Experiential Learning

The University of St. Francis (USF) recognizes that profound learning occurs in a variety of formal and informal settings. To encourage continuous life-long learning, USF offers professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in unique settings and earn graduate credit for select experiences outside the traditional classroom structure. 

Interested in working with the University of St. Francis on an experiential learning opportunity? CLICK HERE

Current Partners in Learning

Educators attending the AMTA Midwest Modeling Summer Institute have the option to enroll in the following experiential learning courses to earn graduate credit. The course is an opportunity to extend, apply, and demonstrate learning from the Midwest Modeling Institute experience with activities aligned to academic outcomes and applicable state and national standards.

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for AMTA Midwest Modeling Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$TBA 2022 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

Public View Syllabi
Some content is protected in the public view such as instructor information, schedule, policies, etc. The content will be included on the syllabus within the online course environment for those who enroll. View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

Please check back for details regarding Midwest Modeling 2022.

Educators attending APSI at the Plainfield, Illinois location have the option to enroll in the following experiential learning course to earn three (3) hours of graduate credit. The course is an opportunity to extend, apply, and demonstrate learning from the APSI experience with activities aligned to academic outcomes and applicable state and national standards.

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit. To register for the Advanced Placement Summer Institute, please visit Plainfield SD 202 (psd202.org)
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

RECT 695 A: Advanced Placement Institute (3 credit hours)
June 21 – July 25, 2022 | online course
Tuition: $260 per credit hour
Register HERE for RECT 695 A (opens in March)

RECT 695 B: Advanced Placement Institute (3 credit hours)
June 27 – July 25, 2022 | online course
Tuition: $260 per credit hour
Register HERE for RECT 695 B (opens in March)

Tuition for ASPIRE Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour | Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.

Experiential Graduate Course Registration

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

REAL 690 Mentorship and Leadership (3 credit hours)
January 10 – May 2, 2022 | online course
Tuition: $150 per credit hour
Register for REAL 690 A HERE

REAL 690 Mentorship and Leadership (3 credit hours)
May 16 – July 8, 2022 | online course
Tuition: $150 per credit hour
Register for REAL 690 A HERE

COURSES

  • REAL 694 V Foundations of Addressing Student Well-Being
  • REAL 695 N Foundations of Learning Recovery
  • REAL 696 P Foundations of Attending to Equity
  • RECT 694 E Foundations of Blended Learning
  • RECT 695 E Advanced Blended Learning
Click Here to Register for Summer 2022

GRADES & TRANSCRIPTS

Final grades for the summer semester will be posted and transcripts will be available after August 8, provided all course requirements have been met by August 1, 2022. Request transcripts here.

OTHER COURSES YOU MIGHT ENJOY

View our full selection of graduate courses in education here.

QUESTIONS

Questions regarding the application/registration process or transcripts may be sent to real@stfrancis.edu.

The College of Education is pleased to offer a graduate-level experiential learning course for educators who have completed a book study at the University of St. Francis.

Summer 2022

REAL 694 Brain Compatible Culturally Responsive Instruction (1)
July 5 – 25, 2022 | online course
Tuition – $100
Register here for REAL 694 P

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for Boone-Winnebago Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

Public View Syllabi
Some content is protected in the public view such as instructor information, schedule, policies, etc. The content will be included on the syllabus within the online course environment for those who enroll.

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

REAL 694 Trauma Informed Practices for Educators (1 credit hour)
May 16 – July 8, 2022 | online course
Course Tuition: $150
Register here for REAL 694 

Tuition for Children’s Dyslexia Center Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour | Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.

Experiential Graduate Course Registration

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

Summer Semester 2022 Courses

REAL 696 Dyslexia I (4) $150 per credit hour
May 16 – August 1, 2022 | online course
Register for REAL 696 HERE

REAL 694 K Dyslexia II (4) $150 per credit hour
May 16 – August 1, 2022 | online course
Register for REAL 694 HERE 

Fall Semester 2022 Courses

REAL 695 Dyslexia I (4) $150 per credit hour
August 22 – December 9, 2022 | online course
Register for REAL 695 HERE

REAL 694 K Dyslexia II (4) $150 per credit hour
August 22 – December 9, 2022 | online course
Register for REAL 694 HERE 

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for CodeHS Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

REAL 696 F Computer Science for Educators (4 credit hours)
May 16 – August 1, 2022 | online course
Course tuition: $150
Register here for REAL 694 F (opens 3/21)

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for Discovery Center Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

REAL 696 Earth Science (1 credit hr)
June 28 – July 8, 2022 | online course
Tuition: $150
Register HERE for REAL 696 M

REAL 695 Environmental Science I: Plants, Animals and Ecosystems (1 credit hr)
July 12 – 22, 2022 | online course
Tuition: $150
Register HERE for REAL 695 L

REAL 694 Environmental Science II: Climate and Disasters (1 credit hr)
July 26 – August 5, 2022 | online course
Tuition: $150
Register HERE for REAL 694 R

RECT 694 STEM in the Classroom (1 credit hr)
June 14 – 24, 2022 | online course
Tuition: $150
Register HERE for RECT 694 G

Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.

