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Education, Society, and Human Development Undergraduate Program

Make meaningful connections (Teacher). Develop policies to solve pressing education challenges (Public Policy Analyst). Boost team performance with cutting-edge strategies (Organizational Development). And so much more. SOE’s Education, Society, and Human Development Undergraduate Program – taught by world-renowned faculty – will help you inspire the next generation.

Through the program, you’ll get an introduction to issues, policies, and practices of education and research in schools and learning across contexts. Community engaged learning   is a signature feature of our undergraduate education major, and our partnerships with local organizations will help you engage in meaningful research, expanding your learning opportunities and amplifying your success. 

Once you graduate you’ll be prepared to enter teacher credential programs, as well as other education-related career fields in the private and public sectors including: educational advocacy, public policy, community-based leadership and working with special populations in legal fields, medical environments, and the arts. Students interested in graduate study will be well prepared to pursue advanced degree programs in education or related fields.

As a world-class research institution, undergraduate students have the opportunity to study alongside faculty, and in their research centers and labs.

Program Concentrations and Minors

  • Education for Social Justice

    This concentration prepares you to acquire a critical understanding of educational theory, research, policy, and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective across the educational pipeline (PK through Higher Education) with a focus on challenging inequality and promoting equity and social justice. Watch our video to learn more about the concentration here.

    Curriculum Overview

  • Learning and Behavioral Studies

    This concentration prepares you to acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of research, theories, and practices that contribute to human development, learning, and behavior in the field of education. Watch our video to learn more about the concentration here

    Curriculum Overview

  • Education and Athletic Leadership Minor

    No matter what your college major, you can increase your marketability as a professional by adding an Education minor to your degree. SOE offers two minors: Education, and Athletic Leadership. Learn more about declaring a minor here.


Panchito Rueda

"I want to make a change, not just in my community, but in this world. The Community Leadership, Policy, and Social Justice track was the best fit to make that happen. This program made me more critically conscious about education, the world, and myself. SOE prepared me to become a better community leader and social justice advocate."

- Francisco "Panchito" J. Ramirez Rueda

Read Panchito's Student Spotlight

Why SOE?

Our close-knit community. Our supportive advisors and staff. Our brilliant faculty. 

Those are just a few reasons that current students love learning and growing in UCR's School of Education! Hear from three student ambassadors about their experiences at UCR and SOE in this Student Voices video.

A UC degree is more affordable than you might think!

Grants, scholarships, loans and work-study are offered to qualified students by our Financial Aid office. In fact, 92% of undergraduate students and 72% of transfer students receive some form of financial aid. To learn more, visit financial aid here.

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