Teaching Credential/MA


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A core principle of the University of California, Davis Teacher Education Program is to prepare highly qualified teachers who are advocates for equity in learning for all students. Our programs are particularly effective in preparing our candidates to work with K-12 students who come from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Course includes methods of teaching a second language and developing academic literacy in all discipline areas.

The design, implementation, and assessment of the UC Davis credential program is guided by its mission to prepare teacher-leaders who can assume four key roles in ethnically and linguistically diverse school communities. These roles are:

  • Collaborative professionals who work with students, colleagues, and parents to forge effective teaching practices;
  • Advocates for educational equity who champion high learning expectations for all students;
  • Investigative teachers who continuously use inquiry examine, define, and refine their teaching practice to promote student learning, targeting underachieving students as a particular focus; and
  • Reflective practitioners who employ classroom inquiry to improve teaching practice and create effective classroom communities

Our credential program offers an integrated model of coursework and year-long student teaching experience.  Our location allows us to place students in diverse school settings in urban, suburban, and rural school districts. 

Credential/MA Program Info

Year 2 – M.A. Year Information

The M.A. program is designed to develop teacher leaders who are (1) skilled at approaches for viewing student achievement through the lens of classroom-based inquiry and (2) who are practiced at working collaboratively to facilitate student learning in pedagogically sound ways.

Below are resources you may find useful during your second year in the Credential/MA program. Please let us know if there is any information that would be useful but isn’t currently included.

Credential/MA Program Info

Why Teach?

“Why do we teach? It is an important question. One that many credential students find staring back at them after a brutal day out in the trenches, but for me the answer is simple…I teach because of the students. I teach because I am passionate about education. I teach because there is nothing more rewarding in the world than to see a light bulb go off in a young person’s mind. I teach because the smile I give to a student might be the only smile he receives all day.” –Megan Sheridan(‘05 BS, ‘08 Credential)

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