What is service-learning?

Service-learning is the formal integration of meaningful community service with classroom instruction and reflection to enhance student learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Courses with a service-learning component offer students an exciting opportunity to apply and reflect upon course concepts through helping nonprofits meet identified community needs!

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Getting Started

  1. The first step in a successful service-learning experience is to locate and contact a placement site. OCE staff will be doing class presentations to help you discover more about our community partners and which sites are the right fit for you.
  2. Before visiting your agency for the first time, review the checklists and documents uploaded to your course portal in EagleSync.
  3. If you still have questions, check with your professor, or visit the Office of Community Engagement located in Showalter Hall.


Refection is encouraged to help students make the connection between experiences in the community and the classroom instruction.

Saying Goodbye

Service-learning Course Development and Related Forms

For faculty wanting to develop a service-learning course, please review the following resources for additional ideas and support.

Course Development Resources:


Please contact the Office of Community Engagement (communityengagement@ewu.edu / 509-359-6255) if you have questions or would like support in developing a community-based learning course.