Service Learning

" We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill

The Teacher Education Department requires every Middle Grades and Secondary Education undergraduate student to complete 40 hours of community service before completing the program. 30 of the 40 required hours should involve working with teens or children (preferably in an educational or school-sponsored setting). The remaining 10 hours can be completed through opportunities serving the local community, religious organizations, etc. Hours completed beyond the 40 hour requirement can fall in either category.

All undergraduate students in the department may complete service learning hours to receive regalia to wear for graduation. Students who complete 40 or more hours will receive the following: 

  
Hours Accolade
40 hours (required) Certificate
75 hours Red Graduation Cord
150 hours Red and Silver Graduation Cord
250 hours Medallion
   

Evidence:

Middle Grades and Secondary Education students are required to log their hours and information (such as the name of the organization, dates of services, hours of service, and supervisor information) into BlazerLink. Students will join the "Volunteer Services" organization and will document their information through Campus Connect. Students can log on to Campus Connect with their Blazeview login, and search for "Volunteer Services" in the organizations subheader. Students will ask to join the organization, and once accepted will be able to log their hours online. This is where the hours will be viewed by our department, so it is critical that students log all service learning information here. 

Students will also keep track of their hours using the Service Learning Log. Please print off the Teacher Education Service Learning Log in order to record service learning hours, dates, description of activity, name of school/organization, and supervisor signatures. The Service Learning Log serves as a record for students, as well as for a random audit that will take place at the end of each semester. 

Background Check:

If volunteering at a local school, it is required to complete a background check! Please click on the link below to view the qualifications of the local school districts concerning background checks.          

 Background Check Information



College Middle Level Educators: 

This organization is dedicated to students interested in middle grades education.

CMLE features 

  • Professional learning opportunities to enhance growth in your field. 
  • Encouragement and support as you progress through your program.
  • Service opportunities. 
  • Social activities.   
  • Nationally affiliated with the Association of Middle Level Educators. 

See CMLE Flyer and Registration Sheet for more information. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  

  • Volunteer at Moulton Branch Elementary School:  Moulton Branch Elementary is looking for volunteers to help with tutoring students, listening to students read, working in the media center, etc. If you are interested in volunteering, they will be happy to find a place for you. Please contact Moulton Branch Elementary School Academic Coach Shunder Smith at shundersmith@lowndes.k12.ga.us or 229-245-2294 for more information.
  •  Please consider being apart of the Valdosta Evening Reporting Center (ERC). Teaching Incorporated is partnering with Department of Juvenile Justice to help at-risk students succeed. The Valdosta ERC is looking for student volunteers to tutor young adolescents after school. Students range from 12-17 years old. ERC requires a background check. Please review the ERC Informational Pamphlet and contact Dr. Elsie C. Napier (Overseer) (229) 561-2245 or Doris McGee  (Program Manager )  (229) 834-1373 if interested. 
  • Memory Care Unit at Fellowship Home is looking for volunteers to come and interact with the residents. This could be doing a craft, painting the ladies’ fingernails, simply having a conversation, devotion, or singing. All the resident’s in the unit have Alzheimer’s or Dementia diagnoses. Keeping them engaged is key to keeping them calm and happy. Please contact Shea Fisher, the Activities and Program Coordinator at sfisher@FellowshipHomeatBroo.onmicrosoft.com or phone 229-244-9200

  • Morning Star Baptist Church is in need of wonderful tutors/mentors! This program matches adults to work one-on-one with 1st through 12th grade students. Tutoring sessions are Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 5:00-6:30pm. Please review the MSBC Welcome Letter for an overview of the program. See the MSBC tutorial letter to sign up and contact Deanna Brooks at ddbrooks@valdosta.edu or deanna.marshall75@gmail.com.
The Teacher Education Department partners with many of the surrounding local school systems for observing, student teaching, shadowing, and more. Please review the list of school partners and contacts if interested in volunteering in a local school. Please contact the representative before showing up to volunteer. Also be sure to have completed a background check before entering the school.