Faculty Profile

Rebecca Rosa

Lecturer/Supervisor, Social Science Credential

Portrait of Rebecca Rosa

Research Interests

Children’s literature; Classroom discourse; Classroom management/Discipline; Educational equity; Elementary Education; English Learners; Gay and lesbian issues in education; Secondary Education; Social Sciences Education


M.A., International & Multicultural Education – University of San Francisco, San Francisco – 1994

B.A., Political Science & Psychology, minor in Education - University of Redlands - 1990

California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential -1992                        

California Single Subject Teaching Credential - 1991  

Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certification

Courses Taught at UC Davis

  • Instructor EDU 153: Cultural Diversity in Education (2002-present)
  • Instructor EDU 192: Internships in K-12 Classrooms (2002-present)
  • Instructor EDU 206C & EDU 206D: Inquiry into Classroom Practice, Data Analysis & Research (2013)
  • Instructor EDU 275: Effective Teaching (2002-2004)
  • Instructor EDU 292: Student Teaching Seminar Multiple Subject Credential (2001-2007)
  • Instructor EDU 292: Student Teaching Seminar Secondary Social Science Credential (2002-present)
  • Instructor EDU 308: Elementary Social Studies Methods Course (2002-present)
  • Instructor EDU 322A & 322B: Secondary Social Studies Methods (2002-present)
  • Supervisor of Secondary Social Studies student teachers (2002- present) 
  • Supervisor of Multiple Subject school student teachers (2001- 2009)
  • Spearheaded reinstatement of Secondary Social Studies Credential Program at UCD (2002)
  • Served as MA committee member for 150 students in the MA/Credential Program (2004 to present)

University Service and Contributions

  • MA Committee Co-Chair – Globe Education Academy
  • MA committee member for Master’s candidates (2004-present)
  • Chair Admissions Committee (2017 to present)
  • Chair Arthur in Residence Committee (2008-present)
  • Words Take Wing Committee (2012 – present)
  • Teacher Education Executive Committee
  • (2012-2015, 2017 to present)
  • edTPA National Scorer (2015 to present)
  • Academic Federation Personnel Committee (2015 to present)
  • Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) scorer (2003-present)
  • Committee Chair Merit Review for clinical faculty (2009, 2011,2013, 2016, 2018)
  • Interview applicants for admission into secondary Social Science Program (2002-present)
  • Facilitate new student orientation secondary Social Science Program (2002-present)
  • Organize student teaching placements for Secondary Social Science Program (2002- present)
  • Organize Resident Teacher Day for Secondary Social Science Program (2003-present)
  • Assist with student teacher placements for Multiple Subject Program (2002-present)
  • PACT Benchmarker and Statewide Trainer (2005-present)
  • Academic Federation Representative to Title IX Committee (2007-2013)
  • Search Committee Chair for the clinical faculty position of Supervisor and Lecturer in Reading – Multiple Subject position (2013)
  • Academic Literacy Summit Committee (2008-2009)
  • Interviewed PhD candidates for Teacher Education Fellowship program (2007-2009)
  • Mentor for Teacher Education Fellows (2007-2009)
  • Interviewed applicants for admission into Multiple Subject program (2001-2006)
  • Facilitated orientation Multiple Subject program (2002-2006)
  • Admissions committee member (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
  • Multiple Subject Program, Resident Teacher Day Committee (2002-2006)
  • Academic Federation Representative to Graduate Council’s Subcommittee on Student Support   (2005-2006)
  • PACT scorer for Stanford University (Summer 2004, Summer 2006)
  • Search Committee member for the senate faculty position in Adolescent Academic Literacy (2004-2006)
  • Participated in PACT pilot for secondary Social Science (2003)
  • Graduation committee (2003, 2004)
  • Search committee for the a senate faculty position in Education, Policy, Law and Government (2003)
  • Collaborated with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing regarding SB 2042 (2003)
  • MA course planning committee (2001-2003)

