Community Learning Fieldwork

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Community Learning Fieldwork

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

A student can complete the 40 hours of Community Learning 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.

The Graduate School of Education has several community partners where students can engage in their 40 hours of community learning. Learn more about how to utilize these partnerships by contacting: gsoelearningcoord@ucr.edu

It is suggested that students complete this requirement prior to their final year at UCR when possible.