GUIDELINES FOR SERVICE PROJECT FOR GRADUATIONThe service project is a self-selected project designed to enhance the overall objectives of the teacher education program. It allows you to bring your educational and professional expertise and interest to bear on a real situation outside of your coursework. The project should enhance your interest, knowledge, and skills as a teacher candidate. Each project requires 30 hours of service. The hours do not have to be spent in the public school system, but must benefit students K-6. Early Childhood students are exempt from the Service Project because of their extra semester of student teaching in the Children’s School but still report during their last semester on their work in the Children's School.
When selecting a Service Project for Graduation, keep in mind the following criteria:
• The project should be an education-related service to individuals or organizations impacting children K-6 grades.
• The project should extend or enhance some of the skills developed while in the Teacher Education program.
• The project should not be a repeat of something previously done.
• The project must be volunteer, not part of a paid job.
• The project must be something beyond what a good person normally does for others as a good person—e.g., helping a parent, relative, neighbor, or friend.
Steps to Complete the Service Project for Graduation:
1. Determine what you will do for your service project. If you need help finding a project contact the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CEL) at (801) 626-7737 or stop by their office in Shepherd Union Building, Room 327.
2. Register with Community Involvement Center
http://weber.edu/ccel. Registration instructions
3. Complete Service Project Contract and obtain required signatures. When you get your project sponsor signature, give your sponsor the Memo to Project Sponsors. At present Dr. Stewart (ED 335), or Dr. Dawson (ED 307) may approve a service project for graduation.
4. Do your project and complete your Service Project Log. When you complete your project, total the number of hours spent on the entire project. Have the project sponsor sign the Service Project Log and write comments. Print a record of your hours from WeberSsync (CEL) timesheet.
5. Keep the Service Project Contract, Service Project Log, and your WeberSync timesheet in a safe place. You will need these three documents during the Student Teaching Seminar Course.
6. Write a one-page reflection. Include what you did and reflect on how your service enhanced your professional growth. You will need this document during the Student Teaching Seminar Course.
7. During the Student Teaching Seminar Course you will present a five-minute summary of your project. This presentation must include a visual representation of the project (video, photos, PowerPoint, actual project materials, etc.). Make sure if you use pictures that identify students that you include a signed parent permission form.
8. On the day you present your service project, submit to the instructor the following documentation: Service Project Contract, Service Project Log, WeberSync (CEL) timesheet, and the one-page reflection.