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.

Please check back for details regarding APSI 2022.

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

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.

REAL 694 Q Brain Compatible Culturally Responsive Instruction
February 14 – March 21, 2022
Tuition – $100
Register here for REAL 694 Q

  • 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)
$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 2022 opportunities.

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

REAL 696 G Dyslexia I (4) $150 per credit hour
January 10 – May 2, 2022 | online course
Register for REAL 696 G HERE

REAL 694 K Dyslexia II (4) $150 per credit hour
January 10 – May 2, 2022 | online course
Register for REAL 694 J 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 Fermilab 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 2022 opportunities.

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)

  • Spring: February 14 – May 2, 2022 | online course
  • $100 per credit hour

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

  • Spring: February 14 – May 2, 2022 | online course
  • $100 per credit hour

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

  • Spring: February 14 – May 2, 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)
$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 2022 opportunities.

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

Spring 2022: January 10 – May 2, 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)
$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

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

Please check back for details regarding 2022 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 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

Please check back for Summer courses.

  • 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)
$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

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 (opens 10/25)

  • 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

Register HERE for Fall 2021 Teach on A Mission Experiential Graduate Credit

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.
March 14 – May 2, 2022
REAL 695 H: 3 credit hours ($300)
REAL 694 R: 4 credit hours ($400)

  • 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)
$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

View a Sample Experiential Course Syllabus Here

Please check back for details regarding 2022 opportunities.