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 majors to sign-up for the community engaged learning program. For more information on declaring a major or minor, look here. 


Completing Your Hours 

An Education major has four options to complete the Community Engaged Learning requirement. A detailed description of each option is provided below. Please note that every option must be approved by the Community Learning Coordinator. 

  • Past or Current Fieldwork Experiences

    A student may complete the Community Engaged Learning requirement with previous or current experience that is related to the field of Education. A student must complete the Fieldwork Opportunity Review form to have their experience reviewed. If the experience aligns with the 40 hours guidelines, the experience will be approved and will count towards the 40 hours. A student can fill out the Fieldwork Opportunity Review form here

    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, allow 7-10 business days for a response. 

    Note: High School experiences will not be considered. 

  • Community Engaged Learning Internships

    Students may sign up for the internships provided by the Community Engaged Learning program. These internships are created by our community partners and require students to be in the Community Engaged Learning program to access the internships. 

    Students who are interested in applying for the Community Engaged Learning program will choose the cohort they wish to participate in and are 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. For a list of the Community Engaged Learning internships, please click here

    Enrollment Periods: 

    Fall/Winter Cohort 

    Monday, August 15th, 2022 - Friday, September 2nd, 2022 

    Spring/Summer Cohort 

    Monday, March 6th, 2023 - Friday, March 24th, 2023

  • Research with Faculty

    If a student is interested in assisting a faculty member on their research, they must first ask the faculty member if they are accepting research assistants. If the faculty member agrees to have the student on their team, the student must work with their academic advisor to sign up for a research course. 

  • Service-Learning

    Students can receive hours from an education course that has an embedded component of service-learning. A service-learning education course requires students to complete a certain amount of hours of community service for the course grade. If a student believes they are in or have been in a service-learning course, they must contact the Community Learning Coordinator. 

  • FAQ's
    1. When should I start/complete the requirement? 
      • A student can start their hours as early as their first year and must complete the requirement prior to their last year at UCR. 
    2. How long does it take to complete 40 hours? 
      • It typically takes a student 1-2 quarters to complete the requirement. 
    3. How do I complete the 40 hour requirement? 
      • A student can complete the 40 hours in any of the four options: research with faculty, service-learning, Community Engaged Learning internships, or past/current fieldwork experiences. All options must be approved by the Community Learning Coordinator. 
    4. Can I go over 40 hours? 
      • Yes, it is highly recommended. 
    5. Does the Community Engaged Learning program offer paid internships? 
      • The Community Engaged Learning program may provide paid internships. 

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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