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Shaping...Ideas, Minds, the Future

The School of Education (SOE) at University of California, Riverside prepares students to become administrators, educators, advocates, and scholars who promote excellence and equity in every area of education. Situated on nearly 1,200 scenic acres in Inland Southern California, UC Riverside's campus is ideally located to conduct research among the ethnically diverse K-12 student populations in the region.

Students in our education programs work alongside world-class faculty devising and conducting research that brings about positive change for students of all ages and abilities.


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entering doctoral students receive multiyear fellowships
students receive grants, scholarships, and fellowships
$21 M +
dollars in grant money awarded to faculty in the last five years

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Student Voices

"Given the current sociopolitical climate and the increasingly racialized experiences students of color face in our schools, my dissertation seeks to trace the role that racial literacy plays within ethnic studies classrooms and the impact teachers’ pedagogy can play in developing, sustaining, and extending our students’ racial literacies."
Arturo Nevárez
Ph.D. Alum, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Recipient
Arturo Nevárez
Priya Garcia
"Teaching is the profession that creates all other professions. Young minds are shaped every day by school teachers, and since I've already been on the receiving end of that process, I want to also contribute what I have learned and keep that cycle going. Great teachers inspired me to become who I am; and though I don't expect to inspire every single student, I hope that at least a few will try to make the world a better place with the knowledge I share and the wisdom I cultivate."
Priya Garcia
M.Ed., Single Subject '19
"UC Riverside is a welcoming and diverse environment where I believe I can flourish as someone who is passionate about social justice and advocacy. I have been able to create lasting relationships with my professors and with the other students in the program. The staff and faculty within SOE have encouraged me to reach for every opportunity that comes my way."
Samia Alkam
Ph.D. Student
Samia Alkam
David Burghgraef
"At SOE I built memorable relationships with a diverse group of students and supportive faculty. The program provided me with the leadership skills for a position in a global corporate setting."
David Burghgraef
B.A. '19


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Recent News

First Scholarship Recipient Selected for New SOE Donor Endowed Fund
LaTysa Flowers-Jackson has been named as the inaugural recipient of a first-of-it's-kind Endowed Scholarship Fund. This is the first endowed scholarship for SOE’s new undergraduate program, and LaTysa is the first recipient. LaTysa is an undergraduate student in the School of Education where she is working towards her degree in Education Society and Human Development. She also works full time at the YMCA of San Diego as Association Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Director. Her background includes experience in special education advocacy, mental health support with an emphasis on trauma
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Alumni Award Recipients Lesly Monsalve, Rachael Bedolla, and Nallely Arteaga hold their awards
Alumni Honored With Excellence in Education Award
Thank you to SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union for sponsoring SOE’s Alumni Awards and ceremony. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, the School of Education held an awards ceremony to honor three outstanding alumni award recipients. The awardees were chosen because of their commitment to advancing equitable educational systems and practices. On May 8th, Dean Joi A. Spencer co-presented the alumni with their awards along with Tiffany Diaz, Membership Development Specialist from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. Dean Spencer and Tiffany presented the awards to a graduate program alumnus
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One of every six autistic children are expelled from daycare
University of California, Riverside, study found that 16% of autistic children of surveyed parents were expelled from daycares resulting in more problems for them in elementary school.
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SOE Welcomes Dean Spencer
Over the past few months, the UCR community has warmly welcomed Dean Joi A. Spencer as its new Dean of the School of Education with a series of events: Dr. John and Kathy Allavie welcomed donors and community members to their home in Riverside, CA for an intimate gathering, and the School of Education held a welcome reception and book talk on campus where Dean Spencer discussed her recent book, "Anti-Black Racism at School: Creating Affirming Educational Spaces for African American Students" (Teachers College Press). The conversation was moderated by SOE Assistant Professor Alice Lee. View a
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