NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Service Learning

EDUC 600




Instructor: Jolene Richardson

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $250

Course Description:

The Service-Learning course will explore what service-learning is, its place in the curriculum, its value as an educational strategy, community involvement, and implementation in a school setting. Students in the course will have the opportunity to look specifically at how to develop and implement a program at the level which they are interested.

The course will be conducted entirely online so students may work at their own pace on their own time schedule. It will utilize threaded discussions and e-mail to allow for interaction with the instructor and other students. A textbook will be used. A project, which applies to the student's situation, will be required.


1.  Define service learning.

2.  Relate connections to other education initiatives of interest.

3.  Review programs in other schools for important elements.

4.  Write an article to detail the importance of service-learning to an administrator or school board.

5.  Tie service-learning to standards ND benchmarks.

6.  List agencies and other community entities with which collaboration would be possible.

7.  Develop a rubric to evaluate a student's participation in a service-learning project.

8.  Develop a list of strategies to integrate service-learning into their situation.

9.  Complete a project to implement service learning.


Wade, R. C. (ed) (1997) Community Service-Learning. State University of New York Press

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