Community Engaged Learning criteria for graduate courses

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What are the criteria for a Community Engaged Learning designation on a graduate course?

Faculty interested in having a graduate course(s) designated as part of the Community Engaged Learning program should ensure that the course(s) meets the following elements:

  • Must involve 15 hours of engagement with/for a community partner or individual, as well as at least one reflection piece on the engagement that is tied to graded course material. The reflection piece can be an assignment, a paper, a quiz, a test, etc.

It is highly encouraged instructors assess the student reflection piece. Information on Community Engaged Learning student assessment tools can be found at this link

The Community Engaged Learning designation was piloted during the 2021-2022 academic year. A list of the course sections in the program can be found on the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) classes webpage. Community Engaged Learning designated course sections will be reviewed every three years.

Accredited programs recognized as community-engaged

UWL houses several accredited programs designated by the Community Engagement Council as Community Engaged Programs. Each program systematically includes community-based experiences for all students in the program through required elements in the curriculum (traditionally through required fieldwork, internships, or practicums). Students develop skills and integrate theoretical and practical knowledge while also providing a service to partner organizations.



Occupational Therapy


Physical Therapy


Physician’s Assistant


Athletic Training


Public Health


Radiological Technology


Nuclear Medicine


Therapeutic Recreation


Recreation Management


School of Education programs leading to licensure as K-12 teachers

undergraduate and graduate

School Psychology


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UWL Office of Community Engagement
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, Room 114
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601