Independent Module

Spring 2024
  • The final date we can enroll a student for any service-learning courses is March 8th. All completed and signed paperwork must be submitted to the Center for Community & Civic Engagement on or prior to this date.

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.

Online Orientation

Service-Learning Packets

  • Blue Packet – Independent Module paperwork and application (Found on the FORMS page)

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

The start and end dates

  • Success from day one - Students must be registered prior to the official start date.
  • Students may only register for this course in the Center for Community & Civic Engagement. Please do not provide override information so the student can self register nor register the student yourself.
  • All classes (regardless of start date) must be completed and graded by the end date
  • Grades cannot be submitted until finals week of the semester.
  • Assist us in tracking student service hours and enable us to provide the student a certificate of completion. As students, complete, please complete and submit the google form by copying and pasting the following link into your browser:

Reasons Why Students Register for Independent Module Classes

  • Students see the value of learning by doing and want to be engaged in a service-learning class
  • They want to be mentored by a faculty on a Civic Engagement project
  • They want the service experience documented on their transcripts
  • They need one credit to become a full-time student

Steps to Register for an Independent Module Course

  1. Download the application.
  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

Please Note: Students’ grades must be submitted at the end of each term to prevent modification of the students’ financial aid. Please do not submit grades earlier.