Certificate in Service Learning
Steps to Certificate in Service Learning
To get started with the certificate process, select the option below that best describes your coursework.
IMPORTANT: Some approved courses offer optional service or multiple projects that serve for-profit and non-profit organizations. In order for your service to be approved for certificate, you must have participated in the service learning component of the course, and the service must in non-profit sector.
Components to Complete for Certificate
NEW FALL 2015 POLICY: The new policy requires students to have a minimum of 6 credit hours of approved coursework. The Certificate in Service Learning requires a minimum of two 3-credit hour courses from our approved list.
NOTE: If the service assignment was optional for your class, you must have completed the service option with a non-profit agency or the project must benefit the common good to be eligible for certificate.
Students may have taken a service-learning class that is not included on the list of courses. Please suggest any course to the CSL Coordinator that you feel should be included. We will then seek approval to have the class added to the list.
- complete another service learning course
- participate in an alternative break trip
- volunteer at a non-profit agency or for the common good
Students continue service at an agency beyond what is required for the class and may use those hours to complete this component. Contact us with questions or to discuss other options for completing the additional service.
Additional Service Form [pdf] should be submitted to the Center upon completion for any additional service that is not part of a service learning course.
1. Attend one 50-minute reflection session (reflection session schedule).
Write a reflection summary including all of your service experiences. The written reflection must be a minimum of 600 words. Because you will be including all of your service experiences in the reflection, you may not submit the reflection or attend a session prior to completing the majority of your service experiences.
To complete the reflection or attend a session, you must first apply for the certificate and complete the first two components. Once the first two components have been approved, you will receive a link to complete the reflection component.
Designated Service Learning Courses
Below is the current list of KU service learning courses. This list is continuously updated. If you know of a course missing from this list, please notify the CSL Coordinator.
NOTE: Some approved courses offer optional service or multiple projects that serve for-profit and non-profit organizations. In order for your service to be approved for certificate, you must have participated in the service learning component of the course and service must be in non-profit sector.
Opportunities for Service
Marketing Your Certificate
Your certificate in experiential learning will appear on your transcript, showing that the university acknowledges your achievements. This opportunity is not available to students at all universities and will recognize the efforts you have undertaken beyond the classroom.
Transcripts are usually required in certain fields (i.e. education) that request them as part of the application process. Also, students who intend to do postgraduate work will have their transcripts reviewed by admission panels. Having the certificate on your transcript can add more than just an award to your resume; it can reflect a personal value and commitment to improving your community.
- What is service learning?
- What was required to get the certificate?
- Why did you get the certificate? Why was that important to you?
- gone beyond the classroom to help your community and to further your own education
- assisted community agencies in better serving their clients
- exposed yourself to societal inadequacies and injustices
- better prepared yourself for your career or further education
- taken on a greater responsibility for your learning and for your community
- applied your course content in the context of the real world
What students gain:
- practical experience that challenges their perceptions and assumptions
- opportunities to apply classroom learning in real-world settings
- deeper understanding and commitment to civic engagement
- awareness of the broad range of life experiences
- a better sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, and moral development
- leadership, communication, and team work skills
Why the certificate is important to YOU:
- Talk about the certificate as a representation of your values toward service.
- Talk about your understanding of how your field of study can contribute to the common good.
Check out examples [pdf] of how you might list service on your resume. Consider using a verb list [pdf] to remind you of the skills you obtained from your service. You may find many more verb lists by searching the internet.
For additional resources and assistance, we highly recommend utilizing the University Career Center to develop a resume that will maximize your strengths and highlight relevant skills for the jobs you are seeking.
Certificate in Service Learning (CSL) recognizes students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences in utilizing their classroom skills to meet community-identified needs. Certificate in Service Learning involves several components, including taking a service learning course, completing additional volunteer work, and reflecting on your service learning experiences. Any student who has completed a service learning course is eligible for this certificate.
Getting certified in service learning recognizes that you have:
- examined your own role in the society in which you live
- explored the part your discipline plays in contributing to the common good
- gone beyond KU's Core Goal requirements to help your community and to further your own education
- assisted community agencies in furthering their mission and/or services
- examined societal inadequacies and injustices
Your certificate in service learning will appear on your transcript.
- To gain experiences you wouldn’t have gained through courses or community service alone
- To put your life philosophies and political beliefs into practice
- To step outside of the classroom box
- To challenge your perceptions and assumptions
- To take advantage of every opportunity KU has to offer
- To set yourself apart for graduate school or the job market
The length required to complete certificate depends on the student. Some finish in one semester, some in one year, and others need more time. You are free to decide when you will complete certificate. The CSL Coordinator will help you in the process and give you updates about how much has been or needs to be completed.
Yes. At the end of the academic year, all certified students are awarded a certificate at a recognition ceremony. If you are unable to attend the certificate in service learning recognition ceremony, we can get you a PDF copy of that certificate. If you do not see certificate under milestones on your DPR, contact us. This allows graduate schools and employers to see that your service learning experience was an extension of your academic career and verified by the university.
- Recruiting a campus organization to host an event for your agency.
- Recruiting volunteers with special skills or knowledge to respond to an agency need.
- Recruiting members to fill needed Board of Directors terms.
- Getting student volunteers to use the skills from their discipline for the good of your agency (journalism, design, public administration, computer engineering, etc.).
- Being a liaison between a campus organization and community organization supporting the same cause.
- Creating an awareness campaign on campus.