Service-Learning Students

Welcome Students!

Service-learning courses are possibly some of the most meaningful courses that you will take in your academic career. Education through these courses will help you apply the knowledge that you have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. The Center for Service- Learning can help you find opportunities on campus as well as in the community. Our door is always open if you would like to meet with us or discuss possible service-learning courses. We encourage the students of the College to be as involved and active in their education as possible. We can be found in the Correll Center for Teacher Education and Learning on the first floor, in suite 112A.

Our goal is help you Serve, Learn, and Succeed!

Service-learning objectives

Provide Academic Enhancement by linking service experiences to course content utilizing critical thinking and reflection skills
Utilize Civic Learning to enable community engagement and promote leadership skills
Promote professional and Personal Growth and openness to global and diverse perspectives

Student Benefits

Participation in service-learning courses provides students with outstanding academic and career benefits that include:

Academic Enhancement
  • Stronger professional network through increased connections to faculty members and community leaders
  • Improved decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • A deeper understanding of course concepts through the opportunity to test and apply ideas in hands-on, real life community environments
  • Development of research, critical thinking, analytic, and interpersonal skills
  • Gain skills and knowledge that apply to real-world experience that can help you determine your major or help your further explore career options
  • A deeper and broader appreciation of the discipline and/or profession
  • Enriched learning experience through hands-on active learning
Personal & Professional Growth
  • Ability to test out your skills, interests, and values in a potential career path, or learn more about a field that interests you
  • Opportunity to explore, diversify, or cement your values and beliefs
  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities
  • Grow a professional network of people you might connect with again later for jobs or internships
  • Gain applied and hands-on experiences to put on one's resume
  • Participate in individualized professional development
  • Create a better peer-to-peer network
  • Develop stronger professional communication skills
  • Encourage a willingness to develop and implement new ideas and processes
  • Develop crucial character traits that include but are not limited to responsibility, dependability, and professional work ethics
  • Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change; become more flexible
  • Enhanced preparation in your field and will also help you with your first entry-level position or even graduate school
  • Emphasized collaborative thought and negotiation skills through working with others
Civic Learning
  • Makes a positive contribution to the community
  • Develops leadership, social interaction and civic responsibility through active community involvement
  • Provides understanding of how to access the larger community as a resource
  • Allows for an stronger understanding, appreciation and an ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Provides opportunities to engage in cross-cultural situations
  • Develops stronger communication skills through collaboration with diverse groups in the community
  • Introduction to social issues and their root causes
  • Opportunities to meet new and different people
  • Helps build a commitment for serving, learning, and succeeding in all things
  • Promotes an enhanced sense of civic responsibility
  • Strengthens communities through networking, awareness, and dedication to service
  • Addresses complex community issues and identifies individual/group needs

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