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.
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.