Certificate in Service Learning

The Certificate in Service Learning (CSL) recognizes your experiences in utilizing your classroom skills to meet community-identified needs.

Earning the certificate involves taking classes, engaging in volunteer work, and reflecting on your service learning experiences. Once you have earned the certificate, it is acknowledged on your official academic transcript.

Completion of this certificate fulfills KU Core Goal 5: Social Responsibility and Ethics.

Steps to Earn the Certificate in Service Learning:

Registration for this certificate is through the Experiential Learning Certificates portal.

Log in to the Experiential Learning Certificates portal to register for the Certificate in Service Learning. Please allow a couple of days for the service learning record to become active in the portal. You will use the Experiential Learning Certificates portal to track service hours and submit your final reflection.

Service 101 is an introduction to service pathways and ethical service work. This is not a class.

Resources to help you complete this component will be available on the Center for Service Learning website. After reviewing the online Service 101 resources, you will need to respond to some reflection questions, which will be available on your service learning certificate record in myKU Portal.

The Service 101 reflection questions must be submitted and approved before you can complete the final reflection.

Take 1 designated service-learning (SL) class  and 1 social awareness (SA) class. View eligible courses

  • Service learning classes must be taken for a minimum of 3 credit hours. Classes that qualify toward the certificate vary by semester.  
  • 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
  • You may have taken a SL or SA service-learning class that is not included on the list of courses. Please suggest any course to the Certificate Coordinator that you feel should be included. We will seek approval to have the class added to the list.

Complete a minimum of 60 hours of service. 

Service hours from your service learning class count toward the cumulative 60 hours needed to complete the certificate. If the service hours from your courses fall below 60 hours, you may complete additional service in one of the following ways:

If you continue service at an agency beyond what is required for your service learning class, you may use those hours to complete this component. Contact us with questions or to discuss other options for completing the additional service.

If you complete service hours that are not part of a class, you will need to fill out an additional service verification form and upload it to your submission in myKU Portal. 

Write a reflection summary including all of your service experiences.

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. The written reflection needs to be submitted through myKU Portal.

To complete the reflection or attend a session, you must have registered for the certificate, completed Service 101, and finished the majority of your coursework and service. 

Preview Reflection Questions

To apply to graduate from the Certificate in Service Learning, simply log in to your Enroll and Pay account. For detailed instructions, visit the Student Information System website.

If you plan to complete a certificate program in any given semester, you should apply to graduate from the certificate program even if you still have additional classes or experiences in progress.

The deadline to apply to graduate from a certificate in any semester can be found on the Office of the University Registrar's calendar as "Undergraduate Application for Graduation Deadline."

Your certificate will be added to your academic transcript after degrees post for the semester in which you completed the certificate requirements.

Why Get Certified in Service Learning?

Your certification in service 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.

Getting certified in service learning recognizes that you have:

  • 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

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