What is Service-Learning?

Service Learning LogoService-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 the course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. Service-learning focuses on critical reflective thinking and civic responsibility; the service and the learning are designed to be both valuable for the student and the community partner.

Middlesex students are encouraged to participate in community engagement activities, including Service-Learning – and many consider this one of the most meaningful experiences of their education.

What are the Program Requirements?

  • Students are required to spend 22 hours a semester (2-3 hours a week) at their community site and it must occur over an 8-11 week time period during the semester.  Students are also responsible for reflecting on their service-learning work and relating it to what they learn in their classes and textbooks.

  • Students are responsible for choosing their placement from the list of college approved sites on the service-learning database and then registering on-line through the service-learning web-based registration system

  • Students are responsible for going to their site and completing a CORI (criminal background) check.

  • *NEW THIS FALL* Due to new Massachusetts' State Regulations, some sites, including preschools, K-12 schools, and after school programs, may require students to be fingerprinted. The site will provide the information regarding this requirement and there will be a $35 fee attached to it.

  • Students are responsible for printing all necessary forms from the service-learning database, filling them out with their community site supervisor and then their professor, and returning them to the service-learning office by the required due date.

How do I get started?

Your professor will show you the on-line service-learning orientation video and give you all the information needed to properly register for service-learning.  It is your responsibility to follow all written instructions and begin your service-learning placement no later than the week of February 20, 2015.

Student Checklist

  1. Follow all necessary directions to register on-line for service-learning.
  2. Schedule a visit with the site supervisor and fill out the CORI check as soon as possible.
  3. If necessary, complete the fingerprinting requirement.
  4. Agree on a service schedule with the site supervisor.
  5. Complete the paperwork with the site supervisor and your professor and return it to the service-learning office by Feb. 20, 2015.
  6. Complete and record your 22 hours of service and submit all necessary reflection assignments.
  7. Return signed timesheet to the service-learning office by May 1,2015.

Service-Learning Offices:

Bedford: Building #5, Bedford House, Office# 209
Lowell:   5th Floor, Office #21

Last Modified: 3/2/15