Community Engaged Learning
Community Engaged Learning
The Graduate 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.
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.
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.
GSOE 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 to contact GSOE's Community Engaged Learning coordinator here to learn about the most current available opportunities. New community opportunities are also posted in the weekly student newsletter sent to all students every Friday -- just check your inbox!
Learn more about our partners, below!
Riverside Remembers is a partnership with Beatty Elementary School, University Heights Middle School, and John W. North High School where UCR students help K-12 students understand the rich history of Riverside, and how it relates to self, family, and community.
Since 2012, Riverside Arts Academy (RAA) has been driven by its mission to empower at-risk Riverside youth ages 4-17 to grow socially, academically, and culturally through the arts. RAA offers classes and performances opportunities in music, dance, and visual arts. RAA partners with the city of Riverside, two Riverside school districts, five local colleges, and local organizations to provide free or low-cost music introduction through its RAA music Program to at risk children. RAA is primarily focus on music education at this time because of the strong research evidence linking making music (not just listening to it) with improved literacy and math skills.
Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) is a collective impact collaborative whose mission is to improve the long-term economic outlook of the Inland Empire region of Southern California through improving educational attainment rates. This mission is achieved through a shared vision and intentional collaboration of the two major university systems, 12 community colleges, and workforce and community organizations.
BLU Educational Foundation began in 2001 to help families that have limited financial resources face the challenges in the higher education system. By providing educational and human services programming to youth, adults and organizations, BLU Educational Foundation helps build healthy, productive communities. The primary focuses are education, health & wellness, civic engagement, leadership development, advocacy, and the arts.
Create Thirst Academy is a youth enrichment program serving the under-served and low-income households in our community. The program provides free tutoring, SAT preparation workshops, FAFSA completion workshop, mentoring, and a holistic approach to development a thirst for success.
The purpose of the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is to work in partnership with identified K-12 schools in the Inland Empire that have a high percentage of students who are first generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged and English language learners to raise the students’ achievement levels and awareness about college admission so they are prepared for postsecondary education after high school.
Inland Empire Economic Partnership – Cash for College’s mission is to help low-income and first-generation college-goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school.