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Graduate School of Education

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.



Our Partners

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!