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Graduate Certificate in Service-Learning Offered

APRIL 7, 2006--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, in cooperation with the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), is offering an online graduate certificate in service-learning to help educators understand, plan and apply service-learning methods in their classrooms and their communities. The introductory course begins in June.

The UW-RF program is comprised of four, three-credit gradate classes and one, three-credit practicum. The online course format and schedule allows a cohort of students to complete the program within a year and from any location.

The 2006-07 course schedule will include: Introduction to Service-Learning (TED 722), beginning June 2006; Service-Learning Reflection – Brain-based and Community Partnerships (TED 724), beginning September 2006; Service-Learning Research, Evaluation and Assessment (TED 723), beginning January 2007; and Service-Learning Practicum (TED 725), by arrangement.

This program will benefit anyone who uses or wants to use service-learning methods as a unique, hands-on and experiential teaching and learning strategy. Because this program is one of the few graduate-credit certificates in service-learning offered via the Internet, it holds many benefits for participants, including: the completion of all courses entirely online and with a cohort of peers, use of multimedia tools for an interactive learning experience, ability to immediately apply skills in classrooms and communities, gaining credit for work experiences through a practicum, and honing skills necessary for the NYLC National Service Learning Certificate.

More than one million students participated in service-learning last year through the national Learn and Serve America program. When students are engaged in meaningful service to their communities, both they and their communities benefit. Educators across America are discovering the rewards of incorporating established curricula with hands-on service projects to increase student involvement and enhance academic achievement, citizenship, and character development.

All participants pay the tuition rate of a Wisconsin resident for each online course and must apply and meet minimum requirements for graduate study at UW-RF. Visit the web site at and select Graduate Studies>Programs>Service Learning for more information or contact the program coordinator Stan Potts via e-mail at Or call the UW-RF outreach and graduate studies office at 715-425-3256 or 1-800-228-5607.


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