Service Learning

ED253 includes a mandatory service-learning component through which you will engage in some type of weekly educational service. ED253 courses have a Service-Learning Designation on Banner. Service-learning placements must be coordinated through the Center for Service and Social Action (CSSA).

 Students must:

Follow this link to a list with descriptions of 2018 approved service placements for ED253. 

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Fall 2018 Service-Learning Reflection Questions & Quotations

Service Placements

Community partners devote much time and effort toward developing quality service-learning experiences for students, and the partners depend on the regular attendance of all students who have registered for the activity. Consequently, students must follow through on the commitment they make to service and should complete ALL of their scheduled service visits.

Missing Service

If a student must miss service, she/he should contact the Center for Service and Social Action at at least 24 hours in advance of the service time, so that CSSA can inform the community partner of the student’s absence. “Make-up days” are NOT permitted, due to the constraints this places on community partners. Students who have repeated absences, who do not comply with the JCU Student Code of Conduct or with the CSSA Service Placement Agreement may be removed from service at the discretion of the community partner in coordination with the CSSA office.

Workshops to Orient Students new to service

Students new to service are required to attend a CSSA Pre-Service Workshop during the week prior to the start of service – September 10-13, 2018. This is designed to help you get oriented to service with key information and details presented.

To register for a pre-service workshop, please browse to this page during the registration process:, which will present you with a list of workshop options offered at various dates and times.

Lecture Opportunities for Students returning to service

Returning students will have the option to attend one of a series of on-campus lectures during the course of the semester. These lectures are designed to deepen their knowledge of poverty, social justice, and other topics to the service-learning experience. Each student will be asked to write a one page reflection after attending the speaker. Our office will evaluate those essays and manage tracking students’ compliance with the requirement. To register for an on-campus lecture, students will be directed to this page during the registration process: which will present them with a list of options.


Dunn-Kenney, M. (2010). Can Service Learning Reinforce Social and Cultural Bias? Exploring a Popular Model of Family Involvement for Early Childhood Teacher Candidates. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education31(1), 37-48.

Mitton-Kükner, J., Nelson, C., and Desrochers, C. (2010). Narrative inquiry in service learning contexts: Possibilities for learning about diversity in teacher education. Teaching and Teacher Education26(5), 1162-1169.

NCSL (National Commission on Service Learning), Learning in Deed. (2002). Learning in Deed: The Power of Service-Learning for American Schools.


JCU Center for Service and Social Action (CSSA)

CSSA’s online registration system

Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Learn and Serve America : Video about service-learning and Learn and Serve America.