2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 29, 2023  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Experiential Learning Certificate

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Kathie Erdman Becker, Coordinator and Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences
Wagner Hall 124
E-mail: kathie.erdman@sdstate.edu

Program Information
The Experiential Learning Certificate will provide students with high-impact educational activities to produce deeper learning outcomes – mastery of academic content and transferable skills – needed for success in the 21st century world. Students learn best when they engage in meaningful, hands-on activities, including service learning, applied learning, field-based learning, integrative learning, research/scholarship/creative activity, and domestic and international travel studies. More specifically, students learn best when they reflect critically upon how to apply what they have learned in the classroom to experience-based learning activities.

Student Learning Outcomes
Through completing the Experiential Learning Certificate, students will:

  • Actively engage in experienced based learning in their field of study;
  • Exhibit greater cultural sensitivity and community engagement;
  • Hone their management, collaboration, and communication skills by networking with faculty and peers; and
  • Engage in research or creative activities that lead to intellectual discovery and professional development.

Academic Requirements
The following are required of all students enrolled in the experiential learning program:

  • Successful completion of 15 hours of experiential learning coursework in at least three different types of courses (service learning, applied learning, field-based learning, integrative learning, scholarly activity, and travel studies);
  • Successful completion of at least one activity outside of a campus setting through the program coursework;
  • Successful completion of at least one campus-based activity through the program coursework;
  • Documentation of completion of certificate requirements via an electronic portfolio;
  • Participation in all assessment activities and surveys associated with the certificate.

Course Delivery Format
Program courses are taught on campus, online, and in field based settings.

Requirements for Experiential Learning Certificate: 15 Credits

Integrative Capstone Experience

Select one of the following. Credits: 3


Select courses from at least three categories below.  The plan of study must be approved prior to enrollment in coursework to qualify for the certificate. Credits: 11

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: 1-4

Scholarly Activity: Conducting research or creative activity and disseminating it.

  • 498 Undergraduate Research/Scholarship (1-12 credits)
  • Qualifying topics, workshops, and independent study courses (1-12 credits)

Field-Based, Applied and Service Learning: 1-4

Field-based Learning: Development of new knowledge and skills unique to a particular setting.
Applied Learning: Course projects in partnership with businesses, agencies and organizations.
Service Learning: Active community engagement and service integrating civic responsibility and cultural differences.

Internship and Practicum: 1-4

  • All upper division x94 and x95

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