2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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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 (EXPL) provides 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 workplace and beyond. Students learn by engaging in meaningful, hands-on activities, including service learning, applied learning, field-based learning, integrative learning, research/scholarship/creative activity, and travel studies. EXPL students reflect critically upon how to apply what they have learned in the classroom to experience-based activities on campus and in the community.

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;
  • Document 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 appropriate to the course content.

Requirements for Experiential Learning Certificate: 15 Credits

Integrative Capstone Experience

Complete a three credit capstone related to the field of study. Credits: 3


Select 11 credits from at least 3 categories below. Contact the Experiential Learning Coordinator to review the list of approved courses for each category. Qualifying courses will be noted as EXPL in WebAdvisor. Other courses may be contracted for EXPL credit with approval of the EXPL Coordinator and the course instructor. Extra-curricular activities, volunteer experiences and regular paid employment may not be used for credit. Credits: 11


Comprehensive course projects in partnership with businesses, agencies and organizations. Credits: 0-4

Creative Activity

Producing a creative work, performance under guidance of a faculty member requiring innovation and appropriate application of the design, build or performance principles of the discipline. Credits: 0-4

Field-Based, Internship and Practicum

Development of new knowledge and skills unique to a particular professional setting actively engaged in innovation or service. Credits: 0-4

Service Learning

Active community engagement and service integrating civic responsibility and cultural differences. Credits: 0-4

Travel Studies: Domestic and Abroad

Travel Studies/Study Abroad: Appreciate cultural diversity and globalization. Credits: 0-4

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity

Research or scholarly work conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member utilizing research conventions of the discipline. Credits: 0-4

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