Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education

Course of Study

Certificate learning objectives

  • Provide historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of civic engagement as a form of learning and engaged democratic citizenship.
  • Convey research and evidence-based outcomes of community-based learning and service-learning as a sound pedagogical teaching and learning technique.
  • Investigate curricular and co-curricular best practices within the contexts of inhibitors and facilitators of reciprocal campus-community collaborations.
  • Engage in active community service, learning, teaching, programming, and assessment as a form of professional knowledge and skill development.

Program of study

Most students complete the graduate certificate in 4 academic quarter terms (1 calendar year); although it is possible to complete within 3 terms. Students have a maximum time frame for completion of 6 years. Courses are available every term; students may begin or finish any academic quarter and/or take individual courses as electives

Refer to the PACE Planning and Course Guide for current offerings and delivery formats (online, hybrid, F2F).

Course CR # Fall Win Spr Sum
Required service-learning courses
ELP 542 Introduction to Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education 4 Online**      
ELP 543 Service-Learning Leadership and Policy 4   Online**    
Complete at least one of the following:
ELP 522 Teaching Diverse Adult Learners 4     F2F Online
ELP 536 Curriculum and Pedagogical Design 4 F2F   Online  
ELP 528 Leadership in Educational and Community Organizations 4 F2F      
Electives (as needed for 18 total graduate certificate credits): Any ELP course 511-599 counts as an elective. See PACE Planning and Course Guide for current offerings and delivery formats.
ELP 520: Developmental Perspectives on Adult Learning 4   Online    
ELP 521: Adult Learning and Motivation 4       Online
Or, complete as an elective an additional course from above (ELP 522, ELP 528, or ELP 536) 4  See above
Required culminating experience: In consultation with the faculty adviser, students will either design and complete a service-learning comprehensive project and/or service-learning internship. A total of 2 credits is required and these credits can be taken over separate academic terms if needed.
ELP 506 Culminating Project (Self-Directed Learning Experience), OR 2 Online Online Online Online
ELP 509: Service-Learning Internship 2 Online Online Online Online

**Local students may attend 2-3 optional face to face class meetings with the professor.