SOE Facts & Stats


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In 1958, the teacher education program was established in the College of Letters and Sciences, now the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and in 1967 the Master of Arts degree in Education was approved. In 1968, the School of Education was formally founded as its own entity, and two years later the Ph.D. in Education was approved. The school was renamed the Graduate School of Education in 2000, and over the next two decades, a number of centers and programs blossomed, including the school psychology Ph.D. program, which is the only American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral program in Southern California.

In 2017, the undergraduate major was launched, and now includes two education minors, including the UC’s only athletic leadership minor program. In August of 2021, the Graduate School of Education was renamed to the School of Education, or SOE, to reflect the scope of the school’s research, community engagement, and academic programs, specifically the growing undergraduate degree program.

Today, faculty and researchers at SOE provide transformative programs such as Project Moving Forward, the SEARCH Autism Family Center, UCR AP Readiness, Center for Transformative Education, and the Institute for Teachers of Color (ITOC) that benefit K-12 students, families, and educators both regionally, and nationally.



Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts
Master of Education
Master of Education + Teaching Credential
Master of Education + Education Specialist Credential 
Credentials: Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist
Doctor of Philosophy 

Ph.D. Areas of Specialization 

Education Policy Analysis and Leadership
Education, Society, and Culture
Educational Psychology
Higher Education Administration and Policy
School Psychology
Special Education


  • Ranked No. 80 Best Graduate Education Programs in the Nation, U.S. News & World Report (2023-24)
  • UCR is the No. 1 university in the United States for social mobility two years in a row, U.S. News & World Report
  • Launched the UC system’s first Athletic Leadership undergraduate minor in Fall 2020
  • Home to the University of California’s first family autism resource center — SEARCH (Support-Education-Advocacy-Resources-Community)
  • SOE has the only American Psychological Association (APA) accredited school psychology doctoral program in Southern California
  • Most diverse Education faculty in the UC system (UCOP Info Center, 2020)



Student Enrollment (Spring 2024)


Undergraduate Majors



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Student Ethnicities (Spring 2024)

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of entering doctoral students receive multiyear fellowships
of all SOE students receive financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, and fellowships
of financial assistance has been awarded to SOE students, in the form of grants, scholarships, and fellowships


SOE’s faculty include renowned experts and top researchers in areas of special education and autism, critical race theory, teachers of Color, school reform, athletics, reading interventions, STEM learning, and more

SOE boasts the most diverse Education faculty in the UC System, UCOP Info Center, Oct. 2020

6 faculty are recent recipients of the prestigious American Educational Research Association (AERA) awards

$21 + million grant money awarded to faculty in the last five years

SOE faculty awarded external funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, McCormick Foundation, National Science Foundation, and Spencer Foundation in 2020-21


Where Our Graduates Work

  • Institute for Education Services
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • State of California
  • Riverside Community College District
  • Riverside County Office of Education
  • Riverside Unified School District
  • Val Verde Unified School District
  • Chaffey Joint Union High School District
  • Corona-Norco Unified School District
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District
  • Fontana Unified School District
  • Colton Joint Unified School District
  • Jurupa Unified School District
  • Murrieta Valley Unified School District
  • Coachella Valley Unified School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District 
  • Los Angeles Community College District
  • Cal State University, including Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Fullerton, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Long Beach
  • University of California, including UCLA, UCR, UC San Diego, UC Irvine
  • Stanford University
  • Scripps College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Keck Graduate Institute
  • Cal Baptist University
  • Chapman University 
  • Kent State University
  • UNC Charlotte
  • Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos
  • Universidad Nacional De Costa Rica
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Montana
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University Texas El Paso
  • Utah Valley State College
  • Whittier College
  • American Institutes for Research
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE)
  • County of Riverside
  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
  • California Art Education Association
  • California Virtual Academies
  • Green Dot Public Schools
  • McKinley Children's Center
  • Lewis Center of Educational Research
  • Education Development Center
  • Educational Testing Services
  • Rand Corporation
  • Education Management Systems
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