Service-Learning Students

Vision screening Missouri State students overlooking Port-de-Paix, Haiti

Service-learning has a lot to offer

Students are able to test career choices, gain experience, build resumes, apply theories and concept learned in class, network and make a difference in a community.

Make an advising appointment

We have service-learning advisors that specialize in specific academic areas. Find an advisor in the list linked above that's best for you and your coursework. Schedule a meeting with your advisor with Calendly's convenient scheduling system.

Information and release

Students in an Introductory, Integrated or Component course must complete an information and release form. This form indicates your agreement with Missouri State and service-learning policies.

Student timesheet

If you are in a component course, you will need a timesheet. Some integrated courses also require one. Ask your course instructor if you are unsure.

Agreement form

If you are in a component course, you will need an agreement form, which is official documentation for understanding and agreement between a learning site and you as the student.

GEP Service-Learning

Jump into community engagement as a First-Year Bear! GEP 101 students and instructors serve alongside the Springfield community.


Introduction to Service-Learning courses engage students in 4 hours of service related to their course and/or the Public Affairs mission.


Service-learning is embedded into a course and all students participate, providing a minimum of 15 hours of service related to coursework.


Students have the option to earn an additional hour of academic credit by providing 40 hours of service with a nonprofit, government, or public benefit agency. Similar to a mini-internship.

How students feel about service-learning

Jayci Angell

Spanish 325
Parkview High School

"I would recommend service-learning to others because it is a great chance to get involved with the community and really put into action what you are learning. It gives necessary experience for deciding on career paths and is very valuable."

David Myers

Sociology 420
Urban Neighborhoods Alliance

"It is a good experience to be able to get into the community. It is especially beneficial to students who are not from this area, as it allows them to engage in a community they normally wouldn't be concerned with."

Ashley Brendel

Comm 379
MS Society

"This program allows you to get professional experience that you can't get in a classroom setting. The firsthand experience is awesome! I would definitely advise every student at Missouri State to get involved in a class in their major that offers service-learning. It looks great on your resume and allows you to get a better understanding of what you will be doing when you graduate."

Patrick Bradshaw

Biology 494
Discovery Center

"I would recommend service-learning to EVERY student I talk to. Not only was it one of the best experiences of my life, it helped me see exactly what I want to do with my life. I now know that I want to go into science education and have both the Discovery Center and the service-learning program to thank for that. At the end of the course, I was offered a job which I would not have received had I not done service-learning."

Sarah Cecchettini

Spanish 325
Parkview High School

"I think that all students should give back to the community while in school. Everyone need to focus on others at some point and help their community. Service-learning will help students grow and build a great resume."

Holly Simpson

Biology 369
Dickerson Park Zoo

"It was wonderful to gain hands-on experience with my preferred career field. I cannot wait to add this to my resume. I think it has been the most worthwhile thing I've done so far in school."

Student benefits

  • Gain a sense of personal satisfaction by knowing that what you do makes a difference.
  • Earn course credit while completing a “mini internship.”
  • Enhance your resume´ with “real-world” experience related to an area of interest (professional or personal).
  • Develop relationships, build references, and gain valuable job leads.
  • Test career choices and explore areas of interest prior to graduating from college.
  • Apply theoretical concepts (from classroom and textbook readings) to real-life situations.
  • Receive a special designation on your student transcript.
  • Develop insight into how government and non-profit agencies work to improve the community.
  • Acquire skills to be successful citizens and professionals.
  • Contribute to the quality of the community.