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Elementary and Special Education Senior Project Guidelines

The 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 children who are the target age of your program. Students are exempt from the Service Project if they student teach in the Children’s School. These students must still write a written report and prepare an oral presentation (see steps 6 and 7 below).


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 who are the target age of your program.
  • 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

  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 Registration instructions
  3. Complete Service Project Contract and obtain required signatures. Dr. Rasmussen (326) for elementary students , or Dr. Dawson (307)  for the special education students 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.
  5. Keep the Service Project Contract and Service Project Log in a safe place. You will need these documents during the Student Teaching Seminar Course.
  6. Write a one-page report of your experience. Describe what you did and reflect on how your service enhanced your professional growth. Students who student taught in the Children's School also need to complete the written reflection. 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, and the one-page report.