Community Engaged Learning


Community Engaged Learning

 The School of Education requires undergraduate Education, Society, and Human Development (ESHD) majors to complete 40 hours of Community Engaged Learning as a critical component of the degree requirement. The goal of Community Engaged Learning is to enrich and extend the UCR coursework experience with applied, real-world learning addressing community-identified concerns.

The focus of each experience is to encourage students to put into practice their learned knowledge of education theory, research, policy, and practice in ways that contribute to the mission of an educational or community organization through well-informed service. It is suggested that students complete this requirement prior to their final year at UCR when possible. 

Please note: Students must be declared ESHD major or minor to sign-up for the community engaged learning program. For more information on declaring a major or minor, look here. 


Completing Your Hours 

Below you can learn about ways to complete and verify your 40 required hours.

  • How to complete the 40-hour requirement

    A student can complete the 40 hours through the following options: 

    • Research with faculty;
    • Service learning tied to preparation in a specific course;
    • Community engagement in direct service to learners in educational programs broadly conceived—i.e., local schools, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies. 
  • Verifying completed or current fieldwork experience

    If you have previous/current fieldwork experience that you would like to confirm if it counts towards your 40-hour fieldwork requirement, please fill out the Fieldwork Opportunity Review form (click here).

    The GSOE ESHD Associate Dean, Academic Committee, and the Community Learning Coordinator will review the submitted Fieldwork Opportunity Review form and will respond whether the fieldwork experience counts towards the 40 hours requirement or does not count.

    Therefore, it is recommended to provide as much information and detail on the Fieldwork Opportunity Review form to provide a true description of the responsibilities/tasks. Once a Fieldwork Opportunity Review form is submitted, please allow 7-10 business days for a response.

  • Clearing the 40-hour requirement from my degree audit

    If you have completed 40 hours or more of fieldwork experience, you might be eligible to clear the 40-hour fieldwork requirement from your degree audit.

    To clear the 40-hour requirement from your degree audit, you must make sure to complete the following steps before you submit the Service-Learning Fieldwork Confirmation form.

    1. Fill out the Fieldwork Opportunity Review Form (click here) to see if your current/previous fieldwork experience counts towards your 40-hour requirement;
    2. Receive written confirmation from the Community Learning Coordinator that your fieldwork experience counts towards your 40-hour requirement;
    • If you participated in the Community Engaged Learning program, your fieldwork experience automatically counts towards your 40-hour requirement. Therefore, you do not need written confirmation or need to fill out the Fieldwork Opportunity Review form.
    1. Contact the Community Learning Coordinator and request for the Service-Learning Fieldwork Confirmation form;  

    It is recommended that you only fill out the Service-Learning Fieldwork Confirmation form when you no longer wish to continue your fieldwork experience or are graduating.

  • How to apply for the Community Engaged Learning program

    Students who are interested in applying for the Community Engaged Learning program will choose the cohort they wish to participate in and will be expected to stay in the program for a minimum of 2 quarters. Students can apply to the Community Engaged Learning program during the enrollment periods (listed below). If you have any questions regarding the enrollment period, please contact Sarah Juarez.

    Enrollment Periods:

    Fall/Winter Cohort    
    Monday, August 16th, 2021 - Friday, September 3rd, 2021

    Spring/Summer Cohort         
    Monday, February 28th, 2022 - Friday, March 18th, 2022

Community Learning Coordinator

Sarah Juarez

Sarah Juarez

Sarah Juarez (M.Ed. '20) serves as SOE's community engaged learning coordinator. In this role, Sarah works with local partners to develop community service learning opportunities for education students, and she helps students through the process of identifying and completing the required fieldwork hours. You can explore a list of the current opportunities available through our office, and/or make an appointment with Sarah, using the buttons below.


Our Partners

SOE has partnerships with local school districts, nonprofits, and community-based organizations across the Inland Empire and beyond who share our commitment to transform education. Students in the education major can earn their required community hours by engaging with these partners in a variety of ways. As these opportunities frequently change, students are encouraged visit this webpage to learn about the most current available opportunities. 

Learn more about our partners, below. If you are interested in becoming a partner, contact us here.

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