr., M.S.Ed.

E: lmcdaniel@college.ucla.edu

T: (310) 794-4186