Course Description

Credit Validation for National Geographic Society Online Course Participants Only

Service learning is a powerful teaching tool that integrates meaningful service to the community into a rigorous academic curriculum.  With service learning, educators can engage students with real-world challenges and help them become agents of change.

Service learning embraces the National Geographic Learning Framework by guiding students to develop the attitudes and skills of National Geographic Explorers while learning critical knowledge and taking action.

In this course, educators will build background knowledge and acquire the tools necessary to facilitate successful service-learning projects with their students. They will also develop an action plan that will tie service learning to their curriculum goals so they will be prepared to implement service learning in the future. Through service learning, educators can inspire students to see connections between their own actions, the health of their community, and the well-being of the entire world.

Make sure you are enrolled in the Integrating Service with Learning Goals course with National Geographic Society. Visit the National Geographic Society website to enroll in this course.

Learner Outcomes

  • Define service learning and distinguish service learning from community service
  • Analyze case studies of service learning classrooms for insight into the service learning process
  • Explore one's own curriculum to identify and select opportunities for service learning
  • Prepare to integrate service learning into their own classrooms by creating a Service Learning Action Plan
  • Share and reflect about one's practice in a collaborative online community

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for National Geographic Society online course participants, particularly K-12 school teachers of any subject(s) or grade(s). No prior knowledge about geography, service learning, or the National Geographic Learning Framework is required. Teaching experience and access to students in a classroom is recommended.



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