  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for Fermilab Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$100 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

Public View Syllabi
Some content is protected in the public view such as instructor information, schedule, policies, etc. The content will be included on the syllabus within the online course environment for those who enroll. View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

REAL 694 S: Phriendly Physics 3–5 (2 credit hours)
July 20 – 29, 2022 | online course
Tuition Rate: $100 per credit hour
Register HERE for REAL 694 S

REAL 694 T: Introduction to Particle Physics (2 credit hours)
July 11 – 22, 2022 | online course
Tuition Rate: $100 per credit hour
Register HERE for REAL 694 T

REAL 694 QuarkNet Data Port I (3 credit hours)
July 11 – 29, 2022 | online course
Tuition Rate: $100 per credit hour
Register HERE for REAL 694 W

REAL 695 M: Science and Engineering in the K-2 Classroom (1 credit hour)
July 18 – 29, 2022 | online course
Tuition Rate: $100 per credit hour
Register HERE for REAL 695 M

REAL 696 N: Insects at Work in Our World (1 credit hour)
August 1 – 5, 2022 | online course
Tuition Rate: $100 per credit hour
Register HERE for REAL 696 N

REAL 696 O: Energy and Ecosystems (3 credit hours)
July 25 – August 5, 2022 | online course
Tuition Rate: $100 per credit hour
Register HERE for REAL 696 O

RECT 694 Quark Net Coding I (2 credit hours)
June 17 – July 1 | online course
Tuition Rate: $100 per credit hour
Register HERE for RECT 694 H

RECT 695 Quark Net Coding II (3 credit hours)
July 25 – August 5 | online course
Tuition Rate: $100 per credit hour
Register HERE for RECT 695 F

The College of Education is pleased to offer a graduate-level experiential learning course for candidates who have earned all three (3) certified educator badges for in the Current and Controversial Issue Discussions series available through Guardians of Democracy.

REAL 695 Service Learning in the Content Areas (3 hours)

  • Summer: June 6 – July 25, 2022 | online course 
  • $100 per credit hour

REAL 694 Using Simulations in the Content Areas (3 hours)

  • Summer: June 6 – July 25, 2022 | online course
  • $100 per credit hour

REAL 696 Facilitating Controversial Discussions in the Classroom (3 hours)

  • Summer: June 6 – July 25, 2022 | online course
  • $100 per credit hour

Evidence of Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certified Educator badges must be submitted (see below) and approved prior to enrolling in the course. Please complete the form below to express your interest and validate your Guardians of Democracy badges. Once your badges are confirmed, an email notification will be sent to the address provided with access to registration for the course.

This email will be used to confirm receipt of your submission as well as subsequent communication regarding the registration process.
This will not commit you to enrollment in any of the courses. It allows us to send you the registration information for the courses in which you are currently interested once evidence of completion for experiential requirements are confirmed.

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit. Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.
  • Tuition for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Graduate Course(s) is
    $100 per credit hour
    (tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider)
  • What happens once my course registration is submitted? Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

Public View Syllabi
Some content is protected in the public view such as instructor information, schedule, policies, etc. The content will be included on the syllabus within the online course environment for those who enroll.

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

Register for Summer 2022 Courses Here

Agriscience Educator Institute (2 credit hours)

  • Clark County: REAL 694 H | May 31 – June 20 (online course)
  • Bureau County: REAL 694 I | June 6 – 27 (online course)
  • Sangamon County: REAL 694 J | June 9 – 27 (online course)
  • McLean County: REAL 694 K | June 6 – 27 (online course)
  • Macoupin County: REAL 694 L | June 20 – July 11 (online course)
  • Winnebago County: REAL 694 M | June 20 – July 11 (online course)

Agriscience Educator Institute (3 credit hours)

  • Jasper County: REAL 694 G | May 31 – June 20 (online course)

Integrating Agriscience (3 credit hours)

  • Dekalb County: REAL 695 H | June 8 – July 11 (online course)
  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for IVCC Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

Please check back for future course offerings.

Educators participating in Teacher In-Service offerings at the John G. Shedd Aquarium have the option to enroll in the following experiential learning course to earn graduate credit. The course is an opportunity to extend, apply, and demonstrate learning from the in-service experience with activities aligned to academic outcomes and applicable state and national standards.

