SERVE Program - Service Learning / Fieldwork
Service Learning / Fieldwork Contact Information:
Coordinator: Christina Mulcahy
Phone: (562) 860-2451 ext. 2212
Location: Teacher TRAC Center - MP 100 (A-F)
SERVE is a partnership program between Cerritos College and California State University
Long Beach (CSULB) that allows students the opportunity
to do on-site observations and fieldwork.
The Center for Community Engagement in the CSU Chancellor’s Office defines service
learning as “a teaching method that promotes student learning through active participation
in meaningful and planned service experiences in the community that are substantially
related to course content. Through reflective activities, students enhance their
understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility,
self-awareness and commitment to the community.”
2011 CSU Resource Guide for Managing Risk in Service Learning (p.4)
The SERVE (Service Experiences for Re-Vitalizing Education) Program at Cerritos College and in the College of Education at CSULB creates an opportunity for students at the undergraduate level, in particular for those who are considering careers in K-8 education, to learn about the realities of today’s classrooms and the needs of the diverse K-8 student population. SERVE students work with K-8 students to provide academic support and encourage personal growth. It is through this involvement that students assess their career goals and provide direct service to students and teachers in grades K-8 and their communities.
- Work directly with K-8 students in local classroom settings in order to experience the realities of today’s classrooms at an early stage in their college training and have opportunities to assess the teaching profession as a future career option.
- Have opportunities for interaction with K-8 students by assisting in teacher-student communication, serving as role models, and providing general support in the classroom.
- Be connected with the valuable resource found in the expertise of K-8 educators with current knowledge of urban classrooms. The SERVE students will be able to articulate the values related to citizenship, community service, opportunity, equality and inclusion; thus, enhancing their sense of civic involvement responsibility.
- Gain important insight into the complex mix of social-emotional, cultural, and economic factors affecting the achievement of a diverse student population and of the value of individual attention to student needs.