The purpose of this course is to provide educators with an understanding of service learning; the guiding principles of service learning activities; and how to implement, monitor, and evaluate effective service learning projects. Students will learn to design and initiate service learning projects at the K-12 level.
This course will examine the past and current practices of service learning in educational settings. Participants will discover how service learning has become associated with schools and will also study the history of service learning in America. Participants will discover the varied and diverse activities providing service learning opportunities. Finally, participants will learn how to connect service learning activities to their state curriculum objectives and learning standards. Participants will understand how service learning enhances brain development, engages the learner/service provider, and affects the cognitive and affective domains of learning.
The goal of this course is to motivate teachers and students to view participating in service activities as necessary for enhancing learning and character development in the school environment.
The required text for this course is The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum and Social Action by Catheryn Berger Kaye (2010).
Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes, and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
Module One: What is Service Learning?
Module Two: Exploring the Blueprint and Thematic Chapters of Service Learning
Module Three: Service Learning Themes: AIDS Education & Animal Protection
Module Four: Service Learning Themes: Elders & Emergency Readiness
Module Five: Service Learning Themes: The Environment & Gardening
Module Six: Service Learning Themes: Healthy Living & Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty
Module Seven: Service Learning Themes: Immigrants & Literacy
Module Eight: Service Learning Themes: Safe, Strong Communities & Social Change
Module Nine: Creating a Culture of Service
Module Ten: Final Project
Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.
On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.
Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner.
Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI.
Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information.