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for John G. Shedd Aquarium Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$100 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

  • Summer 2022: June 6 – July 25, 2022
  • Fall 2022: August 22 – December 9, 2022

Educators are required to provide evidence of completion for a minimum of nine (9) seat hours prior to enrollment. Please complete the form below to express your interest in the graduate course and validate your John G. Shedd Aquarium Teacher In-Service hours. Once hours are confirmed by USF, an email notification will be sent to the address provided with access to the course registration and payment form.

This email will be used to confirm receipt of your submission as well as subsequent communication regarding the registration process.
This will not commit you to enrollment in any of the courses. It allows us to send you the registration information for the courses in which you are currently interested once evidence of completion for experiential requirements are confirmed.

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for KCOEC Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

Please check back for future offerings from the Kendall County Outdoor Education Center.

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.
  • Tuition for the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship Experiential Graduate Course is $100 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)
  • What happens once my course registration is submitted? Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details can be found here: Preparing for Your Course
  • View Sample Syllabus
Please check back for details regarding upcoming opportunities.
  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for Rock Island ROE Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$100 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

Public View Syllabi
Some content is protected in the public view such as instructor information, schedule, policies, etc. The content will be included on the syllabus within the online course environment for those who enroll.

EXPERIENTIAL GRADUATE COURSE OPTIONS

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

RECT 694 Strategies for Student Success (1 credit hour)
June 20 – August 1, 2022 | online course
Course Tuition: $100
Register here for RECT 694 I

RECT 695 Engaging Families in Student Achievement (1 credit hour)
May 16 – August 1, 2022 | online course
Course Tuition: $100
Register here for RECT 695 A 

REAL 696 Professional Development for Educators (1 credit hour)
June 2 – August 1, 2022 | online course
Course Tuition: $100
Register here for REAL 696 I 

REAL 696 Successful Criteria for Effective Instruction (1 credit hour)
August 22 – October 14, 2022 | online course
Course Tuition: $100
Register here for REAL 696 F

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for ROE 47 Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 2022 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

REAL 695 C Self-Awareness for Teaching and Learning (1)
January 10 – May 2, 2022 | online course
Course tuition: $150
Register here for REAL 695 C 

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.
  • Tuition for Teach On A Mission Experiential Graduate Course(s) is $100 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)
  • What happens once my course registration is submitted? Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details can be found here: Preparing for Your Course

The Flipped Classroom Formula 
View the sample syllabus here for an overview of the course and comparison of assignments/requirements for both credit hour options.

Summer Semester | May 16 – August 1, 2022 
Register for REAL 695: 3 credit hours ($300)
Register for REAL 694: 4 credit hours ($400)

Fall Semester | August 22 – December 9, 2022 
Register for REAL 695: 3 credit hours ($300)
Register for REAL 694: 4 credit hours ($400)

Blended Classroom Blueprint 
View the sample syllabus here for an overview of the course and comparison of assignments/requirements for both credit hour options.

Summer Semester | May 16 – August 1, 2022 
Register for RECT 694: 1 credit hour ($100)

Fall Semester | August 22 – December 9, 2022 
Register for RECT 694: 1 credit hour ($100)

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for VALEES Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

RECT 694 Teaching with Technology in the CTE Classroom (3 credit hours)
June 6–27, 2022| online course
Tuition – $450 for three credit hours
Register here for RECT 694 D

The College of Education is pleased to offer a graduate-level experiential learning course for candidates who have completed requirements for the corresponding book study and/or practicum through West40 ICS.

  • Registration on this page is specific to the dates and requirements for individuals pursuing optional graduate credit.
  • Dates noted for the course reflect the official start and end dates for the ELC opportunity.

Tuition for West40 ICS Experiential Graduate Course(s)
$150 per credit hour (Tuition noted is in addition to any course or workshop fees paid directly to the workshop provider.)

What happens once my course registration is submitted?
Information regarding student account access, Canvas (online learning system), and other useful details is available here: Preparing for Your Course

REAL 694: Coaching for Equity I (1 credit hour)

  • February 11 – May 2, 2022 | online course
  • Tuition- $150 per credit hour
  • Eligibility based on completion of the required book study

REAL 695: Coaching for Equity II (2 credit hours)

  • February 11 – May 2, 2022 | online course
  • Tuition- $150 per credit hour
  • Eligibility based on completion of the required book study
  • REAL 694 is not a required pre-requisite for REAL 695, although highly recommended

This email will be used to confirm receipt of your submission as well as subsequent communication regarding the registration process.
This will not commit you to enrollment in any of the courses. It allows us to send you the registration information for the courses in which you are currently interested once evidence of completion for experiential requirements are confirmed.