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Graduate Certificate in Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education

The Graduate Certificate in Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education consists of an 18-credit series of coursework that focuses on providing sound philosophical, theoretical, and experiential preparation in service-learning and community engagement for those who teach, coordinate, and/or research learning through community involvement with college students.

The certificate is designed for

  • Master's and Doctoral graduate students interested in pursuing careers in service-learning and community-based learning at postsecondary educational institutions and community organizations
  • Professionals in colleges and universities, both faculty and student affairs professionals in two-and four-year colleges
  • Professionals in community organizations who sponsor and offer service-learning opportunities

Certificate learning objectives 

The objectives of the program are to prepare professional educators of adults and community members who:

  • Are knowledgeable about service-learning and community engagement
  • Are committed to meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Base their teaching strategies on current research findings and theoretical frameworks about service-learning and engagement
  • Are prepared experientially to engage in service-learning activities

Program of study

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Distance scheduleCredits  Fall  Winter  Spring  Summer 
Required Courses
ELP 542 Introduction to Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education 4 Hybrid  
ELP 543 Service-Learning in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Policy: Domestic Issues 4   Hybrid    
ELP 549 Service-Learning in Educational Leadership and Policy - International 4   F2F/
ELP 522 Teaching Diverse Adult Learners 4
ELP 536 Postsecondary Curriculum 4 F2F   Online
ELP 528 Leadership in Postsecondary Education 4    F2F    
Elective Courses (Choose one)
Any ELP course 511-599 can count as an elective. Refer to the PACE Planning and Course Guide for current offerings and delivery formats (online, hybrid, F2F).
Culminating Experience
ELP 506 Culminating Project (Self-Directed Learning Experience) 2  Online Online Online

"Online" Courses are completely online
"F2F" Courses are on campus options  

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Length of program

Intended time to complete: 3 terms


Christine Cress

Service Learning Certificate Coordinator
1-800-547-8887 ext 54682

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