Professional Experience

1998–2001 - Solano Community College - Suisun, CA

  • Counselor/Instructor
    • Instructor COUN 71: Study Skills for Student Athletes
    • Conducted comprehensive career and guidance counseling, including academic planning and advising
    • Scheduled individual counseling sessions 
    • Conducted and facilitated group counseling sessions
    • Maintained reports as required by the Dean of Counseling
    • Maintained weekly drop in counseling sessions for students
    • Assisted with student orientation and recruitment
    • Made appropriate student referrals to public service agencies when needed
    • Served as a liaison to the Physical Education Department and was in charge of Athletic Counseling

1992–1998 - Redwood City School District - Redwood City, CA

  • 7th Grade English/History Teacher
    • Integrated instructional technology with lesson plans
    • Facilitated outside classroom activities as assigned by the principal (yard duty, In Service training, staff meetings, committee meetings, etc.)
    • Collaborated in an interdisciplinary team of five teachers.
    • Integrated lesson plans, field trips, and other activities as a department chair
    • Taught World History & English 
  • 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Student Leadership/ Teacher
    • Integrated instructional technology with lesson plans.
    • Facilitated outside classroom activities as assigned by the principal (yard duty, In Service training, staff meetings, committee meetings, etc.)
    • Taught Leadership courses
    • Taught and Advised Yearbook course
    • Advised Student Council
    • Organized school elections
    • Taught World History & US History courses

1990–1992 - San Benito High School District - San Benito, CA

  • Social Studies Teacher/Counselor
    • Taught 9th grade World History and 12th grade Government
    • Conducted comprehensive career and guidance counseling, including academic planning and advising
    • Conducted scheduled individual counseling sessions 
    • Conducted scheduled group counseling sessions
    • Prepared testing materials (PSAT,SAT)
    • Administered state testing

Awards and Presentations

  • Educator Award for Social Justice and Equity by the California Council for the Social Studies (2018)

  • Okhremtchouk, I., Jimenez, R., Rosa, R. & Porter, S. (2015) From Student-Teachers to Teachers of Students: Beginning Teachers’ Journeys from Pre-service to the Classroom. Creative Education. 

  • Okhremtchouk, I., Newell, P. & Rosa, R. (2013) Assessing Pre-service Teachers Prior to Certification: Perspectives on the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21 (56)
  • Rosa, R. (2012) Boricua and College Educated in Borunda, R. and Moreno, M. Speaking from the Heart; Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women, Dubuque: Kendall Hunt, 82-84.


  • “Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom Context”, “Creating and Maintaining the Classroom Learning Environment.” International – Education Exchange workshop presentations for Chaoyang School District, Beijing China. June/July 2015, May/June 2016 (Fortes, Rosa)
  • “Teaching Race as a Historical, Political and Social Construct in the Secondary School Classroom.” NASS Presentation. Las Vegas, Nevada.  March 2015 (Rosa, Aquino, & Cowen)
  • “Interdisciplinary Thematic Units as Social Justice Vehicles.” ATE presentation. Atlanta, Georgia.  February 2013 (Rosa and Holmes)
  • “Assessing Preservice Teachers Before Certification: Perspectives on the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT).” AERA Presentation. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 2011. (Newell, Okhremtchouk, Rosa, Holmes)
  • “Project Based Learning.” Dixon Unified School District.  Dixon, California. August 2009.  Facilitated staff development of Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology. Authored and reviewed content for professional development workshop.
  • “Exemplary Student Teachers Address Language Demands in Classroom Tasks:  An Analysis Across Disciplines.”  AERA presentation.  San Diego, California. April 2009 (Bellman, Dubcovsky, Holmes, Martindale, Merino, Rosa-O’Brien, Pomeroy)
  • “Conflict Manager’s Program.”  Dixon Unified School Board. Dixon, California.  September 2008
  • “Conflict Manager’s Program.” Gretchen Higgins Elementary School – Dixon, California. April 2006



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