The UC Davis School of Education offers two MA tracks: Master of Arts General Track and Credential/MA. The Credential/MA track integrates the Teacher Credential and MA programs and is intended for students who want to first earn their teaching credential. For more information on this option, please visit our Credential/MA pages.
**We will not be offering the Master of Arts General Track Focus Areas for this admissions cycle while our faculty review the program’s current topical focus and requirements.**
The Master of Arts General Track has offered the following research focus areas:
2017-18 Assessment and Measurement
2016-17 Assessment and Measurement
2015-16 Educational Policy
2014-15 Educational Policy
Educational assessment specialists are in high demand and typically have a relatively high starting salary. Links to relevant job postings are included below. For some listings, it may be helpful to search on the keyword “assessment”.
Megan Welsh joined the School in July 2014 as an assistant professor in educational assessment and measurement. Since 2008, she was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. Her primary areas of research include test validity analysis, the use of assessment as an educational reform lever, grading, and evaluation of educational programs.
Specializing in educational and psychological assessments, Jamal Abedi’s research focuses on testing for English language learners and issues concerning the technical characteristics and interpretations of these assessments. Abedi is the author of many publications in the assessment of and accommodations for English-language learners. He is on the advisory committees for several major assessment organizations and advises a number of states on testing for English learners and children with disabilities.
I research the relationship between students’ everyday uses of language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in school-based uses of language and literacy. Some schools identify bilingual adolescents as “limited” in their English proficiency even though they use sophisticated literacy repertoires outside of school; other learners are deemed ”fluent” in English but still struggle with the language and literacy demands of their academic coursework.
Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors–the University of California, the California State University and the California Community College systems.
There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.