Independent Module

Definition of Service-Learning

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful community service with academic instruction through guided reflection.


Independent Module

Students have the option to register for a stand-alone Service-Learning course.  This is an academic credit service-learning class where the faculty advisor builds assignments based on your service-learning experience at the site.  There is no lecture period to attend; however, you will receive a letter grade in this class on your transcript.

Service-Learning Packets

  • Blue Packet – Independent Module paperwork and application

Core Components

  • Students register for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours
  • 50 hours of service required per credit hour registered
  • Establish learning objectives with faculty
  • Keep a reflective journal while serving
  • Create a final analytical paper or project that summarizes your learning

Honors students are required to earn at least one service-learning credit in order to graduate with honors.

The Spring 2014 start and end dates

For Independent Service-Learning Modules are as follows:

  • 16 weeks - 1/13/2014 - 5/9/2014
  • 14 weeks - 1/27/2014 - 5/9/2014
  • 10 weeks - 3/3/2014 - 5/9/2014
  • 8 weeks - 3/17/2014 - 5/9/2014

Reasons Why Students Register for Independent Module Classes

  • They are an Honors student who plans to graduate from Mesa Community College with honors and they need a 1-credit service-learning course
  • They need extra credit to maintain scholarship, financial aid, and/or athletic eligibility
  • They want the service documented on their transcripts
  • And more!

Steps to Register for an Independent Module Course

  1. Visit the Center for Community & Civic Engagement for an application or download it from our website:
  2. Complete the online orientation on our website
  3. Visit with an approved faculty advisor in their preferred academic discipline to create learning objectives
  4. Select a service location from our list of approved agencies on our online service sites database and contact the agency for approval
  5. Meet with an agency supervisor to establish service objectives (related to the learning objectives) and have them sign the independent module application
  6. Bring your completed application, with required signatures, to the Center for Community & Civic Engagement to register for the course