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.
- Fill out the Fieldwork Opportunity Review Form (click here) to see if your current/previous fieldwork experience counts towards your 40-hour requirement;
- 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.
- 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.
Monday, August 16th, 2021 - Friday, September 3rd, 2021
Monday, February 28th, 2022 - Friday, March 18th, 2022
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.
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.
The Educational Talent Search Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to help low-income and/or potential first-generation college students. The program provides free academic tutoring, mentorship, financial guidance, and college application assistance to five high schools within the San Bernardino City Unified School District (Arroyo Valley, Indian Springs, Pacific, San Bernardino, San Gorgonio). Our goal is to help high school students enroll in, flourish at and graduate from a college or university.
The Upward Bound Programs (Classic, Oasis, Rialto/Colton Joint) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to help low-income and/or potential first-generation college students. The programs provide free academic tutoring, mentorship, financial guidance, and college application assistance to students attending nine target high schools located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Target high schools include Moreno Valley, Perris, Rubidoux, Banning, Norte Vista, Ramona, Bloomington, Colton, Eisenhower. Our goal is to help high school students enroll in, flourish at and graduate from a college or university.
Established in 1994, the University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC) is a partnership among the University of California, Riverside, the Riverside Unified School District, and the City of Riverside. The UECC enlists 85 college students as AmeriCorps members to provide academic assistance, enrichment activities, and community service projects to elementary schools and community centers in the Eastside and University neighborhoods of Riverside. AmeriCorps members receive field experience under the supervision of classroom teachers and community center coordinators while earning a stipend and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completing their year of service.