The City of Davis is located in California’s fertile central
valley, 12 miles west of the capital city of Sacramento and 75
miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area. The wineries of Sonoma
and the Napa Valley are about an hour’s drive to the northwest;
Lake Tahoe and the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada are two hours
to the east, and the seacoast towns of Mendocino and Santa Cruz
are about 150 miles to the north or south, respectively.
The City of Davis is known for its attention to the quality of
college town life; the environment, controlled growth, and
innovative housing. The weather is usually mild, with hot, dry
summers and cool, wet winters. There are community pools, tennis
courts, playing fields, parks and jogging paths throughout the
city. And sometimes the city is referred to as “The Bicycle
Capital of the U.S.” because of the high rate of bicycle use and
its long history of providing a “cyclist-friendly” environment.
Overall, Davis is a most pleasant place to live, study and work.
School of Education History
Education on this campus dates back to 1918, shortly after
opening, with a training program to prepare teachers to provide
instruction in raising crops and animals commercially.
The School of Education, formed in 2002 as a reconstitution of a
long-standing division within the College of Letters and
Sciences, is built on a legacy that began with the first
teacher-training program on the Davis campus 85 years ago. This
was an exciting and ambitious step, one that reflects the
importance that UC Davis and the entire University of California
place on serving all of California’s learners and on
strengthening education in our state and nation.
Since its founding in 2002 , the School has doubled the number of
faculty. The teaching credential program has grown by 50 percent,
and we have added a new EdD program in educational leadership.
Faculty grants have doubled and financial support from alumni and
friends continues to grow.
Our Mission & Guiding Principles
As a land-grant university, UC Davis has a major part to play in
training teachers and education leaders, providing policy
analysis and recommendations, conducting research to improve
instruction, and increasing the public’s awareness and knowledge
of education issues.
The School has many strengths that are aligned with the needs of
the State. Efforts in faculty hiring, program development and
partnership building focus on those needs: English learners;
math, science and technology; neurodevelopment and education;
literacy; and policy. We are also expanding our work with
practicing educators through professional development programs
and graduate degree programs designed especially for veteran