Our Ph.D. program critically engages students in contemporary
issues that impact education research, policy and practice.
Emphasizing collaboration, the program is an interdisciplinary
graduate group that draws its faculty from diverse fields of
education, humanities, social science, physical and biological
sciences, mathematics, and medicine, and engages with key campus
centers and programs, such as the M.I.N.D. Institute and the
Poverty Center. To learn more about our faculty, from the
left-hand menu click on the Graduate Group Faculty.
Designed to foster scholarly engagement and impact the practice
of education, students may select from 5 areas of emphasis:
To learn more about these, click on PhD Program Emphasis Areas
from the left-hand menu.
Graduates of our program gain deep knowledge of educational
theory and practice related to strengthening schools and other
educational settings. Our close proximity to California’s state
capital of Sacramento also affords students a rich set of
opportunities and networks for influencing education policy.
As a product of the U.S. educational system, I grew up being
miseducated about my own culture and history. Although the school
curriculum didn’t explicitly teach me that my culture was
inferior, the lack of Hmong history and culture in school made me
Third-year PhD student Roxanne Rashedi wants to know if
yoga-based practices can be used in classrooms to enhance young
children’s self- regulatory skills. “We know that self-regulation
develops rapidly in young children,” she said. “I’m going to look
at what effect brief doses of yoga-based practices may have on
children’s ability to self-regulate. How can we design a
sustainable and feasible curriculum for teachers to use in school
On April 19th, the Graduate Group in Education invited its
faculty and PhD students to display posters of their 2015/16
conference presentations. This is a great opportunity for
students to display their enthusiasm and excitement for their
research while learning about others’ work as well.