College of Education - Undergraduate
The Semester of Service-Learning Program
About the Program
The College of Education Semester of Service-Learning program gives student teachers the opportunity to complete their field experience in a service learning setting. In such a classroom there are three main attributes that are followed: 1) Students will be engaged in meaningful service in their community, 2) Students have a voice in the direction and leadership of the service; and 3) the service is connected to the curriculum in meaningful ways that promote quality learning experiences for all students. See Semester of Service-Learning FAQs.
How to Apply
Interested students must fill out and submit the Semester of Service Learning Application when they apply to the student teaching program; the two are due at the same time. You must be a teacher assistant or a student applying for student teaching to be considered.
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Statement of Purpose
To be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must provide us with a Statement of Purpose describing your interest in this type of experience and your background knowledge with service-learning or with concepts like it (i.e. place-based education, inquiry-based learning, community service, experiential learning, etc.). You do not need experience in service-learning. However, it is important that you impress upon us your desire to work in such a setting.
Michigan Service Scholars
The Michigan Service Scholars (MSS) program is offered to student teachers who apply to the Semester of Service-Learning and demonstrate an ability to succeed in a service-learning classroom. Administered through Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) and Americorps, the program requires that the student teacher attend MCC-related workshops and trainings, complete 300 hours of practicum time in a service-learning classroom and submit a service-learning lesson plan to MCC. This program awards a $1,000 scholarship and recognition to student teachers who successfully complete the program. NOTE: Acceptance into the COE “Semester of Service-Learning” program DOES NOT guarantee a place in the MSS program or the accompanying $1,000 scholarship.
If you have questions, please contact Mike Posthumus, 301 W. Fulton St. Ste.510, Grand Rapids, MI 49504; Fax: 616-331-6422; email@example.com
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