Implementing a service learning course

If you currently teach a class that you believe is just one or two steps away from being a Service Learning class, or if you are interested in starting a new Service Learning course:  

  • Sign up for a Service Learning workshop if you haven’t already taken on OR discuss your course idea with the Coordinator for Service Learning or the advisory board representative for your respective College. 
  • Fill out the application form available below and attach your syllabus. 
  • Submit your syllabus to the Coordinator of Service Learning for approval by the advisory board (see scoring rubric for details). 
  • If notified of approval, make sure your course is scheduled with an “S” preceding the section number (e.g., ARC 350-S01).
  • All service learning courses require one of the course descriptions below to help students understand what a service learning course entails and how it benefits their learning. Use this in Part XII of your approved syllabus. 
      • Option 1: Academic service learning is an educational approach that combines learning objectives with service objectives in order to deepen a student’s understanding in a specific discipline. It’s a form of experiential education, where students participate in community service projects that fulfill an actual community need. An important part of academic service learning is reflection, during which the student sees how the community service experience ties in with what he or she learns in class. Reflection can be carried out through reading, writing, doing, or telling. The ultimate goal is to apply the knowledge gained through reflection to real-life situations.
      • Option 2: This course includes a Service Learning experience. As a result, this course has the SL (Service Learning) Designation. You will gain valuable experience putting theory into practice into the community. Because service learning broadens perspectives, enhances critical thinking skills, and improves communication skills, graduate schools and employers are increasingly seeking students with experience in service learning and community engagement.
      • Option 3: Combine options 1 and 2 into a single statement.




Elizabeth Price
Service learning coordinator
Faculty Development Center
107 CENTER Applied Science
Murray, KY 42071