UC Davis is one of the nation’s top ten premier public research universities. In our everyday actions and values, UC Davis and the School of Education instantiate the mandate of America’s land-grant institutions: openness, accessibility, and conducting teaching and research on society’s most pressing issues with direct relevance to the lives of its citizens.
In our steadfast commitment to promote equity and excellence in our research, teacher and leader preparation, and in our partnerships with those in the field, the UC Davis School of Education creates new approaches to scholarship and innovative thinking about how best to link theory, policy, and practice.
Here you will find information about our research, professional development, and teaching organized by broad areas of expertise.
The UC Davis School of Education provides research and professional development in academic literacy to inform best practices, especially related to addressing the literacy needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
The UC Davis School of Education offers a PhD emphasis in science and agricultural education, and our teaching credential program in agricultural education provides an integral blend of theory and practice in the classroom and in the youth organization, Future Farmer’s of America (FFA). Our faculty are experts in domestic and international agricultural education.
There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.
Find research on issues surrounding charter schools and choice and news about West Sacramento College Prep, a charter school founded by the School of Education, Washington Unified School District, and Sacramento City College.
Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR), often referred to as citizen science, has incredible potential for promoting greater understanding and appreciation for science, fostering environmental stewardship, and encouraging civic engagement. Find research, news and resources about PPSR here.
The School of Education has a major part to play in providing nonpartisan, research-based education policy analysis and recommendations, and to prepare leaders to influence and enact policies that meet the needs of their students and teachers. Several faculty are experts in education policy and leadership, we offer a PhD emphasis in leadership and policy as well as offer a one-year Master’s degree in education policy.
The School of Education has several faculty with expertise in English language arts education. Our PhD emphasis area Language, Literacy and Culture, as well as our teaching credential in English prepare researchers and teachers in this area. Find more information about our research in this area here.
English learners are the fastest growing segment of the public school population in the United States. The School’s faculty and researchers have deep expertise in issues surrounding the assessment, teaching and learning of English learners. Find more on our research and other resources here.
The School of Education has several faculty with interest and expertise in informal, nonformal, and out-of-school-time learning. In addition, the School is home to the California Afterschool Network, which provides technical and policy advice and resources to after school providers statewide. Find more information about our research in this area here.
The School of Education has faculty with expertise in agricultural education abroad and in nonformal education programs in developing countries. Find more information about their research in this area here.
To engage teachers of math and science and prepare young people for the jobs of the future, we must strengthen STEM curriculum and make instruction and learning more fun and more relevant to real world problem-solving. This requires an understanding of how children learn and a rigorous focus on what works in the classroom; both are priorities in the School’s approach to tackling the challenges of STEM education.
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.