Definition, Criteria, and General Information for Service-Learning (SL) Course Approval


University of Central Florida: Experiential Learning

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For summer and fall 2019 courses, submissions are due January 25 to
Information sessions for the Service-Learning designation will be held on:
August 22, 10-11 am (CSEL323) and August 23, 3-4 pm (CSEL323)


The University of Central Florida defines service-learning (SL) as a teaching method that incorporates the learning objectives of a credit-bearing course with student participation in community service projects. Students apply theories and skills learned in the classroom to address community needs and social responsibility as they gain an appreciation for the relationship between civics and academics.

To attain an SL course designation, the SL activities must be with nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, public schools, the philanthropic arm of for-profit organizations, or other initiatives approved on a case-by-case basis.

The experience may not be simply co-op, internship, clinical practicum, or other activities designed to meet student-learning needs. Although these experiential learning opportunities develop and/or demonstrate implementation of course competencies, which are integral to the student’s learning, they do not generally meet the SL requirements.


The basic criteria for designating an existing course as an SL course at UCF are as follows:

  • Addresses a need in the community (campus, local, regional, global)
  • Meets one or more course objectives
  • Demonstrates a clear connection between the service activity and the course content
  • Involves reciprocity between course and community that results in students’ increased civic awareness and engagement
  • Involves structured student reflection
  • Involves collaboration with an appropriate agency representative
  • Involves at least 15 hours of student service to the community agency
  • Not a venue for promoting religious or political agendas nor is it to be used for recruitment of students, those served, or other residents of locations visited for religious or political efforts. (See Faculty Handbook)

Please review the SL Evaluation Rubric.

Courses may be submitted for sections unique to the faculty member or for all sections of a course. For submissions to designate all sections of a course, consent of the Department Chair is required before the request will be considered.


To have your course Service-Learning designated, please submit your completed proposal packet via email to the Service-Learning Program Director, The course designation application form and process can be found here.

You can also contact for more information.

After designation is approved by a committee appointed by the Director of Experiential Learning, the course/course section will be eligible to have an SL designation on the schedule of classes.

Service-Learning Advisory Council 2017-2018

Preston-SidlerLeandraArts And HumanitiesWomen’s and Gender Studies
BowdonMelodyArts And HumanitiesWriting & Rhetoric
ThaxtonTerryArts And HumanitiesEnglish
PurmenskyKerryArts And HumanitiesModern Languages & Literatures
Brown-ErgleRobertaCollege of Education and Human PerformanceSchool of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
KrickStephanieCollege of Health and Public AffairsPublic Administration
LuzincourtGeraldineCollege of NursingNursing
Jude SmithJasonDivision of Teaching and LearningExperiential Learning
ZehAmyDivision of Teaching and LearningExperiential Learning
MalaretStaceyStudent Development & Enrollment ServicesLEAD Scholars Academy
ConnellLeslieCollege of Business AdministrationIntegrated Business Administration
GelfertNicoleBurnett Honors CollegeResearch & Community Engagement
JacquesPeterCollege of SciencesPolitical Science
HanlonChristineCollege of SciencesCommunication