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. ICCE 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.


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."[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."


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

2 - A K-12 Administrator's Perspective


Please contact ICCE for more information.