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 AMTA Midwest Modeling Institute 2021 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)
$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 HERE for Experiential Graduate Credit for AMTA Workshops

REAL 694 G (3 credit hours)
Modeling Biology I
June 14 – July 12, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

REAL 694 F (3 credit hours)
Modeling Chemistry I
June 14 – July 12, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

REAL 694 H (3 credit hours)
Modeling Physics Mechanics
June 14 – July 12, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

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.

Tuition for the experiential course is $260* per credit hour. 

REAL 695 Advanced Placement Institute (3 credit hours)
Select session date to open and complete registration.

*Tuition reflects amount due for experiential course only. AP Summer Institute registration/fees are managed through the College Board APSI.

ABOUT THIS COURSE
Course assignments will be submitted through Canvas which will be accessible via MyUSF once your student account is established (see below).

Where do I access the course? (MyUSF Portal)

  • https://myusf.stfrancis.edu/portal/secure OR visit stfrancis.edu and choose MyUSF in the upper left corner
  • If this is your first course with USF, a new account will be initiated once your enrollment is confirmed. Please note that account creation may take a few business days.
  • Once your account is created, a notification will be sent to the email provided with your  registration from IT/Tech Support at St. Francis with credentials for accessing your account.
  • If more than five business days pass and you do not hear from IT/Tech Support, please check your junk folder in the event the message was treated as spam. If notification was not received, contact Tech Support for assistance at 815-768-TECH or techsupport@stfrancis.edu.

How do I access/request transcripts?

  • Unofficial transcripts can be accessed via MyUSF under For Students, then View Your Unofficial Transcript.
  • Official Transcript requests are submitted to the Office of the Registrar via MyUSF under For Students, then Order an Official Transcript.

Questions? Drop in to our virtual open house!

  • 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 ASPIRE Experiential Graduate Course(s) is $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 can be found here: Preparing for Your Course
  • View sample syllabus for REAL 690

REAL 690 Mentorship and Leadership (click title to view sample syllabus)
May 17 – July 12, 2021 | online course
Register here for REAL 690

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.

Register here for Book Study Experiential Graduate Courses

REAL 694 D Equity in School Communication
Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About and To Students Every Day by Mica Pollock 
May 17 – June 25, 2021 | online 
One credit hour – $100

REAL 695 D Brain Compatible Culturally Responsive Instruction
Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta L. Hammond
June 7 – 25, 2021 | online 
One 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 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 Z STEM: Energy Everywhere (1 credit hour)
July 13 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Register for REAL 694 Z HERE

REAL 694 AA Wild About Weather (1 credit hour)
July 27 – August 6, 2021 | online course
Register for REAL 694 AA HERE

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 695 B Dyslexia I (3)
August 23 – December 13, 2021 | online course
Register for REAL 695 B HERE

REAL 694 J Dyslexia II (4)
August 23 – December 13, 2021 | 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)
$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 HERE for Fermilab Experiential Graduate Credit

REAL 694 M (3 credit hours)
QuarkNet Data Port I
June 21* – July 19, 2021 | online course
June 28* – July 19, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour
*All educators should register for REAL 694 M

REAL 694 J (2 credit hours)
Introduction to Particle Physics
July 12 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

REAL 694 O (2 credit hours)
Summer Secondary Physics Mechanics
July 12 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

REAL 694 K (1 credit hour)
Phriendly Physics K – 2
July 19 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

REAL 694 N (2 credit hours)
Summer Secondary Physics – Electricity and Magnetism
July 19 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

REAL 694 L (2 credit hours)
Phriendly Physics 3 – 5
July 21 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

REAL 696 B (3 credit hours)
Energy and Ecosystems
July 26 – August 6, 2021 | online course
Tuition: $100 per credit hour

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.

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)
$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 R Agriscience Educator Institute (2)
June 1 – 28, 2021 | online course
For those who attended June institutes in Bureau, Clark, or Jackson
Register for REAL 694 R HERE

REAL 694 S Agriscience Educator Institute (2)
For those who attended June institutes in DeKalb or McHenry
June 14 – July 12, 2012 | online course
Register for REAL 694 S HERE

REAL 694 T Agriscience Educator Institute (2)
For those who attended July institute in Kane 
July 6 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Register for REAL 694 T HERE

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

RECT 694 Applying Aquatic STEM in the Classroom (1 credit hour)
May 17 – August 2, 2021 | online course
$100 per credit hour
View Sample Syllabus Here

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

Register HERE for KCOEC Experiential Graduate Credit

REAL 695 Social Emotional Learning in Nature
June 14 – July 12, 2021 | 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 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

RECT 694 A Collaborative Strategies for Building Effective IEPs (3 hours)
May 17 – August 6, 2021 | online course
Register HERE for RECT 694
Course Tuition = $300

  • 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

REAL 695 I Cultivating Emotional Resilience (1)
May 24 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Register HERE for REAL 695 I

RECT 694 B Technology Tools for the Classroom (1)
July 8 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Register HERE for RECT 694 B

  • 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 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 694 X Multi-Dimensional Learning (1)
June 7 – August 2, 2021 | online course
Register for REAL 694 X 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 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 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.
May 24 – August 2, 2021
REAL 694 P: 3 credit hours ($300)
REAL 695 G: 4 credit hours ($400)

Blended Classroom Blueprint 
View the sample syllabus here for an overview of the course.
July 5 – August 2, 2021
RECT 694 D: 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 E Teaching with Technology in the CTE Classroom (3)
June 7 – 28, 2021 | online course
Register for RECT 694 E HERE