Teacher Education & Preparation

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Teacher Education and Preparation

Our Teacher Education programs are built on a long-standing foundation of experience, rigorous coursework, and year-long mentored student teaching. In addition to our focus on rigorous coursework and clinical student teaching practice, we conduct research to identify best practices in teaching.

“The Struggle for the Soul of Teaching and Teacher Education: Imagining a More Democratic Future for Teacher Preparation in the U.S.”
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“The Struggle for the Soul of Teaching and Teacher Education: Imagining a More Democratic Future for Teacher Preparation in the U.S.”
Ken Zeichner, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington

On March 11, 2015, Ken Zeichner, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, was the featured speaker in the Distinguished Educational Thinkers and Critical Consciousness Speaker Series at UC Davis. In this talk, Zeichner examines the current landscape of teacher education in the U.S. and presents a proposal for improving its quality. The talk was presented by the UC Davis School of Education, the Graduate Group in Education, and the Social Justice Education Coalition.

Gloria Ladson-Billings
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Gloria Ladson-Billings
“Hip Hop, Hip Hope: (R)Evolution of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy”

Distinguished Educational Thinkers and the Critical Consciousness Speaker Series

On January 22, 2015, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was the featured speaker in the Distinguished Educational Thinkers and Critical Consciousness Speaker Series at UC Davis. The series is presented by the UC Davis School of Education and the Graduate Group in Education, along with the Social Justice Education Coalition, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Office of Campus Community Relations. 

News Steven Athanases

Responsive Teacher Inquiry and Innovation in Teaching ELA with Diverse Learners
Posted June 2014

School of Education Professor Steve Athanases and researchers Lisa Bennett and Juliet Wahleithner provide an in-depth look at one pre-service teacher program and its use of teacher research as a way of inducting new teachers into the profession on the National Writing Project Radio on Thursday, June 12. Listen to the conversation here.

Behnaaz Ferozepurwalla (Credential '13) teaching at Grant High School in Sacramento, Calif.
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California School Principals Give High Marks to UC-Prepared Teachers
Posted - April 2, 2014

Public school principals in California say beginning teachers who received their credentials through the University of California are among the best prepared in the state, according to a recent survey.

Research Steven Athanases

Addressing the Quality of Teacher Preparation in Ecuador
November 2013

UC Davis School of Education Professor Steven Athanases presented his research on mentoring new teachers in a plenary address at a recent international conference in Quito, Ecuador. The conference, titled “Quality Education as a Generator of Change,” was sponsored by Ecuador’s Ministry of Education and the Flemish Association for Development, Cooperation and Technical Assistance (Belgium).

News Christian Faltis

Learning to Teach: A Four-Pronged Approach
Chris Faltis - OpEducation Blog, Education Week - June 12, 2013

Education Week’s OpEducation Blog invited six teacher preparation experts to respond to the following questions:

Are New Teachers Ready to Teach?

“Teacher preparation has been a hot topic for years in the education community. But now more than ever the nation seems focused on teacher quality and performance in the classroom. How well are teacher education programs preparing future teachers? What elements are essential for the successful preparation of novice teachers entering the classroom?”

Chris Faltis, Director of Teacher Education
Spotlight Christian Faltis

Chris Faltis

Chris Faltis, who holds the Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education and directs teacher education at UC Davis, believes educators are primed to break away from the teacher-centered format that has dominated classroom discourse for several hundred years, if for no other reason than they must.

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