Teaching Resources

Sample Wording For Service-Learning Syllabus

  • This class contains a service-learning component. This aspect of the course is designed to help students to utilize engagement in the community as a way to consider the ideas and academic content found in class texts and discussions/lectures. It is hoped that you might gain unique perspectives in the service experience that can be useful as you think through the ideas presented by the professor and authors. Participation in a course like this can contribute towards ASU's Civic Engagement Certificate or might generate ideas that can be later explored and sponsored by a forthcoming University Civic Engagement Research Grant.
  • "Service-learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of Course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility." Robert Bringle and Julie Hatcher, "A Service Learning Curriculum for Faculty." The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Fall 1995. 112-122
  • "This course is a service-learning course as registered with the Office of Academic Civic Engagement. The Office of Academic Civic Engagement offers many resources for you and we encourage you to explore their website at: https://engagement.appstate.edu/. Appalachian State University encourages students to look beyond the boundaries of the classroom through a variety of civic engagement opportunities.

    The Civic Engagement Certificate Program honors students who have participated in a significant number of service-learning courses throughout their collegiate career and have distinguished themselves by demonstrating an outstanding level of commitment to civic leadership and social responsibility. The certificate is included on your transcript and is part of your graduation from Appalachian State. Please consider pursuing the Civic Engagement Certificate. Information can be found at: https://engagement.appstate.edu/professional-development/civic-engagement-certificate.

    The Office of Academic Civic Engagement sponsors a graduation pledge to continue the values of service after graduation. The graduation pledge is: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences, and the civic and community responsibilities, of any job or career I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work." If interested, you can take the graduation pledge at: http://act.appstate.edu/graduation-pledge."

Service-Learning Example Syllabi

Sample service-learning syllabi by subject can be found via Campus Compact. Please browse this website for even more resources.

Service-Learning Books & Journals

In addition to these resources, and the books/journals/videos available through the ACT Resource Library, the Western North Carolina Library Network has a variety of books on service-learning history, course integration, evaluation, etc.


Although there are many websites that provide quality service-learning information and resources, some of our favorites for those who are just getting started are: