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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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SOE by the Numbers

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
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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
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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

SOE at AERA 2023
School of Education at AERA Thu, April 13, 9:50 to 11:20am CDT (7:50 to 9:20am PDT) Event: Engendering New Examinations of Gender: Norms, Stereotypes, and Motivation Abstract: These four papers offer an examination of the role of gender in motivation and learning from four perspectives: gender norms about achievement in different fields; gender identity and sense of belonging in STEM; gender and self-management in math; and motivation in queer-spectrum students in a Women's and Gender Studies biology course. Paper: Interplay of Gender and Self-Management in Mathematics Performance When
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Meet SOE's Undergraduate Student Ambassadors
Ambassadors support the vision and spirit of SOE by collaborating with faculty and staff to provide engaging, informative, and personalized experiences for the community.
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UCR hosts 17th annual University of California Special Education, Disabilities, and Development Risk conference
Three UCR School of Education doctoral students, Giselle Salinas (Special Education), Aya Shhub (Special Education), and Elissa Monteiro (School Psychology) served as co-chairs for this year’s annual University of California Special Education, Disabilities, and Development Risk conference, held at UCR. Established in 2005, UC SPEDDR is a graduate student-led conference dedicated to research on special education, disabilities, and developmental risk needs in California schools. This year’s conference marked the first in-person event since Covid, and welcomed students from UCR, UCLA, UC Irvine
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Five questions with....Dean Joi Spencer
Dean Joi A. Spencer shares advice for students, her desert island music, and a glimpse into what she does in her free time.
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