Bold Hearts. Brilliant Minds.

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School of Education


Inspire the Next Generation

Cultivate a love of learning as a teacher. Develop policies to solve pressing education challenges as a public policy analyst. Boost team performance with cutting-edge strategies as a corporate trainer. And so much more. SOE’s Undergraduate Program — taught by world-renowned faculty — will help you inspire the next generation.


Undergraduate Research


UCR offers research opportunities to all undergraduate students! This advantage catapults you to the “top of the list” for jobs and/or graduate school. Current SOE research includes:

  • Maximizing educational outcomes for traditionally marginalized communities
  • Exploring the family context of youth with developmental disabilities or autism
  • Creating new ways to teach academic words to those with “below grade level” reading skills — thanks to $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences
David Burghgraef, a student in the Graduate School of Education

“As a student in the SOE, I have built memorable relationships with a diverse group of students, and supportive faculty and staff. The experience and skills I have developed through the program helped prepare me for invaluable internship and career building opportunities.”

David Burghgraef (Education, Society, and Human Development)


  Community Engaged Learning

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.

Organizations That Hire SOE Graduates

SOE graduates go on to become classroom teachers, administrators, legal and medical specialists, and nationally recognized experts in autism and learning disability research.

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A UC Degree Is More Affordable Than You Might Think




of UCR undergraduate students who applied for aid were awarded aid.




of undergraduate students who were awarded aid received need-based scholarships and/or grants.




of need was met with need-based aid.

(Financial Aid Office, 2022–23)

Let us show you how:

Prestigious Scholarships and Awards

First-year and transfer UCR students can fund their education with prestigious scholarships, such as the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship and the Undergraduate Fulbright Scholars (Research and English Teaching Award). Support is offered throughout the application process. Also available are campus scholarships, and Financial Aid's Outside Agency Scholarship Search for regional and national scholarships.


Gain real-world experience with the Education, Society, and Human Development Undergraduate major. You will explore issues, policies, and practices of education and research.

Choose a concentration for your major:


(All majors welcome)

Regardless of your major, a minor in education will enhance your ability to relay information to and work effectively with diverse populations. It will also boost your professional marketability in a wide variety of industries.

SOE offers two minors:

  • Athletic Leadership – Launched fall 2020 and is the first athletics-based undergraduate academic program for UCR and the UC system.
  • Education



Undecided? We Can Help!

SOE helps students successfully transition into a field of study that is consistent with their aptitudes, values, and goals.


Take a Tour

Explore UCR’s park-like campus, the perfect setting for learning and thriving as a student in education.

Notable Facts


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SOE is ranked No. 55 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Education Schools, up 24 spots from No. 79 in 2021.

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World-Class Faculty

Includes three Spencer Fellows, two Ford Fellows, and renowned experts in autism and learning disability research.

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Faculty Mentorship

You'll be mentored by SOE's nationally recognized faculty. Includes help with coursework, field research, and service learning.

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Education, Society, and Human Development

SOE’s first undergraduate major began in fall 2018.

Award-Winning Faculty


Raquel Rall, assistant professor of higher education

Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Focuses on leadership and governance of higher education, and equity. Strives to identify best practices to increase access to and success in higher education for traditionally marginalized communities, and on bridging research and practice.

Austin Johnson, assistant professor of school psychology at UCR

Assistant Professor of School Psychology

Studies how to provide educators with effective and responsive tools for supporting positive student behavior. Works closely with local districts to develop, improve, and evaluate the effectiveness of behavior support strategies for students with and without disabilities.

Success Programs

Every program is designed to help you succeed from the moment you first step on campus, to the day you graduate.

FR First-Year Students    TR Transfer Students


Academic Resource Center (ARC) 



Maximize academic success with peer/staff mentoring, tutoring, and graduate school preparation. Improves leadership, time management, public speaking, and study skills.



First-Year Mentor Program 



Register and be paired with a trained peer mentor. Get help navigating student life and accessing campus resources.



SOE Transfer Student Learning Community


Includes the EDUC 094 "Transfer Seminar-Opportunities" course, a weekly peer mentor through the ARC, and a pop-up peer mentor in the SOE student lounge. 


SOE Faculty Mentoring



Connect with nationally recognized faculty mentors. Includes help with coursework, service learning, and field research.



SOE First-Year Student Seminars



Enjoy peer mentoring, career development, community building, and academic/professional workshops.

Student Spotlight


Student Francisco “Panchito” J. Ramirez Rueda, majoring in Education, Society, and Human Development with the Community Leadership, Policy, and Social Justice Concentration

Class of ’19 (Education, Society, and Human Development with the Community Leadership, Policy, and Social Justice Concentration)

  • Research assistant for the Center for Educational Transformation
  • Participated in the UCDC program and interned with the League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Won a Presidential Public Service Fellowship
  • Received an undergraduate research mini-grant to conduct independent research
  • Co-founded The Dreamers Soccer Clinic, a nonprofit to help underprivileged youth
Student Samia Alkam, Class of '21 (Education, Society, and Human Development; and Political Science)

Class of '21 (Education, Society, and Human Development; and Political Science)

  • Interns at the Riverside Community College District Chancellor’s Office
  • Serves as president of the Middle Eastern Student Assembly (MESA) at UCR
  • Gives presentations as a campus tour guide
  • Participates in the Civic Engagement Research Group to help improve education on civic engagement in grades K–12

SOE Alumni


Sasha M. Zeedyk, UCR alumna, holds a Ph.D. in Special Education

(Ph.D. in Special Education)

  • Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton
  • Current research projects focus on individuals with autism, specifically looking at their transition from adolescence into adulthood and college participation
Matthew Schiller, a UCR alumnus, teaches science

(M.S. in Biochemistry; Teaching Credential)

  • Science Teacher at Riverside Polytechnic High School
  • Recipient of the 2010 Riverside Unified School District Teacher of the Year Award
  • Mentor in SOE’s Teacher Education Program
  • Member of SOE's Alumni Mentor Network
  • Chemistry Teacher in the UCR School of Medicine’s FastStart Summer Program

Career Center


UCR’s Career Center — and Virtual Career Center — offers full-service counseling and resources, regardless of major or class level.


  • Career and graduate/professional school planning
  • Job/internship search strategies and database
  • Skill-building workshops, employer information sessions, and panel discussions
  • 15 fairs and special events, including the Graduate and Professional School Information Day Fair, and the Teacher Job Fair 
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An announcement for UCR's Teacher Job Fair