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.
A thorough understanding of service learning supports a higher quality implementation of service learning projects, develops character, and supports the affective and cognitive domains of learning. Nationally, almost all K-12 schools support service projects and value the implications for character development associated with service learning. Many high schools require service credit hours as an elective towards graduation. Most colleges have volunteer divisions to promote community service and some even require service participation for graduation. Numerous major corporations conduct service projects for their employees. The understanding of the foundations of the concept of service, including how/why serving promotes learning and allows the provider to develop the internal motivation to serve others without being prompted by requirements or competitive goals, is a critical element that appears to be missing from popular conceptions of service.
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.
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.
Introduction: Service Learning
Session 1: Defining and Understanding the Concept of Service Learning
Session 2: Exploring the Impact of Service Learning on Affective Learning
Session 3: Exploring the Impact of Service Learning on Cognitive Learning
Session 4: Explore and Evaluate the Goals of Service Learning Projects
Session 5: Designing Relevant Service Learning Projects
Session 6: Matching the Curriculum to Service Learning Projects
Session 7: Review of Literature and Audio/Visual Resources for Student-Led Projects
Session 8: Explore Opportunities for Service Learning Project Grants
Session 9: The Down Side of Service
Session 10: Final Projects and Final Exam
Online Courses are 13 weeks in length.
Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district or school to ensure that all requirements are being met.
Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.
Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.
Professional Development 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.