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“The service-learning assignment allows the credential students to engage with learning and teaching in diverse ways. It is a project that takes them, as well as their elementary students, beyond their desks to use education for a community purpose and to engage all learners in a meaningful praxis that enacts productive change. ”
— Dr. Susan Campbell, Director of the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program

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Service-Learning in Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education

Thank you for your interest in service-learning in Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education. Service-learning, like student teaching placements are experiential, but tend to focus more on reciprocity and civic learning.

The CCE can help you create or deepen your service-learning class. We provide models of other courses, sample syllabi, resources for course construction, reflective analysis tools, and risk management support.

The integration of service-learning into teacher education implies work in two areas: (1) using service-learning as a pedagogical technique in the postsecondary setting, and (2) teaching licensure-seeking students how to integrate service-learning into their own repertoire of teaching techniques.


(1) Service-learning activity in a postsecondary setting usually falls into two categories:

Category A: Teaching/tutoring/sharing knowledge from the class

Example: Graduate students from Clemson University learning about service-learning, teach K-12 teachers how to develop and implement a service-learning project with children.1

Category B: Using information in the class to do something with/for a community organization

Example: Students in EDUC 295 tutor students at Roseland University Prep.

(2) Having the skills and experience to integrate service-learning themselves may be more valuable than participating in service-learning. Mary J. Syfax Noble, elementary school administrator in the Minneapolis Public Schools explains:

[Service-learning] assists schools in making important connections to the broader community...is a critical part of the entire school-reform picture...because service-learning does not compete with the standard curriculum. It supports and deepens the curriculum for all students...An important first step is to make sure service-learning is tied into the school’s mission or vision.2

Learn more about P-12 service-learning from these resources in the right sidebar.

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Susan Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy in Elementary and Early Education.

1Program Models: Seattle University, Learning with the Community: Concepts and Models for Service Learning in Teacher Education

2A K-12 Administrator's Perspective

All resources available in the CCE Resource Library.